So anyone who has read any of my book club post knows I love reading and this year I want to challenge myself. I have a lot of books that need to be read and no doubt I will get more to add to this list. So I decided to set a reading challenge. I decided to set mine on the goodreads app so that I can just keep track of what I’ve read how many books I have lefts to reach my goal. I set my goal at 25 books but Im hoping to read more. So I thought I would share with you some of the books I want to read this year. So here we go.
Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe.
Blurb – Megan’s body image issues began when she was five years old and at fourteen she found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. Until she found body positivity and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she’s determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are.
Megan Jayne Crabbe is known as bodyposipanda on instagram and is part of the body positive movement. If you have ever have struggled with hating the way you look or hating your weight then you need to look at her instagram and read this book. I am currently reading this book and I’ve never loved myself and my body more and I’m only 80 pages in. Everybody desires to feel sexy and beautiful and loved Megan really shows you that your just that. I’m so excited to finish this book and spread the love.
The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North
Blurb – No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, every time Harry dies, he always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life lived a dozen time before. Nothing ever changes – until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears his bedside.’I nearly missed you Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’ This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
This book really stood out to me because of the concept of rebirth. That when Harry dies his life starts again, he is born again. I have started reading this and I’m about 37% though but I am finding it a bit of a chore at the moment. To me its time jumps can be a bit confusing and there is a lot of scientific language which sometimes I have to stop and Google. But I will finish this book and I don’t like to let books bet me.
The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr hyde and other tales of terror by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Blurb – Published as a ‘Shilling shocker’ Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll’s strange association with ‘damnable young man’ Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde’s true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil.
I really wanted to start and read more classic books and I love horror and more traditional horrors so I thought this would be a great start to classic as its sort stories to get me started to dive in to some of the other classic books I have to read. The other stories in this collection is The body snatcher, Olalla and A Chapter on dreams. There is also a part called Diagnosing Jekyll : the scientific context to Dr Jekyll’s Experiment and Mr Hyde’s Embodiment by Robert Mighall which sounds really interesting to dive into the science behind to story.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Blurb – Obsessed with creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life with electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.
When I was in high school our English lessons were split in to sets from 1 to 6. The top two set were considered the smart ones 3 and 4 were middle and 5 and 6 where the people who needed some help. Each group of sets would read something different. I was in set 3 so I read Of mice and men (which I love), An Inspector calls, Romeo and Juliet and Jane Eyre (which we did not finish as most people in my group hated reading). But The top sets read The kill and mockingbird and Frankenstein and I really wanted to read them both but never got the changes. So now Im going to read both of them that I have wanted to read since high school.
The letters of Vincent Van Gogh
Blurb – Few artists’ letters are as self-revelatory as Vincent Van Gogh’s and this selection, spanning his artistic career, sheds light on every facet of the life and work of this complex and tortured man. Engaging candidly and movingly with his religious struggles, his ill-facted search for love, his attacks of mental illness and his relationship with his brother Theo, the letters contradict the popular image of Van Gogh as an anti-social madman and a martyr to art, showing a man of great emotional and spiritual depths. Above all, they stand as an intense personal narrative of artistic development and a unique account of the process of creation.
I’m not a massive art fan. I can appreciate a good piece of art but I never studied it and couldn’t tell you who’s art work it was (unless it was a really popular one). But ever since I listened to the podcast Do Go On and the episode about Vincent Van Gogh I was really interested in him and his life. During the episode they mentioned he and his brother would send letters to each other constantly that it was almost like his diary. When I was browsing Amazon and sure this book I had to get it and read his letters to get a insight into what he was thinking and his life from his point of view.
The keeper of lost things by Ruth Hogan
Blurb – Meet the Keeper of lost things… Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the keeper of lost things have unforeseen repercussion which triggers a most serendipitous series of encounters.
This book jump out at me for a very cute story but has a little bit of mystery to it like what promise did he brake and why did he start doing this. But I just drawn to this book and think it will make a great holiday read considering I will be going on a 9 hour flight there and a 8 hours back Ill have plenty of time to read.