I set myself a bigger reading goal than last year, which got me thinking about the books wanted to try reading. I’ve been guilty over the years of buying books and then not reading them, meaning my bookshelf has become somewhat cluttered with unloved books that I should really get through.
Here’s a list of 5 of the books on my shelf that I want to read this year:
1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I’ve had this book on my shelf for years, where I’ve tended to repeat a cycle of starting it, getting distracted, and putting it back again… It surprises me because when I do start reading it I find the characters so unique and so endearing in their own ways, such that I hope to become reacquainted with them again this year and finally finish this book. I recently went to see the new Little Women film that came out this year too, so it would be nice to read the book that inspired it (and also see the previous film too!)
2. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
At the end of last year I got into a H G Wells phase and was on the lookout for some more science fiction novels to read when I got given a collection of Jules Verne novels as a secret Santa gift at Christmas! There are a few in this collection I was hoping to read, but this one is at the top of that list.
3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
A book by two authors I admire?! A couple of years ago I read American Gods by Neil Gaiman which I thoroughly enjoyed, and over the years I’ve tucked into a few of Terry Pratchett’s incredible stories too, so seeing they had written a book together was really exciting. Fantasy is probably my favourite genre to read, and judging by the calibre of authors, it’s going to be a great read! I also really want to see Good Omens on Amazon Prime, so it would be good to read this before starting that.
4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Before Christmas, I visited the Jane Austen museum in Bath where I bought this gorgeous book. I know, I know, I judged the cover and not the book but being familiar with Austen’s story telling reputation I’m sure its content is on par!
5. The Understudy by David Nicholls
I’ve got a mix of genres in my reading list with a science fiction, a fantasy and a couple of what I think might be called romance novels (definitely not sure what genre they would fall under), so I thought I’d pick a modern literature book from my bookshelf that I’ve not read yet but which I’ve heard is good.
What’s on your reading list? ♥