I’ve always been a big fan of reading, even since I was little. A love of books is one of the big things I want to pass on to George. With it being a new year, I want to make sure I make even a little dent into the mountain of books I have that are still to be read. Since becoming a mum, sitting back with a book has been at the bottom of my list of priorities but 2020 is going to be about more self-care. To kick it off, I’ve selected a few that have been in my collection for a while that I want to finish by my birthday at the end of March. Here we go!
The Marble Collector – CecElia Ahern
First on my list is one that I’m already a couple of chapters into (does it still count?) and already really enjoying. I’ve only read one other Cecelia Ahern book so far and no it wasn’t P.S. I Love You – although I do have a copy of it on the shelf! This tells the story of Samantha and her dad, Fergus, who had a stroke and now cannot remember simple things that happened yesterday. When she finds a collection of his marbles among his belongings she starts to learn things about him that she never knew before. The book is written from the perspective of Samantha and also her Dad, but when he was a child. It’s very cleverly done so far and I’m really looking forward to getting more stuck in to the story.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
This one has been on my radar for a little while but has only made it’s way into my collection this past Christmas as a present. I think the release of the sequel brought it back into my peripherals and reminded me that I wanted to read it. I really enjoy historical fiction, especially when based around WW2 – The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas are two of my favourites. Although not entirely factually accurate, I think I’m going to enjoy this one and predict that I’ll get through it faster than the others.
Let It Go – Jen Calonita & A Whole New World – Liz Braswell
I bunched these two in together as my reasons for wanting to read them are the same. These new takes on Disney stories give a fresh new outlook on the classic. Having something that contains familiar characters but has a varying story sounds really interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing how the authors interpret this and re-imagine it.
These are the books on my current ‘to be read’ list – what do you think? Once I’ve made it through this little stack I’ve got a tonne of books that I haven’t yet read but I’m always looking for new recommendations. Tell me which books I should be reading next in the comments!