6 Books I want to Read in 2022

A round up of the books I hope to check off my TBR list in 2022. Books from varying genres, fiction and non-fiction.

Last year I set myself a Goodreads challenge of reading 10 books in 2021, but unfortunately I didn’t acheive that. I was a bit gutted, but my house renovations took over my life, so it’s not that I didn’t have a valid reason for the lack of reading. But I did read a book, which has become one of my most favourite reads of all time, I think it’s even changed my life to some extent.

Anyway, I’ve set myself the same target again this year. I know 10 books might not seem like a lot to some of you, but anything is a start. I wanted to share the books I plan to read this year, hopefully to give you some inspiration on your next read, and to start up a conversation about some great books.

Book 1 – The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things book
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

This is the book I’m currently reading, I picked this up last year at an Age UK Charity Shop on Allerton Road in Liverpool. Although second hand, it looks as though it was never read by its previous owner, the spine is completely in tact.

Anthony Peardew has spet his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realsing he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all his lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners

But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen reprecussions which trigger a most serendiptous series of encounters.”

The blurb intrigued me, although different to the books I would normally gravitate towards. I’m usually drawn to crime fiction, but wanted to branch out and discover other genres that I may grow to love.

Book 2 – The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl

This book needs no introduction, and is a book I’ve wanted to read for many years. I visited Amsterdam a few years ago, and took a trip to the Anne Frank Museum. I’ve always been interested in reading Anne Franks Diary, but have never gotten around to it. I bought the book for my boyfriend a number of years ago, and I think it’s about time I delve into the life of this brave young girl.

Book 3 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo

I think I heard about this book through a blogger, I forget who, but I instantly added to my Goodreads list. The book sounds like it will be a difficult read, not in the sense that I won’t enjoy it, but that the story will be upsetting.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo–until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain.

Book 4 – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Over the past 12 months, I’ve witnessed many bookish bloggers talk about this novel, which has only piqued my interest even further. Another story which is different to anything I have read before, but definitely a book that sounds like it has many twists and turns throughout its pages.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Book 5 – The Silent Patient

Out of all the books I have already mentioned, this is the one that screams out to me the most. A mystery crime thriller set in London. I think this will be a page turner that I won’t be able to put down, leaving me wanting more and hanging onto every word.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Book 6 – The Flat Share

The Flat Share seems to be a cult favourite throughout the blogging community, and one I’m yet to get my teeth into. The story has over 4 stars on Goodreads, which is a good indication of how good the book is. The genre is romance and contemporary fiction, again, swaying out of my confort zone. But the story sounds like it will be a barrel of laughs and heartwarming to say the least.

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I have more than 6 books on my Goodreads list, however these are the main culprits that I really want to check off my TBR pile this year. I hope to add/read more throughout 2022, and would love to hear your recommendations. Have I mentioned any of your favourite books in my 2022 book round up?

Until Another Day x

How The Midnight Library Changed my Life

A fiction book changing someones life sounds a tad melodramatic doesn’t it? However, after reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, I can truly say it has changed my perspective on life, here’s how.

I finished reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig in just under a week. I absolutely devoured the book, I could have finished it a lot sooner, but wanted to savour every word. The Midnight Library has completely changed my perspective on life (not wanting to sound extreme). Although a fiction novel, it contains valuable life lessons which we can ALL learn from. Here is why The Midnight Library changed my life.

The Midnight Library book by Matt Haig

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I want to share a little background on the book, don’t worry I won’t give any spoilers. The Midnight Library is a place in between life and death where there are infinite possible lives a person could have lived. The main protagonist, Nora Seed, is given the opportunity to live the other lives she may have lived, by underdoing her regrets and choosing differently.

