Reading Challenge 2020

First things first, let's take care of a little housekeeping. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and managed to spend quality time scoffing down Christmas pudding and smoked salmon with family and friends. We are now fast approaching a new decade (just in case you have been in hibernation for the past few months) and I am quite sure soon enough we will hear the mantra, 'New Year/New Decade, New Me!' 

Now, I am one of those annoying people who relish a New Year. A fresh new diary, all those blank pages to fill, with high expectations that this will be the best one ever! The last few years seem to have come and gone in a flash and 2020 is now nearly upon us. 

As January rolls round, we seem to put added pressure on ourselves to be almost perfect. I'm going to do things slightly differently this year. Yes, I need to trim up and get fitter (this is always a challenge and something this year is high on the agenda), but I have set myself a reading challenge. To read at least 20 books, I will be leaving short reviews on IG Stories.

I have a pile of books to get through (quite possibly more than 20), both fiction and non-fiction. In 2019, I would have quite possibly been able to count the number of books I have read on one hand. Always the same excuse - I do not have enough time. Well the challenge is on #20for20. 

Here are the first books to dust off:

Reading Challenge 2020

The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Stacey Hall's beautifully illustrated cover sold this book to me immediately. The earthy tones of leaves, foxes and gold embossing convinced me I was not going to leave the shop without adding this to my basket. Based in 1612 with an air of mystery and witchcraft, the pages of this book promise a 'spell-binding' treat and I for one cannot wait to get stuck in!

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by  Hiro Arikawa
A book based on a special travelling cat. Based on the blurb I am expecting a light-hearted, refreshing read. This has been on my book shelf for nearly 2 years, it's about time it's dusted off and will be one of the first books I start in 2020. Anything cat related, I am there. You know the saying crazy-cat lady? The finger's pointing right at me!

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyle
Described as 'bold, funny and epic', The Heart's Invisible Furies is a recommendation from The Anna Edit. At over 700 pages long, this is one beefy book. Anna loved it and Kate La Vie's copy fell apart on the beach, as it was read with such love. When we head to California in March, I am pretty confident this will be accompanying me on the flight. I may take a shorter novel as well, just in case I'm not drawn in! I'm keen to see if it's worth both the read and the hype!.

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How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
A perceptive, sharp and witty read from a 2020's Bridget Jones. This sounds like it'd be right up my street. The heroine smart, honest and one of us. Hard to know if it's great as I am making it sound, but I will be sure to let you know.

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson
Sounds dreamy, frothy and refreshing but do not be fooled by the title. Described as 'addictive, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking'. 'A tale of brutality and betrayal'. The Ice Cream Girls feels like a real mystery to me. I cannot wait to discover the ins and outs of this murderous thriller. 

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
A story of three women. Sexy and maybe what 50 Shades wished to be. Yes, I read them all and even the follow up from Christian Grey's perspective - totally corny with the kind of lines you could make up on a rainy Saturday afternoon from your kitchen table! Three Women has the kind of rave reviews which makes you want to read each woman's story. I'm expecting this read to be electric and a must have for any book shelf. 

My Friend Anna by Rachel De-Loache Williams
The true story of charming Anna Delvey. The fake heiress of  New York City. Sucking those around her into believing her 'fake' socialite, lavish lifestyle. Maybe this will be my back-up book when we hit Heathrow in March. Is Anna Delvey really as conniving as we are lead to believe?

Reading Challenge 2020

The first 7 on my list. Please do bare in mind, that I do work long hours, am obsessed with Netflix and house cleaning so it may take a little time. I will however work my way through all of these novels within the first few months of next year. I cannot wait to let you all know which I think are worth checking out or if there are any duds on my shelf. 

After writing this on Saturday morning, I am off to watch Little Women this afternoon. Tomorrow (Sunday 29th) Mum and I are catching the train to London to see Mary Poppins on the stage. I feel so cultured, all this talk of books and shows! 

If I need to visit my local Waterstones or dial up Amazon, with any books you would recommend, then please do let me know in the comments below! Back next week when we will have already counted down the New Year to midnight, so all that's left for me to say is have a great one and I will be back with a bang next week!