My name is Sally, and I am an addict.

I am addicted to spending hours searching Book Depository, iTunes and Amazon, adding books to my wishlists and purchasing more books than my bedroom can store.

My issue is, I spend more time searching for books than actually reading them. I have a terrible habit of picking up a book, reading a few chapters, then getting distracted by the next shiny book that comes along. I have more half-read books than I can keep track of.

That is why I have challenged myself to read 52 books in full this year. I am prioritising reading over watching Netflix, and by documenting my accomplishments on Instagram and my blog I am remaining accountable.

I got off to a very strong start in January, reading an astonishing 23 books. I know, I know, I nailed it. Although I will undoubtedly slow down over the coming months, as work heats up, I am definitely on track to reach my goal by the end of the year.

And who knows, by documenting my reading, I might inspire others to undertake a reading challenge themselves!

NOTE: You won’t find reviews for all the books I read, due to WordPress crashing and losing two hours of work. Ain’t nobody got time for that!


01/01/2019 · Book One · Calm the F**k Down by Sarah Knight

This was a great book to start off the new year with. I get worried and stressed easily, and knew that I needed to do something to address this. This book gives practical ways to manage the situation, not to mention your anxiety about the situation. And it is actually a lot thinner than it looks; a good portion of the book is scenarios that we have to mock-play. Highly recommended.

★★★★

 

 

 

 


02/01/2019 · Book Two · This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps 

I like Busy Philipps; she has stared in some great TV shows and movies and seems like a really down-to-earth woman. This autobiography was hard to get into; it just didn’t capture my attention. I’m sorry to say this was my second-least favourite book out of the 23 books I read this month.

★★★

 

 

 

 


08/01/2019 · Book Three · 30 Day Spending Detox by Tracey Edwards

★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


09/01/2019 · Book Four · The House on Hill Street by Judy Nunn

★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 


09/01/2019 · Book Five · The Great Fire of London by Adrian Tinniswood

★★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 


10/01/2019 · Book Six · The Day Before by Micol Ostow

★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


11/01/2019 · Book Seven · The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 


11/01/2018 · Book Eight · Elizabeth Macarthur by Michelle Scott Tucker

★★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 


13/01/2019 · Book Nine · Genghis Khan by Henry Freeman

I often hear references to Genghis Khan in pop culture, however, I have never studied why he is so famous. This short book covers his life from childhood to death. It was so interesting learning about what a ruthless man he was, yet how he also tried to be fair in some of his policies.

I do have to wonder, how is it that we know so much about him?

★★★★

 

 

 


14/01/2019 · Book Ten · Titanic by Hourly History

★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 


15/01/2019 · Book Eleven · Am I Doing This Right? by Tanya Hennessy

A fellow Novacastrian, Tanya Hennessy is a radio host who has a fantastic sense of humour. I really enjoyed this book, that was written in chapters from A – Z. It was easy to read, and I got through it in two short hours.

Tanya takes us on a journey through her life with humour and humility.

★★★★

 

 

 


16/01/2019 · Book Twelve · Kristy and the Cat Burglar by Ann M. Martin 

Who else grew up reading the Baby Sitter’s Club? Every week when I received my $5 pocket money, I would head down to the only local bookstore in Cessnock and buy the latest Baby Sitter’s Little Sister book and Baby Sitter’s Club books. Boy, do I miss those days, before the crazy about of Australian inflation, when five bucks actually bought you something!

This book was written a year or two after I stopped reading the Baby Sitter’s Club, and seeing it on sale for just $2.99 on iBooks, I knew I had to get it! The books are more grown up than I remember; this one actually involved a gun and a small amount of violence. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed being taken back in time to when life seemed so much simpler. That is, until I learnt Ann M. Martin actually only wrote the first 35 BSC books, with the rest being written by ghostwriters. Childhood ruined.

★★★★

 


17/01/2019 · Book Thirteen· The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Are there any Twilight fans in the house? Yes, I know this is so 2009, but honestly, I love the series.

My boyfriend bought me the box set for my birthday this January, and it included a novella, the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Having never read it, I picked it up and got through it in a couple of hours.

If you are a fan of the series, I would recommend it for an insight into Bree’s life (spoiler alert: she is killed at the end of Eclipse), otherwise, it would be difficult to follow.

★★★

 


18/01/2019 · Book Fourteen· The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

Did anyone else read The Outsiders in high school English? I loved it. I had my own copy but lost it sometime over the years. Having not read this book in at least a decade, I decided it was time to purchase another one. It didn’t disappoint, of course.

Written by S.E Hinton when she was a teenager, The Outsiders tells the story of two rival gangs, the Greasers and the Socs. Inspired by real gangs at her school, S.E Hinton wanted to provide insight into the lives of the Greasers so people would empathise with them more. It worked.

★★★★★

 

 


19/01/2019 · Book Fifteen· A Question of Hats by Clara Benson

I love historical mysteries. My favourite series is ‘Murder In’ by Victoria Thompson, so I thought I would give this new series by Clara Benson a go. To be honest, I wasn’t overwhelmed. The mystery was good, but being a novella, there wasn’t much detail involved and it was all tied up very quickly. I am going to give a longer book in her series a try, however, as it will hopefully be more detailed.

★★★

 

 

 


20/01/2019 · Book Sixteen · Post Office by Charles Bukowski

This was a great book. Apparently an American classic, I came across it on Good Reads whilst searching for books that were less than 200 pages. Post Office, though touching on some serious issues, is quite an easy read.

The anti-hero, Henry, is a drunk who gets a job at the US Mail Service. He spends his life working, drinking and gambling. Yet, there is a soft and caring side to him. This book is autobiographical, the author, Charles Bukowski published it when he was 50 years old.

★★★★★

 

 


21/01/2019 · Book Seventeen · The Cody Tea Shop in the Castle

★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 


22/01/2019 · Book Eighteen · Paris for One by JoJo Moyes

I have never read a book by popular author JoJo Moyes before, so I decided to ease my way into her writing style by reading this cute novella. Set in Paris, it follows the weekend adventures of a twenty-six-year-old whose boyfriend fails to show up for the trip. A quick and pleasant read.

★★★★

 

 

 

 


23/01/2019 · Book Nineteen · Ladies in Black by Madeleine St John

★★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


24/01/2019 · Book Twenty · The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

★★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


25/01/2019 · Book Twenty One · Girt by David Hunt

★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


28/01/2019 · Book Twenty Two · Yakuza Moon by Shoko Tendo

★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


30/01/2019 · Book Twenty Three · Snowbound by Ann M. Martin

★★★★

 

 


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