Three Ways The Midnight Library Changed my Life

  1. Stop worrying about regrets – Every one of us has some form of regret, whether that’s not going to University, cancelling plans with friends, or not saying yes to a guy/gal that asked you out. Instead of dwelling on things that I didn’t do, I’m going to flip them on their head and turn them into positives. For example, if I went to University, the chances are I wouldn’t be in the job I currently have. I love my day job and have progressed higher up the ranks over the years. I didn’t go to University to get where I am, so why should I dwell on not going, when I’m happy!
  2. Don’t take things for granted – Throughout life, we either make small decisions ourselves, or small things happen which are out of our control. These could have a huge impact on our lives without us realising. For example, a red traffic light slowing down a journey. This exact scenario happened to me a few years ago, stopping at the red light prevented my boyfriend and I from being in a car accident. A few moments after carrying on with our journey we witnessed a car crash, which we likely would have been caught in if the light hadn’t turned red. A red light can be frustrating, but it might just change the course of your life.
  3. It’s helped with grief…kinda – over the past two years my life has been filled with heartbreak and grief. My Grandad sadly passed away in December 2019, right before Christmas. It was unexpected and I really struggled to come to terms with it. Last, November, a family friend of mine past away at just 18 years old from SUDEP, Suddent Epileptic Death Syndrome. A fiction book helping with grief seems a little dramatic, but for me, as someone who constantly thinks of parallel universes and life after death, it gave me a new concept to consider when dealing with life and death. Personally, I find it rather comforting that when we die, there is something beyond simply no longer existing.
The Midnight Library Back Cover Blurb

I truly loved every moment of The Midnight Library, and I would urge everyone to read it. It’s one of those books that is completely deserving of the hype it has received, I will definitely re-read this book at some point in the future. Over the years, I have read a couple of Matt Haig books, every one of them is beautifully written, and deserving of some form of award. I loved How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive. Humans is sitting on my shelf ready to read too!

Have you read The Midnight Library? Did you love it as much as I did?

Until Another Day x

Update on my 2021 Goals

At the start of 2021, I decided to set myself 3 achievable goals that I wanted to focus on throughout the next 12 months. When I shared this online, I received a comment from a fellow blogger who suggested I posted updates on my journey after a few months. So here I am to give you a little update on my goals.

Read some of my book every day

I set a Goodreads target for the year as a modest 10 books, I don’t usually read this many in a year so I thought this was reasonable. I shared the books I wanted to read this year on the blog, and in January I managed read 2 1/2 books.

In February, I finished my 3rd book and began reading Death in Springtime, however I could not for the life of me engage with this story. I found it overly descriptive with so much unecessary speech, so for a few days I found myself not picking it up. In the end I decided to scrap the book entirely and start with another The Holiday by T.M. Logan, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

On the days that I didn’t read a physcial book, I did read blog posts, so I was technically still reading. I was disappointed that I struggled with Death in Springtime and I really don’t think I’ll pick it back up.

In March, I really struggled to read. I want to be completely honest with you, and I only read my book a handful of times. I didn’t do much blogging in March either, I lost my motivation. Now that April is here I want to get my reading mojo back. I’m currently reading The Polish Detective by Hania Allen which is actually super interesting. I recently bought The Midnight Library and Humans by Matt Haig which I’ve added to my TBR pile.

Do a full skincare routine morning and evening

I have really enjoyed sitting down of a morning and taking the time for my skin before starting my work day (from home). My skincare routine takes less than 5 minutes so it is very easy to follow. One morning, at the end of January, I woke up with a severe migraine, it was so bad that I could barely eat or get out of bed until the evening. That day, I ended up skipping my morning routine, but made the time in the evening, when I was feeling better, to concentrate on my skin.

Write a highlight of each day

This is one goal that I have managed to do every day without fail. At 9pm a reminder will go off on my phone, allowing me a few minutes to reflect on the day and pick a point which stood out to me. Don’t get me wrong, some days are especially difficult because of lockdown, so I did struggle to think of the positives on some days. I can tell that in 12 months time, I will be so glad I started this, it will be really fun to look back on in the future.

I did slip up on a couple of my goals, mainly the reading goal, however I am fully committed to sticking with each of them as much as I can in 2021. Did you set yourself any goals this year? How are you finding it?

Until Another Day x

10 Books I am Reading in 2021

2021 is the year I want to start reading more. Reading is something that I love to do, but I find that I become easily drawn to other activities and ultimately break the habit. I recently purchased quite a few second hand books, 7 to be exact, and I received a book as a Christmas present from my boyfriend.

I set-up a Goodreads account with a small target of 10 books, not wanting to give myself an unachievable goal. I see some people reading over 100 books a year, like HOW? Is that the only thing they do? I’m just jealous tbh, I wish I had the time…and motivation to smash a target like that.

My favourite genre of books has to be crime fiction or anything thrilling. I’ve never been into love story or fantasy novels, but it’s about time I branched out a little bit. To be fair, the majority of the books on my list are crime fiction, so if this is your prefered genre then you’re going to love this post.

