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message 1: by Martha (last edited Dec 25, 2018 04:29AM) (new)

Martha (marthais) | 11 comments Last year I hit 17 with a goal of 12, so in 2018 I'm going to stretch myself with a goal of 20! Fingers crossed :D

Progress: 28/20

Read in 2018
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, 528 pages, 9th Jan 18
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, 480 pages, 7th Feb 18
Feel Free by Zadie Smith, 480 pages, 15th Feb 18
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt, 617 pages
The Half Sister by Catherine Chanter, 400 pages
The Key by Marianne Curley, 416 pages
Clean by Juno Dawson, 400 pages
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, 531 pages
Beartown by Fredrik Backman, 432 pages
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, 429 pages
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman, 400 pages
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, 480 pages
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, 470 pages
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, 468 pages
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 864 pages
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, 410 pages
Spectacles by Sue Perkins, 441 pages
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, 438 pages
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, 416 pages
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 520 pages
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 522 pages
The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 832 pages
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, 419 pages
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, 546 pages
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear, 479 pages
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, 599 pages
You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, 465 pages
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson, 527 pages

Currently Reading


Potentials on my shelf
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, 721 pages
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 616 pages
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, 552 pages
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières, 534 pages
Eragon by Christopher Paolini, 528 pages
Sophia's Secret by Susanna Kearsley, 527 pages
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, 520 pages
Emma by Jane Austen, 514 pages
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, 512 pages
Sons And Lovers by D.H. Lawrence, 512 pages
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 504 pages
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, 503 pages
Brick Lane by Monica Ali, 492 pages
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown, 481 pages
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, 479 pages
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi, 469 pages
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, 463 pages
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 459 pages
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty, 448 pages
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, 443 pages
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey, 440 pages
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern, 436 pages
What's a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne, 432 pages
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, 432 pages
The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg, 419 pages
The Muse by Jessie Burton, 416 pages
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver, 416 pages
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, 417 pages
Diary of an Ordinary Woman by Margaret Forster, 416 pages
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, 448 pages
American Gods by Neil Gaiman, 640 pages
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, 588 pages
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, 519 pages
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, 448 pages
Swing Time by Zadie Smith, 464 pages
Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach, 402 pages
The Secret History by Donna Tartt, 629 pages
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear, 479 pages
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 580 pages
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, 498 pages
Middlemarch by George Eliot, 912 pages
Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 620 pages
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, 448 pages
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, 506 pages
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, 448 pages
Lit by Mary Karr, 436 pages
Telegraph Avenue: A Novel by Michael Chabon, 612 pages
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, 401 pages
The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk, 417 pages
The Idiot by Elif Batuman, 432 pages
Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla, 400 pages
Equal Power: And How You Can Make It Happen by Jo Swinson, 400 pages
Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett, 464 pages
Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman, 627 pages
The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson, 503 pages
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 464 pages
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, 464 pages
The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 832 pages
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh, 552 pages
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang, 666 pages
A History of the World by Andrew Marr, 500 pages
Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel, 426 pages


message 2: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthais) | 11 comments First one down - The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle at 528 pages. My review is here, I gave it 4 stars, definitely check it out! It's published in the UK on 8th Feb


message 3: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthais) | 11 comments Second down - Small Great Things, 480 pages. A controversial one, and difficult to know how to rate, but I ultimately settled on 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Interested to know of anyone's thoughts if you've read it!


message 4: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthais) | 11 comments Third down - Feel Free, a collection of essays by Zadie Smith, another 480 pager. I had mixed feelings about it so gave it three stars. I love her style of writing but some of the subject matter was a bit too intellectual for me.


message 5: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthais) | 11 comments Half way through! I've still been avoiding the biggest of the big books which I need to address


message 6: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthais) | 11 comments Finished! Pretty happy with that, exceeded my goal by 8 :)


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