Book Haul January 2018

Last year I didn’t make time to read. I love reading, and used to read so many books each year. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to having a child around means that all my time is monopolized playing with them, feeding them, reading to them… I’m not complaining – honest! – but it gets to a point where I’ve read ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ more times than I’d like to count, and before you know it a year has gone past and my ‘Want to read’ list hasn’t gotten any shorter. 

This year, I’m making it my utmost priority to read. Every. Single. Day. There’s always half an hour knocking around somewhere in my day that I can easily set aside to have a coffee and pick up a book.

2018 Reading ChallengeGemma has
read 2 books toward
her goal of
25 books.

And with that in mind, I’ve stocked up my bookcase with a few new books that have been sitting on my Amazon wish list this year whilst I was sale shopping (as you do!), and I can’t wait to get started on them:


Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This book came from a Buzzfeed article that was about the best plot twists in books (which are my favourite kind!), and after reading the synopsis on Amazon I added it to my wish list.

The Power, by Naomi Alderton
This book has been all over my Twitter feed, and it was a part of Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf Book Club on Goodreads for November/December. I was reading Phillip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage during this month, so I added it to my wish list instead. Absolutely cannot wait to start this one!

Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healy
I’ve had this one in my wish list since 2014 when I first read the synopsis when it was listed in Costa Coffee’s shortlist for the First Novel Award. I love murder mystery books, and as this one was compared to Mark Haddon’s A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, I just know I’m going to enjoy it.

One of us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus
This one was technically not in my wish list, but one that was recommended me based on what I’d previously read on Goodreads. It was described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, so I’m already sold.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, by Gail Honeyman
This is a shortlist candidate for Costa Coffee’s Book Awards for 2017, and a soon to be film produced by Reese Witherspoon.

I’ve been given the opportunity to read some books I’ve wanted to for a long time, and reawaken my love of reading. I’m looking forward to spending 2018 with some ‘me’ time, and I can’t think of a better way to do this than with a good book.

I’ll make sure to let you know what these books are like in future blog posts! Leave in the comments some of the books that you got for the holidays this year, and anything you’d like to recommend to me.

Also, if you’ve got an account on Goodreads, please add me as a friend here! It’d be great to see what you’ve been reading!

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