The time has come, I’m about to turn another year older. I’m finally saying goodbye to my teenage years and entering the next decade of my life ~ what the actual flippity, flipping hell. I though I’d whip together a wish list of all the things I kinda fancy for my birthday and might treat myself too because it’s my birthday.
It gives me an excuse to trawl the likes of ASOS, Urban Outfitters and Etsy for all the pretty things because I’m a bit of a magpie and like shiny things. Urban Outfitters is probably my favourite shop right now for everything ~ fashion, accessories and interiors and everything in that store sings to me.
One of my new years resolutions (there are several) is to read more. I love reading and I still do read quite a lot compared to a lot of people my age. However I want to break out of the bad habit of screens until bedtime and not reading due to academic guilt and to simply read a little bit before I go to bed.
I had this intention all well and good, ticking through Get Your Sh*t Together and Eat Pretty, Live Well until I came to The Reason You’re Alive. I started it at ten o’clock and finished it two hours later. So much for reading a little bit for bed?
Everyone! It is the first Recently Reading of 2018! I was a bit rubbish at reading last year but I’ve finally joined the GoodReads club, have set a reading goal and polished off my first book of the year. Reading is one of my ultimate escapes and I’ve been lucky that in the last months of 2017 I got a few books to review, one of which is included in this round up.
For 2018 I want to read lots. I want to escape in fantasy worlds, make use of my Kindle and scour charity shops for bargains. I got some gorgeous books for Christmas that I’ll be tootling through shortly but in this roundup we have a mix of thriller, murder mystery, young adult and a cookbook. If you’re looking for your next read of 2018, I got you covered.
I feel like my guilty secret is reading non-course related books during the semester, that guilt eats away at me like nothing else when I try to snatch a few minutes on my latest fix. In order to avoid that overwhelming sense of guilt, I saved His Guilty Secret for my first day free of class, commitments and caring.
His Guilty Secret* by Helene Fermont is a little different from my usual reading forte, I like dark and grisly thrillers, intricate plots that twist and turn at every point or fantastical worlds that only exist in imagination. I’m not usually one for the mundane but the intriguing blurb on His Guilty Secret was enough for me to begin reading – and I did finish it one day as I have a thing about books where I must make it to the end as fast as possible.
Man, reading is hard when I’m back at university. I know I’ve mentioned this like 6723 times before but I feel so guilty when I read things which aren’t related to my degree. Like if I can find a spare half hour to read my book, I could be using it to read The Origins of the Peloponnesian War or Reformation, Europe’s House Divided. Both riveting reads but man, sometimes my brain just needs a break from all the academic jargon.
This post has been in the works for a while as these books have been super spaced out over the last couple of months. We have a mix of thriller, self-help and young adult mystery. I’m hoping to do some reading on yoga and tarot and have a couple of thriller books lined up so maybe my next Recently Reading will be more extensive.