I’ve been getting back into the swing of reading nightly after a few months off and it feels damn good to be back (even though I’m that far behind on my reading challenge this year that it sickens me). I have a habit of choosing feel good chick-lit novels every single time I want a new book, but following a conversation I had at a family barbecue last weekend, it dawned on me just how little of the world’s literary favourites I’ve read. I’ve also noticed that I completely ignore book recommendations that aren’t chick-lit (obsessed), but I’m ready to break this cycle.
My lack of ambition to read those ‘everyone has read it’ novels has inspired me to introduce a new area for my blog - the Reading Corner. Here, you can expect a book review every month. I want to expand my literary horizons (in between chick-lit, of course!) and cross those famous books and recommendations off my list. So, here’s what’s on the cards…
I clearly haven’t excelled myself in the world of YA fiction as I have never as much as held the first book from The Hunger Games trilogy. My family are gobsmacked that I still haven’t binge-read these books. In fact, my cousin said that she read the entire trilogy in one weekend - like, are these books that good? I guess I just never thought the storyline would be my bag, but I must be missing out if all of my family are buzzed.
Potterheads, turn away! I am ashamed and embarrassed to admit that I have never read any of the Harry Potter books. Why? Because the wizardry world of Harry Potter has never enticed me. I have only seen the first three films, and even then, I couldn’t tell you what happened in the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m curious to see what the fuss is about and whether I will enjoy the depths of J.K. Rowling’s imagination.
This book was recommended to me by a family member last year and it has been sitting on my ‘to-read’ list ever since. According to the blurb, there is a religious element to the novel which isn’t a subject I’d usually gravitate towards in fiction, but nonetheless, I’m willing to give it a whirl.
I’m throwing it out there… I think this trilogy will be far too much for me (too dark and scary), but I’m willing to at least give it a try with the first book having an estimated 150 million book sales. I saw the films many moons ago and have next to no memory of them… other than fancying Frodo (let’s all laugh together).
I studied Wuthering Heights at school and loved it, so I disgust myself that I am yet to read Jane Eyre. It was thanks to my current book, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, that I was reminded that this book even existed. Like, what is, “Reader, I married him” all about? I’m desperate to find out.
Agatha Christie… (gah, there are so many!)
So, I had the opportunity to read Hercule Poirot's Christmas as part of my former bookclub at work, but I changed my job and subsequently left the bookclub, meaning that I still have the unread paperback in my possession. I’d be lying if I said I’m excited to read it, but as an Agatha Christie book owner (hey, look at me!), it would be rude not to at least try it out. I’m going to save this one for Christmas… obviously.
A much lesser-known book according to Goodreads, but it’s a novel my mum loves and so, it’s definitely one that I ought to read. The last recommendation my mum gave me was Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and let me tell you, it was out of this world. I trust her.
There we have it - the books I have completely neglected. How many of these have you read? Are any of them your favourite? I’m interested to hear what I’m letting myself in for…