8 Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

Last year my reading goal was 18 books, this year my goal is 24! Although I didn’t hit last years target I am currently on track to hit this years. Instead of doing a post dedicated to each book, I have decided to condense the reviews into quarterly updates. If you are looking for some books to get stuck into over the lock-down period, read on to see the first installment of reviews.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I watched the film version of this book when I was younger so I had a vague memory of what happens. I like the way the author describes the afterlife and how the main character Susie can’t let go of her old life until she sees her family, especially her Dad, have come to peace with her death.

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

This story had me hooked. I found it hard to put down – I needed to know what was going to happen next. It showcased that what may look perfect on the outside can be twisted and calculated on the inside. I loved the ending of this as it didn’t leave me wanting more or feeling disappointed.

Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan

This book was free on amazon prime reading and after reading the sample I had to carry on. The main character (Emily) witnesses the death of a woman who she deems to have the perfect life, and all she wants is to fit in. The story explores the dead woman’s past and the possible reasons for her death through the eyes of Emily.

Sacred Powers by David Ji

After being on my wish list for a while I received this as a Christmas present. (Thanks Sam!) Throughout the book there are exercises and questions you need to ask yourself to awaken your powers, there are affirmations, meditative chants, and mainly how to incorporate the five divine principles into your everyday life. This took me a long time to read and there is so much more to learn beyond this book.

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

This book is incredibly fact heavy and almost reminded me of reading studies for my university degree. For this reason it took me a while to get through this book. The contents itself are extremely interesting; sleep is something I love and this book explains what is optimal, how technological advances, work-life balances and society have effected the natural sleeping patterns we possess. It compares human sleep cycles to various animal sleep cycles, discusses the impact of caffeine and sleeping pills and divulges into sleeping disorders.

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

This book is written from many different perspectives which all intertwine over different time periods. It took me a while to figure out all the links between the characters due to the time travel and the fact that there are a lot of characters. The chapters are short making the flow of the book fast paced, and the ending tied everything up nicely. I also liked how if something was referenced in the book but not fully explained it was included in an appendix at the back of the book.

The Woman In Our House by Andrew Hart

I could not put this book down and I read it in 3 days. There were lots of twists and turns, the author leads you down paths only for the reasons behind the characters actions to be something completely different than expected. Somethings I guessed, others I didn’t at all! Although many story lines are followed throughout, I spent the whole time trying to figure out who the woman in their house is!

Circe by Madeline Miller

Greek mythology fiction is something I am interested in (I read all the Percy Jackson books when I was younger) however I was unfamiliar with the goddess Circe. I loved the way this was written, although at first I felt as if the story was going nowhere I suddenly found myself getting swept up in it. Her character develops so much and it is empowering.

And there you have it, 8 books I have read so far this year. Feel free to let me know if you’ve read any of these books too or if you have any suggestions!

Until next time, Susan

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