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Books read in 2016

How many books read in 2016? 17, 142% of my aim, so I’ve vastly increased my goal to 30 books in 2017, I’ve recently rediscovered my love of reading.

Fiction/non-fiction? 15:2, I much prefer reading fiction, though I should probably try more varied non-fiction books. If you have any suggestions, give me a shout.

Male/female authors? 15 women:2 men. Bizarrely the two by men are in my bottom three!

Favourite read? Probably “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris, had me so gripped I read it in record time (which is even more remarkable because I was at a guide weekend), and I was actually talking about it for days. I also hugely enjoyed “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart, which the plot twist of I reread about six times to comprehend it; and “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware, which I also couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know what happened. Continue reading “Books read in 2016”

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Book review – The Happiness Project (Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun) by Gretchen Rubin

I didn’t enjoy reading this book; it is very strange to have my first book review on this blog to be a book I didn’t actually enjoy, but the reason behind this is that I absolutely loved the idea and some of the content of the book. In fact, I actually learnt things from it, but I didn’t enjoy the way it was written.

In short, the premise of the book is the writer’s one year project to try and make herself happier. She was not particularly unhappy at the beginning; she is a happily married woman with two children, who gets along with her parents and in laws, does a job she loves and is relatively well off. She has a revelation on the bus one day that although she is happy, she could be happier (which I think is something that everyone can relate to), so she sets out on a mission to become happier without drastically changing her life. It is basically an experiment to see if she can “change her life without actually changing her life”. Continue reading “Book review – The Happiness Project (Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun) by Gretchen Rubin”