Having started reading again in 2021 and surpassing my goodreads goal I thought, lets smash another year of reading. I set my goal at 45 books for the year, not too ambitious, a SMART goal. However after a flash in the pan year, I managed 42!! Still past the 40 mark. For 2023 I am aiming to hit 42 again as I have lots of plans for the year ahead so will go one way or another. Lets see!
Out of the 42 books I read over the year, the shortest book was 97 pages and the longest book was 407 pages. Out of all the books I read, the shortest one (97 pages) was the one that evoked the biggest reaction from me and yes I read it at an emotional time of year. New years eve eve when we are all thinking about the year gone and what’s ahead etc etc. it was still a beautiful, thought provoking, mind set altering book. The title is: And every morning the way home gets longer and longer by Fredrik Backman.
And every morning the way home gets longer and longer by Fredrik Backman
I rated this one 5 stars of course, believe the hype. It is a story of an old man who’s mind is slowly fading with each day. He is a grandfather, a father and a husband and it explores the complexities of these relationships and the beauty that others bring into our lives simply by being themselves. It is about wanting to hold onto memories and people as that is what is so important to these people. We meet his wife who has passed away as she guides him and comforts him when he is scared. We meet his son who he regrets not spending so much time with and not appreciating their differences, he longs to make up this time and the grandson who he cherishes with all his heart, who has the same passions and interests and is curious, sensitive and wise. It really is a beautiful story that is beautifully told. I wept the WHOLE time. I’m sure I was attributing personal experience to the writing too but that just shows how relatable this story is.
I read it when I did, as I knew it was short and would help me towards my reading goal but I didn’t expect it to hit me so hard that my eyes hurt the next morning from sobbing and thinking about it aches my heart in good ways and sad ways but I truly love being able to feel and this piece of writing made me truly feel.
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
Now this book has mixed reviews causing plenty of debate and I guess that’s what good writing is for. I admit maybe its not for everyone but it was for me. It is a satirical piece with dark humour. It is about a young man that is given an opportunity to leave his life and become a successful sales-man. Darren is a young black man who is always praised for being a high achiever and his mother wants nothing more than to see him succeed. Darren is content with his life, working in starbucks and hanging out with his mum and girlfriend and taking life day by day, until he meets The CEO of a startup business called Sumwun. As a satire it tackles lots of important topics such as race, class, gender roles, health, crime. It is well written, it is funny, it is uplifting and clever and I really enjoy the point of view that we are reading. I bought this book in June 2021 and didn’t pick it up again until the beginning of 2022 as I had soooo many books to get through but I cant help myself. I am glad I got around to it, having read it, I should have got around to it much sooner. Again another 5 stars from me.
Nothing to see here by Kevin Wilson
This book has had its very own blog review by me already so for the details please read it! It had to be in my top reads of 2022, it inspired me to write about it, it made me have all the feelings and it is a gem of a find. I hadn’t heard anything about it, it was the cover that drew me to the book in waterstones. I picked it up and thought ‘huh, sounds odd’ and that means I have to try it and I am so glad I did, think that’s the best way to pick a book. Love love love this book please buy it, find it, read and let me know if you feel the same.
Cat Lady by Dawn O’Porter
This one I had waited for, for a long time. I saw it on Waterstones as ‘coming soon’ and as a cat owner and book lover I did what I had to do and I ordered it. First of all I just want to say, what a beautifully designed book! It is gorgeous. The hard back book has silver foil cats all over which is a really cute surprise. ‘Surprise’ as surprising as a book cover can be. Maybe just a cute treat!
This book is hilarious and fun to read and deals with the subject of grief in quite a light-hearted way. But not only is it about cats and the fear of losing our fluffy friends it is as much about figuring ourselves out and realising we don’t have to meet peoples expectations, well thats how I felt after it. We don’t have to have a fancy job and a perfect family and we don’t have to put up with toxic people for the fear of seeming weird alone or because its considered the norm. we don’t need to conform with societal expectations and I think thats something we need to keep in mind when trying to find our happiness.
The characters are brilliant, the story is well written and entertaining. Overall i loved it and i am so glad that I remembered to buy it after waiting for it to be published.
If you want to hear more about my thoughts or the books please let me know, just wanted to write a quick rundown.
have you set any reading goals? happy new year!