I’ve started posts like this many times, ‘hello again’, ‘it’s been so long’, ‘I’ve been so neglectful of my blog’ etc. But goddamn it THIS TIME I MEAN IT. This year started off pretty hectic for me, I was approaching the last year of my Open University English Literature & Language degree, as well as working full time, which meant I have had next to no time to read at all.
However, that chapter has closed, and I am NO LONGER A STUDENT. It feels odd, that after three years of solid study that I don’t have to feel guilty about wanting to read a book for pleasure rather than one of the often mundane course books I’ve been drowning in since September 2016. But I have tasted freedom, and I am very much ready for this new bookish chapter (I’m so sorry, that pun was in no way intended).
It is now truly time for me to fall back in love with reading, and chatting about books again on here as well as my Youtube channel . I’m going to start updating this here blog a lot more, and creating videos about the books I’m going to be reading, because I have ACTUALLY BEEN READING SOME THINGS THAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT.
I’m very much excited to burst out of the shackles of studenthood and be able to dive into all the hundreds of books I’ve been pining for over the last three years.
I haven’t updated this blog since January, so I’ll leave a quick list of the books I’ve read since then, and the ratings I gave them. Some of these are due to have full length posts of their once I’ve processed my feelings about them because I have read some incredible work already this month.
2017 so far..
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by John Tiffany, J.K Rowling & Jack Thorne – 4 Stars
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K Rowling – 4 Stars
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl – 2 Stars
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl – 2 Stars
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – 4 Stars
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur – 5 Stars
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – 3 Stars
The Pendle Witches by Walter Bennett – Unrated
All We Know by Donal Ryan – 2 Stars
Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry – Unrated
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – 5 Stars
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – 3 Stars
The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket – 3 Stars
Through The Woods by Emily Caroll – 4 Stars
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – 5 Stars
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo – 5 Stars
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag – 5 Stars
As you can see I’ve had very much a mixed bag of luck with the books I’ve chosen this year, but since finishing uni (from A Little Life on wards) I have had tremendous book fortune and read some absolutely beautiful works of writing. I’m hoping to keep this momentum going, and I’m really really enjoying getting back into reading between February and May I barely read a thing, now in the past three days I’ve finished one novel and read two others. I’m now 20 books into my 50 book goal for the year (not that that matters at all because who needs that kind of pressure) but if I finish the month off with another five books I’m half way through at the half year mark which is bang on track.
I’ll leave it here for now, so just an update and the usual I’M BACK NOW I PROMISE post, but I am back (for now), and I feel really happy about it. I hope you’re all having wonderful reading days, and I look forward to seeing you much more.