I only set myself one goal this year: to read at least one book a week in 2018. Now, 52 books seems like a lot everyone I've told this little goal to has said to me that it seems like unreachable goal. However, I've felt that over the last few years that books have become a thing of the past, I no longer seemed to have the time to read. That was a lie. Around Christmas I spent a lot of time relaxing with family and, as luck would have it, reading. It was in that moment that I realised it wasn't that I didn't have the time to read, it was that I wasn't using the time I had to do so.

When I think about that little fact I also think about how much lives have changed and particularly western society sped up. Everything goes so fast, I've often felt swept off of my feet when I have had little to reason to feel that way, I just did because of the way I lived. It takes a lot of self control and many many mistakes to change the flow at which we go but I'm trying to do it. I'm slowing down and reading is the perfect way to do that. Everything I feel myself wanting to reach for my phone for a 'quick' social media scroll I have been instead picking up my book of the week and reading a few pages or the next chapter of it. Suddenly the goal of at least 52 books in 2018 seems a lot more realistic. With that in mind I thought I would compile a reading list of books for this year. There's not 52 on here and I won't necessarily read them in order but it is good place to start.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Feral by George Monbiot
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
The Graces by Laure Eve
Fully Functioning Human (Almost) by Melanie Murphy
Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Replica by Lauren Oliver

Additions (on recommendation):
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Running with Scissors (followed by) Dry by Augusten Burroughs
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I'm planing on adding to this list throughout the year but you can follow me on Twitter (I have a thread going) or Instagram (Take a peek at my 'book' highlights) to keep to up date on the book I read each week. Have you read any of these books or are you planning on reading any? Let me know in the comments below, along with your recommendations.

Em x


  1. I really want to get into reading books again too, I love reading and I don't make enough time for it anymore. We were liars by e. lockhart is one of my favourite books.
    Aleeha xXx

    1. Definitely try to!! Thanks, I’ll add it to my list xx

  2. I love this little goal and totally think you'll smash it! I'm aiming to read more in 2018 (mainly for pleasure, because who reads uni books for fun?) and I'm just about finished with my second! It's The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry and I've loved it. It's so beautiful, but written like a Victorian novel, so I can understand why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. I reeeeally recommend you read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (a magical realism book that feels like a fairytale dream to read), and Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (his memoir - very hard to believe that some of the things in it are real). You should also follow that with Dry by Augusten Burroughs, which I totally think needs to be a film. All 3 are great reads!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

    1. Best of luck!! Thank you SO much for those recommendations I’ll add them to my list xx

  3. Thanks for sharing this! Will definitely pick one of these up as I'd love to get in to reading this year :)
    Feel free to check out my latest post x

  4. That's a sweet way of looking at it. Books definitely help get that little bit of mindful into your life. Good luck with it, I hope you find the time to read and see the benefits. I'm loving the aesthetic of that cover and how it goes with your blog theme, is that weird to point out?

    1. Thanks and not at all aha, I love looking at book covers and that one is particularly nice xx

  5. 52 books is definitely do-able if you want to! :-) You'd be surprised at how many books you can read in a year! I read Swallows and Amazons last year and absolutely loved it, I can't wait to read your thoughts on it when you have finished.

    1. Glad you did! I'll make sure to share xx

  6. Good luck with this! I've not read a whole book for way over 3/4 years now, so I need to get back into the habit of it! :) Tania Michele xx

  7. I think a book a week is totally do able if you're motivated! Good luck xx


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