The 2018 Reading List
I have too many books! Honestly Waterstones would envy my house right now. But I am one of those people that firmly believes you can never have too many. I have a huge reading list for 2018 and I think it's my most diverse list ever. I have promised myself that one of my less serious resolutions would be to read more. A few years ago I would never have thought about picking up a book that wasn't fiction. But I like to think I am slowly branching out into other genres. In this post I have compiled a brief summary of all the books I want to read by the end of this year. Excuse me while I cancel all my plans and grab a coffee and a cosy blanket.
Waterstones Leatherbound Classics
I have become obsessed with collecting these beauties! I first fell in love with these books when I saw a small table of them in the shop and thought how great it would be to not only enjoy the words within but the aesthetic of the outside cover art too. I hate squeezing finished books onto my shelf and then have them never seeing the light of day again, so to have these adorning my windowsill or bedside table makes me so happy. Already in my collection I have Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. I am under no illusions I probably won't get through all four of these plus the rest of this list but hey, they can sit a look pretty until I do.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This book was recommended to me by a friend who said she thought I would love how creepy and mysterious it was and I searched and searched for a nice copy for ages. I finally got it from the cutest little shop in Newquay in Cornwall whose owners were the kindest people! They even brought this copy from their other shop over for me to pick up. I also picked up another du Maurier piece called The Parasites which I started reading first and adored the way du Maurier writes. This one is the first on my list to finish for sure.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Both books have been recommended by my boyfriend here. One because he knows I like mysteries and one because he knows I have a bit of a morbid curiosity. Guess which is which? Having watched the film adaptation of American Psycho I already know a little about the synopsis. The story of your average good looking and charming Manhattan Wall Streeter who just so happens to be a psychotic loon. Not much turns my stomach but I have been forewarned that this book will definitely challenge that. Elizabeth is Missing, however, seems to be more of a mystery fiction. With the premise of an ordinary yet forgetful woman being the only person who believes her friend has gone missing and struggling to make anyone believe her, Elizabeth is Missing promises to be an interesting and thoughtful read.
S.U.M.O (Shut Up and Move On) by Paul McGee
My Dad gave me this book a long time ago. I promised him I would read it then swiftly put it on my bookshelf and didn't think about it for years. Ahh the times where I was clearly so care free and didn't think I needed any self help what so ever! Encapsulating my favourite saying from my Father “tie it to a balloon and let it go,” S.U.M.O promises to teach it's readers to be more positive and fulfil their potential If it worked for my Dad I sure hope it will work for me. So instead of dwelling on something, shut up about it and move on. This is definitely something I aim to work on during 2018.
Stop, Look, Breathe, Create by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
This is a book I have mentioned before on my blog and have even made it into a photography project. Stop, Look, Breathe, Create teaches a four step process to channel mindfulness and observation into creativity through the medium of either photography, drawing or writing. Each chapter is a project to work with the end result being with a work of words or imagery. This isn't a book I am continually reading as I would a fiction but when I feel myself lacking a bit of creativity I find reading a chapter and practising the stop, look, breathe, create process really helps open my mind to new ideas.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
I saw the film adaptation of this at Christmas 2016 and as a Harry Potter fan already, I loved it! Eddie Redmayne captured my heart as the awkward yet adorable Newt Scamander and brought the magic of the HP universe back to life after the original series finished. After this I already wanted this book in my life, however, when I learned that the story came in the form of a screenplay I was even more intrigued to read it. I have heard great reviews from family and friends about this book and I'm very keen to explore the difference in atmosphere and tone with the scripted format. So fingers crossed I'll get round to this one soon.
Hans Christian Anderson Fairytales
Last but not least! Since I can remember I have been obsessed with fairytales and folklore so this read is right up my street. A compilation of Anderson's most beloved yet often bittersweet works of fiction I have been guilty of picking and choosing which ones to read instead of working through the book from start to finish.
This was gifted to me by my boyfriend for my birthday and since then I have been obsessed with not only the stories but the aesthetic of the book itself. With the beautiful cover art and great quality paper it is a delight to both read and have displayed on your coffee table.