52 Books Challenge

*Affiliate Link – I want to try to shop more locally and sustainably this year and not give all my money to amazon. Charity shops are usually my favourite place to purchase books but sadly they aren’t open right now, so I have joined the affiliate programme for Bookshop.org a fantastic website set up at the beginning of the pandemic, who’s mission is to support local independent bookshops by giving over 75% of their profit margin back to store, publications and authors, so please do check out my online Bookshop here, Where I will list all 52 books read this year, some of my all time favourites and what else is on my bookshelf. I will be purchasing all new books via them. If you purchase through my shop I will receive 10% on every commission and they will give a matching 10% to independent bookshops. Or click on the book title on this page to take you to the bookshop.org page.

I absolutely love books and reading but over the past few years I really haven’t read as much as I would like so this year my new years resolution is to read more. I asked on twitter what is a realistic amount of books to challenge myself to read this year 52 or 100 and the majority voted for 52, one book a week. As I am a fast reader and have plenty of time on my hands at the moment as I am currently off work due to health issues I think this is actually a very doable target.

I shall be listing all 52 books here as I finish them and will even be turning my hand at writing reviews of them.

  1. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready?

Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous – and addictive – than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest – a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s lie and the future of the OASIS area gain at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance”

2. The Infernal Devices Book 1 – Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Unfinished)

” Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen year old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.”

3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

” I tattooed a number on her arm.

She tattooted her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners markerd for survial – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but o ensure this women, Gita, did too.

4. Limitless: The Autobiography by Tim Peake

“What surprised me was how entirely serene I felt. I was weightless, no forces exerting themselves on my body. I wasn’t too hot, or too cold. To m left was the Space Station. Below me, gradually going into shadow, was the Earth. And over my right shoulder the Universe.

In fascinating and personal detail, and drawing on exclusive diaries and audio recordings from his mission, astronaut Time Peake takes readers closer than ever before to experience what life in space is really like: the sights, the smells, the fear, the sacrifice, the exhilaration and the deep and abiding wonder of the view.

Warm, inspiring and often funny, Tim charts his surprising road to becoming an astronaut, from a shy and unassuming boy for Chichester who had a passion for flight, to young British Army officer, Apache helicopter pilot, flight instructor and test pilot who served around the world. Tim’s extensive eighteen-year career in the Army included the command of a platoon of soldiers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, deployment in Bosnia and operations in Afghanistan.

Tim also relives his selection by the European Space Agency, when he was chosen from over eight thousand candidates, and his gruelling six years of training to be an astronaut, tested physically, psychologically, emotionally and intellectually – from learning Russian in St Petersburg to coping with the darkness and claustrophobia of living for days in caves in Sardinia and under the ocean off the coast of Florida.”

5. My Summer Of Love by Helen Cross

” It’s 1984 and one of the hottest summers Yorkshire’s seen. It’s the kind of woozy heat to lose your mind in.

Mona is fifteen years old. She’s a drinkers, a thief and a fruit-machine addict. Things are already going badly in the pub where she lives with her obese stepbrother PorkChop. But when Mona meets post Tamsin Fakenham, a sassy girl with beautiful breasts, an actress mother and a sister who’s died of starvation, things quickly get much worse…”

6. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

“Each had a secret. Each has a motive.

Off the windswept Irish coast, Guests gather for the wedding of the year.

Old friends, Past grudges.

Happy Families, Hidden jealousies.

Thirteen guests, One body.

One guest won’t leave this wedding alive…”