My 2017 Reading List

As mentioned in my Goals For 2017 post, I want to try and read more so am setting myself a goal to read at least 8 books this year. This number is quite low because I’m not a big reader and I don’t really make much time to read. In the future I’d love to be able to read 20+ books in a year but for now I’m sticking with 8 for definite and any extras are just bonus’.

b_daldDream A Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
Sure, she’s been single for the last two years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy(ish).

So it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams…do they?

b_awlAlways With Love by Giovanna Fletcher
Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.

But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.

And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more that just miles between them.

Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not all love stories end happily ever after…

Sidenote: Always With Love is a sequel to Giovanna’s debut novel, Billy & Me.

b_otosOn The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
He noticed she had a twinkle. It was right there in her eyes. Maybe it was the slight scrunch of her nose when she smiled at him which made the corner of her eyes crease that caused it or maybe it was the way her eyebrows framed her face no matter what it was, when he saw that twinkle all he heard in his head was his heart laughing.

b_qQuiet by Susan Cain
For far too long, those who are naturally quiet, serious or sensitive have been overlooked. The loudest have taken over – even if they have nothing to say.

It’s time for everyone to listen. It’s time to harness the power of introverts. It’s time for Quiet.

b_fFlawed by Cecelia Ahern
“I cannot fathom how I can be here.
I can’t be Flawed.
I am perfect.”

Celestine North lives a perfect life. But then Celestine breaks a rule and faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisioned. Branded. Found FLAWED.

In this heartbreaking and uplifting novel, worldwide phenomenon Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished.

And where one young woman takes a stand that could cost her everything.

b_eeEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Live life in a bubble? Or risk everything for love?

Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.

Olly is the boy next door. He’s determined to find a way to reach her.

Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love.

b_hHappy: Finding Joy In Every Day And Letting Go Of Perfect by Fearne Cotton
“This book is a way to release what’s going on inside your head and to keep heading towards the good stuff. The simple stuff. The stuff that’s going to really hit up that happiness on a deep and nourishing level. Whether you dip into these pages every now and then when you feel you need it, or use it daily as a positive exercise, I hope it brings you much relief, joy and calm. Amen to the pen.” – Fearne Cotton

For many of us, life can feel like it’s moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides – whether that’s from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and – too often – feeling blue.

This book isn’t out until next week, 9th February, however it’s definitely something that I’d be interested in purchasing later on in the year. I feel like I would benefit from a book like this and it’s a bit different from my usual reading book genre.

b_iIrresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watchingby Adam Alter
How many times have you checked your phone today? Why are messaging apps, email and social media so hard to resist? How come we always end up watching another episode?

In recent years, media and technology have perfected the lucrative art of gaining and holding our attention. This extraordinary feat has changed the behaviour of billions of people, and especially the young: by current medical standards, we are experiencing an unprecedented, global pandemic of addiction. But what exactly is an addiction? And what, if anything, might we do about it?

This book isn’t out until 2nd March but is another book that I will be looking into purchasing later in the year.

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

You’ll make a friend for life.

And she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …

Uplifting. Empowering. Completely enchanting.

This is another book that isn’t currently for sale. Wilde Like Me comes out 29th June and I am really excited to get my hands on it and read it. I’ve been following Louise on YouTube for a few years now and I just love how real she is. I have her first book, a non fiction book called ‘Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter’ (sprinkleofglitter being her YouTube username) and really enjoyed reading it and it is full of inspiring and comforting words. It’s definitely a book I’ll keep going back to so I’m excited to see what Louise’s fiction writing style will be.

This is my base list of books to read if you like, I will probably add more books to it as I find more that look interesting. If anyone has any suggestions for books that I should read I’d love to hear them.

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