Last year (2015), I read 20 novels. My goal for this year is to read 30 – but I want to make more of an effort to soak in what I read by commenting, reviewing, and highlighting impressive excerpts. Sometimes even in the plainest and least praised stories, authors concoct such lovely images and use language so perfectly – so I want to draw attention to this.

This year, you can expect a book review every 2 weeks or so, with some delicious, juicy excerpts in between.

[I may even dabble in some of my own writing, as on top of reading 30 books, I have some strict objectives regarding my own writing in 2016. It’s time to get serious!]

Out of interest, these are the books I read last year:

  • The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (2014)
  • Emotional Intelligence, David Goleman (2005)
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (1962)
  • The Secret of Magic, Deborah Johnson (2014)
  • A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (1929)
  • The Forever Girl, Alexander McCall Smith (2014)
  • The Winter Garden, Jane Thynne (2014)
  • The Four Loves, CS Lewis (1960)
  • The Museum of Things Left Behind, Seni Glaister (2015)
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (1998)
  • The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (2015)
  • The Rabbit Back Literature Society, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (2013)
  • The Wild Things, Dave Eggers (2009)
  • The Perfume Collector, Kathleen Tessaro (2013)
  • Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee (2015)
  • The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert (2013)
  • The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George (2015)
  • Between You and Me, Mary Norris (2015)
  • Flappers and Philosophers, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell (2010)

Book-ended by David Mitchell, it was an excellent year of reading! I’ve come to realise that David Mitchell is an incredible author. Also a special shoutout for Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. I was not expecting it to be so good – so rich and immersive.


[P.S. Happy New Year]


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