Sunday, June 12, 2016

35 weeks, 35 books

Working in the same building as the city Library has meant that I have been making good use of my membership, and have become something of a frequent borrower.

After so many months of veging in front of Netflix of an evening before collapsing into bed, it feels uh-maaazing to be back into reading again. I can practically feel the old synapses firing up 😂

So I've decided to set myself a challenge of reading a book a week for the remainder of the year (or the equivalent of), from May to the end of the year.

My list so far, as at 12th June:

1. Philomena, Martin Sexsmith
My book club decided on this as our latest read, and whilst we are yet to meet to discuss (we take a rather ad hoc approach), I really enjoyed it. So sad though! Beautifully written.

2. The Wife Drought, Annabel Crabbe
I found myself nodding and noting down quotes through most of this book!

3. Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth
All of the three books by Jennifer Worth (aka Nurse Jenny Lee from the series) were so fascinating and easy to read - Worth has such a compelling style and turn of phrase, she writes in a really likeable way, and the people she describes in these true stories just leap off the page.

4. Shadows of the Workhouse, Jennifer Worth

5. Farewell to the East End, Jennifer Worth

6. All Joy and No Fun, Jennifer Senior
This was a really insightful and interesting read. Highly recommend for anyone raising kids.

Currently working my way through The Gender Trap and The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

Anyone else doing a similar reading challenge? Care to join me?


  1. I've been trying to get through 20 books this year and so far, I am 11 books in. I have a 40 minute commute to and from work, so it's been easy to burn through the books (I only started the challenge seriously about 2 months ago).

    You've got some good books on your list!

  2. I'm currently sleep training our two year old (send me strength - and coffee) so I'm not ambitious enough to set myself such a challenge. BUT, I am making a conscious effort to read rather than play on my phone / browse social media / watch TV. It has certainly been good for getting my mind to switch off!

  3. Great idea! I'm at home on mat leave and the sense of accomplishment finishing a good book would render would be lovely!