2018 has started out to be a really great reading year. Last year, to say the least, was a bit of a slump, but this year I am determined to turn that around. My reading goal this year is 30 books, which I believe is more than achievable. At this moment in time, I have actually read 6 books already, so it’s going well. If you would like to keep up to date with what books I’m reading, please feel free to send me a friend request on Goodreads!
Anyway, I have so many books on my bookshelf that I really want to get to this year – for a range of different reasons. I thought I’d share this small list with you and hopefully influence some of the books you would like to read in the future!
“When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages…”
I picked up this book when I was with my dad in a coffee shop before Christmas and the entire premise really stood out to me. I’m proud to admit I’m a history nerd and I really want to start reading some more historical novels this year, especially about World War II as that entire time period fascinates me. The fact this book is based on true events tells me that this is going to be a really heart-wrenching story which I can’t wait to get into.
“A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II…”
This novel has been floating around Goodreads for the longest time and as it is a World War II historical novel – it sounds right up my street. As I’ve already said, the period of 1939-1945 is so interesting to me as well as truly devastating to learn about. I believe this story will really change my perspective on things, one of the many reasons I want to pick it up.
“When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn’t take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world…”
I never ever read thrillers but Stephen King is such a legend of an author I feel the need to pick one of his novels up this year. Plus, this is the biggest book I have ever owned (1344 pages!) so it would be quite an achievement if I do manage to complete it.
“Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.”
I feel the need to read this book mostly because of the world we live in nowadays. The past few years have been very hard for immigrants in the UK and I have seen racism first hand by political professionals on the TV and people in the street that I’ve never met before and things need to change. I’ve heard so many good things about the essays in this book and I want to be able to appreciate them too.
“The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall…”
Another World War II historical fiction novel, what a surprise! I’ve always been told this book is an utter masterpiece, which is why it is about time I read it this year. I bought this second hand in a charity shop, I only went in there for a browse but as soon as I saw this on the shelf I couldn’t walk away and leave it there! In my head, I was screaming ‘It’s that book! It’s the book everyone raves about that I’ve been wanted to read for ages!’ so I obviously had to buy it. Six months later, it’s sitting on my bookshelf and I still haven’t read it – so I need to change that this year.
I hope you enjoyed this little list I put together and if you have any books you really want to get this year – please let me know in the comments!
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