12 books I want to read before the end of the year

One of my friends on bookstagram created her own tag and kindly allowed me to take part. I’m taking this opportunity to share with you the books I NEED (more like want lol) to read before the end of 2020!

  1. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

A few of you might know already, that I am reading the books for the first time this year. I grew up watching the films and loved them but felt like I couldn’t really call myself a HP fan if I had never actually read the books – so I decided to change that. So, I have included the final book on this list as I really want to finish the series before the end of the year. I only have 2 books left so I don’t think that will be too difficult.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I have read and love The Hunger Games! But after seeing a few people rereading them this summer, it has really motivated me to want to reread them too. I’m hoping to read them around Christmas time once I am back home as I didn’t bring them to uni with me.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I have had The Lunar Chronicle book series on my shelf for yeeears! Similar to The Hunger Games, I have recently seem people reread these books or read them for the first time and I’m just feeling inspired. This is another series I am hoping to read around Christmas time – I have now realised how many books I am committing to reading in the last month of the year…

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Shamely, this is a well-loved classic that I am yet to read. However, I hope to get to it in the month of October as I think it’ll really suit the spooky season. Really, this book is symbolic of classic literature in general. I would love to read more classics since I haven’t exactly had the best relationship with them in the past (see a previous blog post for why). I am really proud of my progress for far! In the past 2 months I have read 2 and a half (I am currently reading the third right now) classics. Hopefully, this is something I can continue for the rest of the year and carry it over to 2021 (wow so scary that we are kinda close!!).

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I originally picked this book up because I wanted to watch the film but though it was only fair to read the book first. I clearly haven’t done either. This is a book I brought with me to university last year but never got round to reading it. But during lockdown when I was at my family home, 223 miles away from my uni accomodation, I was craving to read it. Now I have been reunited with the book, I have promised myself to finally read it – and hopefully write a book vs adaptation blog post on it too!

6. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This is a book that I have alway heard of but never really had the desire to read. Until I came across a copy in a charity shop for only £1 and I actually read the blurb. And oh my, this book sounds absolutely fascinating!! I am so intrigued by whether the author can handle such a difficult troupe so this is definitely a book I will read very soon, definitely before the end of the year.

7. Tar Baby by Toni Morrison

I always strive to make my bookshelves more diverse and inclusive but admittingly this is a bit of a challenge when you are limited to a student budget like me – although it is totally worth it. So, when I found this book in my local charity shop for super cheap, I snatched it up! Toni Morrison is an author I have heard amazing things about so I can’t wait to dive into her work. I am aware that her novels contain very heavy and important themes and issues surrounding racism and identity but I feel this is such an important area to read on, especially now more than ever.

8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This stands for any Khaled Hosseini book as I own them all but haven’t read them yet. I particularly want to read The Kite Runner first if I can because I have multiple recommendations to read that one first as it is such a favourite among the book reading community.

9. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

A friend in the bookstagram community recently read this an adored it and recommended I pick it up. When I found out that it was only £2 on amazon prime I couldn’t not! This is a book series that was all the rage a few years ago on the booktube community and now I finally want to join the conversation. I can’t wait to read this and hopefully gush about it to my friend!

10. One Day by David Nicholls

David Nicholls is a fairly new author to me but seems to be a favourite as his successful books often seem to be adapted for the screens (feeling another book vs adaptation coming along?). Another one of my charity shop bargain finds, I would love to get to one of his novels before the end of the year to see what all the fuss is about.

11. VOX by Christina Dalcher

Another book that sounds absolutely fascinating and if I’m being honest, I don’t know why I haven’t read yet! It’s only been on my shelves for a few months but I’m very eager to read it soon.

12. The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown

This was very kindly gifted to me by another friend on the bookstagram community after I read and really enjoyed Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt. Medical memoirs are hugely popular on bookstagram, particularly this one and Dr Amanda Brown’s other memoir Women Inside. As such, I can’t wait to be able to chat about this book with all my friends that have already read it!

There you have it! A small selection of all the books I really want to read before the end of the year. There are so many more I would love to get to but knowing I am back at university now and probably won’t have the amount of free time I hope, I am putting no pressure on myself. Hopefully, this has given you a few ideas of the books you hope to get to in the final months of 2020.

Ro xoxo

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