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To read 2020

Last year my Goodreads goal was to read 35 books and I managed to exceed this by 7 books. Thank goodness for school holidays! Decent weather last summer meant that when I went home for two weeks in summer I could jut lie on the beach and read.

This year I’ve set my goal to stay at 35 as this year, although I won’t be moving house like last year, is still going to be busy from a work point of view. Trying to get a class of 30 to pass SATs is hard enough but I work with the SEN children so trying to get them to get even a few marks in their paper is going to be a massive challenge. So I’m predicting not much reading happening in May…

I have lots on my tbr pile but I also want to reread some books if it is continuing a series.

First up Dangerous Alliance by Jennifer Cohen which was part of Book Box Club Fireside Favourites December box. The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie and The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott feature in the January Deadly Secrets box.

The Puffin Classic children’s books I can’t remember where I got them but they were on offer for something like £5. I have read Treasure Island before but haven’t read The Secret Garden or The Jungle Book.

I was lent The Well Of Ascension by a colleague after I’d mentioned I’d read the first of the Mistborn books. It was many years ago though so think I may need to read the first one again before I tackle this!

Same with The Book of Dust Two, I read His Dark Materials over ten years ago and can’t remember at all what happened so think I want to find these first and reread them.

There seems to be a common theme here. I have read Me Before You, I might just cheat and watch the film as a recap before I read After You.

Fire and Blood may have to wait until the summer holidays when my brain will be able to cope with reading lots of detail again. I remember when I read A Song of Ice and Fire series I did have to read an easier book in-between each one.

Circe was a Christmas present and sounds right up my street. You can’t go wrong with the ancient, mythical gods.

The Binding was an impulse buy when I was feeling a bit rubbish a couple of weeks ago. I was doing my food shop in Tesco and couldn’t resist looking at the book section. The cover intruiged me. It has a Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind feel. And it cost £3,50. Who can say no to that?

Nineteen Eighty Four has been on my shelf now for about 4 years. And I am yet to start it. Maybe this year?

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern. I have loved Cecelia Ahern since she released P.S I Love You. The last book I read of hers, The Marble Collector, tugged at all my feelings.

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen was a book I picked up last year on my holiday in Copenhagen because you have to get something Hans Christian Andersen related. I did have low expectations of The Little Mermaid statue after reading the reviews but it was actually all right. And I did manage to get a decent photo that didn’t include the hoard of tourists.

I have read The Knife of Letting Go previously but found the whole trilogy last year in The Works in Falmouth. I love The Works. It can have a bit of a random selection and sometimes I’ll see nothing and other times I’ll see a book I’ve wanted to read for years.

So, these are all my unread physical books. I’m sure even more will be added throughout the year. I won’t even go into how many unread ones are on my kindle. I know not everyone likes kindles but it’s very handy for when I go home to St. Ives. Who has the strength to carry loads of books in their suitcase on the train? I wouldn’t be able to lift it over the bridge at St. Erth…

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