The 'To Read' List: Part 2

One of my goals for this year is to read more books, and I've ambitiously set myself a target of 50 books in a year! This is probably an unrealistic target, but I'm going to try my hardest to achieve it, you can follow my Goodreads account if you want to see how badly I'm doing. For Christmas this year I received a kindle from my mum, so that's definitely been a motivator in reading more, and a lot of the the books on my to read list are on the kindle. 

I'm forever finding, and buying, books I really want to read, so as always this list is ever growing, so these are just the books I want to get stuck into at the moment. First up is:

The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
After reading, and loving Cloud Atlas when I saw this book in Waterstones I immediately wanted it, especially with such a beautiful cover. Josh actually got me this for Christmas and it's probably the one I'm most excited to read. This book follows the life of Holly a teenage runaway who meets a women looking for asylum, it isn't until 'decades have past that Holly realises what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.' The story is described as a metaphysical thriler, and I think it's definitely going to be an interesting read. 

The State We're In - Adele Parks
I received this e-book for free after buying another book on amazon. It's a romantic realistic story with the premise of meeting a stranger on a plane and them changing your life. A women looking for her soul-mate and a cynic who has learnt to never put his faith in others. This seems like it could be a heartwarming read, but nothing too difficult.

Life After Life - Kate Atkinson 
I think I've had this book for almost a year! It was actually in my previous To Read list and I never got round to reading, which is slightly shameful, especially considering I think it sounds like a really interesting read. The story is about a women who keeps being born to the same family but lives a different life each time, her choices and actions result in her living a different life and the book explores these lives. 

It Started With A Kiss - Lindy Dale
Another free e-book, why would I say no?! Another Chick Lit, romantic comedy style book, this one is a shorter story so will probably be a nice easy read for when I just want something quick. 

Us - David Nicholls 
My mum got me this book for Christmas, and it's currently at home for me to read when I'm at home for a few days. This book is from the author of One Day, I haven't read it but I've heard great things about it, and this book has some pretty good reviews as well. The story is about a husband who is trying to save his marriage before his son leaves home by taking the family on one last holiday to bring his family back together and make his wife fall back in love with him. 

The Letter - Kathryn Hughes
I purchased this e-book as it was such a good price on amazon and I wanted to add some books to my kindle. This book is about a women who finds a sealed letter in the pocket of jacket donated to a charity shop, after reading the heartfelt letter she sets out to find out what happened to the writer and the recipient. I love stories that are written about the past and this one is written about both the 70s and the 30s, so should be something I really enjoy. 

Fractured - Dani Atkins
I got this book for 59p from the Kindle Store, which is such a bargain! This looks like a classic Chick Lit book, which is something I love, I like to read a variety of books, but having the option of something easy and fun to read is always good in my opinion. This is another book that is about second chances and different lives. It seems to be about two different lives of Rachel after 'the accident' one where things didn't end so well and one where things seem to be great. 

The Amber Keeper - Freda Lightfoot
This book was free as part of the Amazon Prime account. Another historical book set in England in the 1960s and Russia in 1911, the story recounts Abbie's story as she seeks comfort from her Grandmother after her mothers death. We are then transported back in time through Grandmother Millie's tales of her past. 

The Shock Of The Fall - Nathan Filer
This has been a book I've wanted to read for a while now, so when I saw it for £2 in the charity shop I quickly picked it up and Im excited to get into it. I love the cover and from the blurb you get very little information, which is something I both love and hate! Described as deeply moving, touching, funny, and bittersweet I think this book is going to be one I enjoy and can't put down. 

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
I've never really read any 'classics' but this is something I want to change, especially as a lot of them are free on kindle. I decided to start with The Great Gatsby as I loved the film and think it will be a really fun book written about an era I'm fascinated by. It's also not too long so I'll hopefully be able to read it quickly. 

So it looks like I better get reading then! If you've read any of these books I'd love to hear your thoughts, or if you've got any recommendations of books I should read this year leave them in the comments. Let me know what you're reading at the moment. 


  1. Reading more is one of my goals for the year too and I'm trying to get more use from my Kindle. I love looking at people's to-read lists and book review posts to get ideas for what else to read. I've just finished 'Elizabeth is Missing', a story told from the perspective of an elderly lady with dementia trying to solve a case of a disappearing friend. It's so cleverly written with intertwining stories that I just couldn't put it down!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  2. Ah I really want to read The Bone Clocks and Us too! Will you be reviewing them?
    Also The Great Gatsby is up there with one of my favourite books of all time - definitely a great place to start when it comes to the 'classics'

    Beth x

  3. I've set myself a similar challenge - to read a book a week! I've read The Great Gatsby and can honestly say it's one of my fave books - one that will stick with you for a while. And I also read The Shock of the Fall last week (there's a review on my blog if you're interested!)

    Beth // Bethany Georgina

  4. I've got The Bone Clocks but I'm only a few pages in as it's too big to lug around with me on the tube every day! If you're looking for more classics that aren't too dreary, I really recommend The Picture of Dorian Gray, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, Frankenstein, Little Women and Pride and Prejudice. They're books I can go back to again and again and never get bored!

  5. I've read fractured! It's really good! Like you I saw it in store and thought it was such a bargain so just went for it, it's an easy read but I love a quick dose of romance/girly nonsense every now and then haha! But seriously it is a really nice book, I loved it <3

  6. I've wanted to read both 'Shock Of The Fall' and 'The Bone Clocks' after seeing them in Waterstones. I've read Life after Life and actually hated it, so I hope you do better with it! I've set myself a task of reading 50 books this year and I'm currently on a Jill Mansell book, one of my favourites! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

  7. This was one of my resolutions as well and I got the same kindle haha :) great choices so far ! x

  8. I love hearing what people are reading, gives me some great suggestions. Ooh that book sounds interesting, I'll have to put it on my goodreads list to eventually read once I've got through all of these! x

  9. It's huge isn't it! I'm sort of reading that and one on my kindle at the same time as don't want to take The Bone Clocks out with me. I think Little Women and To Kill a Mockingbird are definitely ones I want to read so they'll probably be next on my list. x

  10. Im already behind on my challenge, I think 50 might have been a bit ambitious but we will see how I go! Everyone seems to recommend Gatsby so i can't wait to read it. I'll definitely check out your review as I have no idea what the book is actually about! x

  11. I've started life after life but then for some reason didn't keep reading it, but I will read it eventually! I'll have to let you know what I think of Us when I get round to reading it. I think 50 might have been a bit ambitious but I'll give it a good go! x

  12. Aw great can't wait to read it then. Sometimes you do just need a quick easy read so hopefully that will fill that role. :) x

  13. Did you enjoy both of them then? I started Life after Life but for some reason didn't keep reading which usually isn't a good sign but I'll give it a go, sorry you didn't like it. Good luck with your challenge!! Are you on goodreads? I'd love to be able to keep up with what you're reading? I like Jill Mansell she's great. x

  14. Good luck too then! haha Hopefully we will succeed :) x

  15. I'll try and review one of them, I'm reading The Bone Clocks at the moment so might review it once I've finished, it's a long book though! Wow I'll definitely have to read Gatsby soon then! x

  16. I'm really looking forward to reading The Shock of The Fall, would love to know your thoughts on it! Where did you get your Kindle case from? It's a lush colour x

  17. I might do a review of it once I've read it, I've heard mixed reviews about it though. And I actually got the kindle and the case as a Christmas present from my mum, but I think she got it from amazon. x