New Year #BookTag – Hello 2018!


I saw this tag over at both Katherine @ BibliomaniacUK  and CleopatraLovesBooks and thought it was a great 1st January post to share my reading hopes and goals this year. I did plan to post it earlier, but taxi-ing kids to and from their social activities and dinner and a couple of drinks with the parents took longer than I thought! So, late but here it is…

How many books are you planning to read in 2018? 

I’ve joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge again. Last year I started at 50, upped it to 100 after getting to target in early June and then ended the year on a disappointing 88! I was 10 books ahead in September, but some crappy stuff meant reading went out the window.

So of course, this year I’ve set my challenge at 104 – I WILL do it! You can follow my progress here if you fancy.

Name five books you didn’t get to read this year but want to make a priority in 2018? 

Oh god! So many! But the top five I’m definitely planning on catching up with soon are:  

The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Final Girls by Riley Sager 

Together by Julie Cohen 

The Break by Marian Keyes 

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly 

Name a genre you want to read more of? 

I try and read a varied selection of books already, but I’d like to read more historical – a genre that I love but haven’t read so much recently. I’ve also decided to overcome my fear of becoming committed to series. I’ve avoided them for years, probably due to sickening myself with never ending YA vampire books (yes House of Night and Morganville, I’m looking at you!) I’ve bought the first books in Angela Marsons’ DI Kim Stone series and Robert Bryndza Detective Erika Foster series as bloggers really rate both.

Three non book related goals for 2018? 

Be more healthy, Be more positive, Be more brave

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read? 

Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours. I could not wait for this to be published in 2010 and pre-ordered it way in advance … then never read it! My good pal Daisychain Books had the same issue…wonder of you ever got around to it!?! (hangs head in shame)

the distant hours

One word that you’re hoping 2018 will be? 


Tag a friend….. 

Anyone fancy it?


Six In Six – A Look Back At Some Of My Top Books Of 2017 So Far…

6 I saw this over at Cleopatra Loves Books, and thought it was a great idea to look back at books read so far in 2017. Hosted by Jo’s Book Journey, the idea is sharing 6 books, in 6 categories from the first half of the year. So here’s my choices:

6 Books I Have Enjoyed The Most 



6 Psychological Thrillers I Have Read & Enjoyed 



6 New To Me Authors 



6 Covers I’ve Loved



6 Books Which Took Me To The Past 



Six Books I Own & Can’t Believe I Haven’t Managed To Read Yet 


Top Ten Book Goals Of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 
Here’s my list…
1. Read at least 52 books in 2013…I’m going for a goal I know I can achieve this year
2. Allow a total of 2 new books a MONTH into the house. (a difficult, but essential one) 
3. Write reviews of books within 24 hours of finishing. Or at least take detailed notes. 
4. Read a couple of classics to prepare for next years uni course. 
5. Read a good mix of adult, YA and kids books and be unafraid of mixing genres.

6. Catch up on a few series I’m way behind on.

7. Say no-no matter how tempting! Realistically, I can’t read all the review books I’m offered so I’m not going to try. I’ll be operating a very strict review book acceptance policy. 
8. Get back into the habit of participating in the blog community.
9. Update seriously out of date Review A-Z and interview links (ongoing from 2012-eeek) 
10. Read The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (a compulsory goal-for the 3rd year running!)