One of my resolutions for 2016 was to read more. So far, I’m not really doing so well on that but I do intend to. I actually find reading easier in the summer – when I am sitting in the garden or when we’re away camping. Winter is perfect for snuggling in front of the fire with the book but I find myself decluttering or planning DIY projects instead!
I have a fully-stocked Kindle (note to self: stop downloading books) and in order to get myself into the groove I thought I’d share some of the books I am planning to read during 2016. If you’ve ready any of these, let me know, would love to hear your thoughts – NO SPOILERS of course!
The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers by Angela Patrick
In 1963, London was on the brink of becoming one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Angela Patrick was 19 years old, enjoying her first job working in the City, when her life turned upside down. A brief fling with a charismatic charmer left her pregnant, unmarried and facing a stark future. Being under 21, she was still under the governance of her parents, strict Catholics who insisted she have the baby in secret and then put it up for adoption.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.
Sophia’s Secret by Susanna Kearsley
When bestselling author Carrie McClelland visits the windswept ruins of Slains Castle, she is enchanted by the stark and beautiful Scottish landscape. The area is strangely familiar to her but she puts aside her faint sense of unease to begin her new novel, using the castle as her setting, and one of her own ancestors, Sophia, as her heroine. Then Carrie realises her writing is taking on a life of its own and the lines between fact and fiction become increasingly blurred. As Sophia’s memories draw Carrie more deeply into the intrigue of 1708, she discovers a captivating love story lost in time. After three hundred years, Sophia’s Secret must be told.
One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful son. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life? How will she survive? And what is the date that looms, threatening to force her to confront her past? No-one has ever guessed her secret. Will you?
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank
For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Of these female slave narratives, Harriet Jacobs’s “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself” is the crowning achievement. Manifesting a command of rhetorical and narrative strategies rivaled only by that of Frederick Douglass, Jacobs’s autobiography is one of the major works of Afro-American literature…Jacobs’s narrative is a bold and gripping fusion of two major literary forms: she borrowed from the popular sentimental novel on one hand, and the slave narrative genre on the other. Her tale gains its importance from the fact that she charts, in great and painful detail, the sexual exploitation that daily haunted her life–and the life of every other black female slave…Ms. Yellin’s superbly researched edition insures that Harriet Jacobs will never be lost again. –Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “New York Times Book Review “
I have over 250 books on my Kindle so this is just a toe in the water! This is where I intend to start though, I think there’s a good mix of books here, something for whatever mood I am in!
Have you made a reading list for 2016?