I guess I should tell you what the whole point of this venture is. I, like millions of other people, adore reading. I have read continuously for as long as I can remember and although there might have been times I read less extensively (university has an awful habit of killing a love of books), I have always read. I decided that a nice way to keep track of all the books I’ve read is through a blog. I have an awful habit of reading a book and moving onto the next so fast that I struggle to remember what I have just read. With that in mind, a blog will be the perfect motive to think a little more about what I’ve read, offer my opinion and a review and hopefully discuss the book with you lovely people.
The aim of the blog is to read and review a book a week. In the past year, I read 47 books. I had targeted 50 so I missed out on that but barely so 52 feels very doable. When I say reading a book a week, I don’t literally mean I will read a book and if I finish it, I won’t start another book. I simply mean that I will aim to post a review a week of a book I’ve read. Sometimes I may get a little ahead or a little behind but hopefully there will always be a review a week!
So, what will I read? There aren’t many things I won’t read. I can’t say I am a lover of romance novels and I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I am willing to give anything a go. Honestly, anything with an engaging plot that is well written will do me. I do read poetry, although not nearly as much as I should! To give you an idea of the sort of books I read, my five favourite books I read in the last year were: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, Stoner by John Williams, 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I could have included many, many more books on this list but this is just a taster and you will hopefully develop a better sense of my taste as the year progresses. As I hope is clear from the books I chose in my top five, I am also going to read as much literature as possible from the LGBTQ community. This is an underrepresented sector, not just in literature, but in wider society so I believe it’s important to promote talent regardless of people’s gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
My review system will be simple. It will be out of five stars with five being spectacular and one…not so amazing. I am by no means an expert so if you disagree with my review please get in touch because I love nothing more than a good discussion about a book. I hope you will stick with me on this journey because it’s sure to be an exciting one!
The first book I am going to be reviewing is Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. You can expect that review to be up very shortly. Until then, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and to see when the latest post is up. Thanks for checking out the blog!