1. The Hunting Party

I started this book at the end of 2020 and finished it on 4 January 2021. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley is the perfect crime novel. Set in the beautiful Scottish highlands, a group of old friends venture to a stunning remote hunting lodge to celebrate New Years Eve together. However, on New Years Day, one of them is dead! A classic who-done-it novel, featuring lots of twists, it’s definitely worth a read, I found myself struggling to put it down!

2. The Turn of the Key

This is my second book of 2021. I’m just a few pages in and I am already hooked! The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware follows Rowan, who stumbles across an advert online for a live-in nanny position, with an amazing salary, she had found her dream job.

“What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell, awaiting trial for murder”

When I spotted The Turn of the Key in Waterstones, this quote from the blurb instantly piqued my interest and I really wanted to get my hands on it. My boyfriend remembered how drawn to it I was and gave me it as a Christmas present!

3. My Lemon Grove Summer

I picked this up in a second hand book store at the end of 2020 (5 books for £5, what a bargain). My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas isn’t the sort of book I would normally reach for, but as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I want to broaden my horizons a little.

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could this be just what she needs? And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

I can already tell I’m going to have the holiday blues whilst reading this book!

4. The Polish Detective

Another crime novel, who would have guessed?? The Polish Detective is the first book in the Dania Gorska series written by Hania Allen. Set in Dundee (side note – why are all crime books set in Scotland??), Dania is sent to investigate three murders, each body is posed in a different way, one being dressed and staged as a scarecrow (how creepy!!).

If I like this book, I might look into the other books in the series too.

5. The Devil You Know

When an intruder breaks into Rosa Fishers home, they both soon discover that it isn’t Rosa he is looking for, but someone else! The Devil You Know by Emma Kavanagh is a psychological thriller that I just cannot wait to read. It’s a book I defintely love the sound of, I’m hoping it’s a real page turner!

6. Death in Springtime

I picked this up in a quaint little book shop in Looe, Cornwall. After doing a little research, I’ve discovered it’s actually the 3rd book in the series by Magdalen Nabb, however it does not appear to link in with the others besides having the same detective. The story follows detective Marshal Guarnaccia after two foreign girls are abducted from a Florance piazza in broad daylight.

7. Death in Autumn

This is the fourth book in the same series by Magdalen Nabb. Death in Autumn was published in 1985 so it’s quite an old book.

“The body of a woman, clad only in a fur coat and jewelry, is found floating in the Arno at dawn. Marshal Guarnaccia of the Florentine carabinieri identifies her as a missing hotel guest. But how and why did she die? Was it a bizarre suicide? Or murder?”

8. The Holiday

The Holiday written by T.M. Logan follows a group of families enjoying a week in the glorious sunshine in the south of France. Kate suspects her husband of cheating on her, with one of her best friends! This trip could be the perfect opportunity for Kate to find the proof she needs.

“Seven Days. Three Families. One Killer”

I’m super intrigued to see where this book takes me. A cheating scandal and a murder, I think I’m in for a bumpy ride with this book.

9. Only Child

When I found the Only Child by Rhiannon Navin in the store, I instantly knew I needed to pick it up. On the front cover, it was described along the lines of “fans of Room will love this book”. The Room is one of my favourite books and due to its similarites I couldn’t just leave it sitting on a shelf. Narrated by a 6 year old boy, Zach Taylor is squeezed into a closet with his teachers and classmates as gunshots ring through his school. A gunman has taken 19 lives, Zach’s mum goes on a quest for justice, holding the shooters parents responsible for their sons actions. Zach retreats to his hideout and loses himself in books and art.

10. The Humans

Out of all the books on my list, The Humans by Matt Haig is one that I have wanted to read for such a long time. Matt Haig is one of my favourite authors at the moment. The reason for The Humans being at the bottom of my list is because I’m yet to get my hands on it. It’s a lot different to the stories I usually read, but that’s what has caught my attention. The main protagonist Andrew Martin, wakes up one day be repulsed by his wife and son, even food makes him feel nauseous. He hates everyone on the planet, except his dog, Newton.

There you have it, 10 books I hope to read in 2021. I have a few others in mind that I’d like to read, however my Goodreads target is set to 10 (which I’m hoping I beat) so I don’t want to overwhelm myself too early on. I would love to know if you have read any of the books I’ve mentioned, or if you have recommendations for me!

Until Another Day x