Reading Goals for 2017

My reading goals for 2017 are

1) To read one book a month and write a review for that book on my blog
2) To not feel guilty if I don’t pick a book up everyday
3) To fully immerse myself in the story
4) To limit the number of books I purchase in 2017 to 10, this doesn’t include gifts or a pack of books (The Bookpeople offers).
5) To only stick to bookstores – Waterstones, Book Depoistory and The Bookpeople to avoid impulse purchases from supermarkets.
6) To read six Christmas themed books starting from the last week of November until the end of December (this is not included in my one book a month challenge)

The books I’d like to read in 2017 are as follows

1) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (followed by the film)
2) The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries by Emily Brightwell
3) High Rising by Angela Thirkell
4) The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Annim
5) The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham
6) My Story by Jo Malone
7) The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith
8) Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (followed by the BBC adaptation)
9) The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
10) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (followed by the BBC adaptation)
11) A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor
12) Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear


I would also like to read in 2017
• Wait for me by Deborah Devonshire
• The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard
• Elizabeth Fry by Dennis Bardens
• A Fine Romance by Susan Branch

I have also decided to only keep the books I would re-read again. The books that I’ve read but didn’t love will be donated to my library or charity. What are your reading goals for 2017?


A Book Summary of 2016

I read the grand total of 18 books during 2016, 5 of those were read in December. The books I read were

• Spark a Joy by Marie Kondo 4/5
• Cleaning Hints and Tips by Cindy Harris 2/5
• Dying in the Wool by Frances Brady 3/5
• Period Piece by Gwen Raverat 4/5
• My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster 4/5
• Vintage Chic by Christina Strutt 4/5
• Mary Poppins by P L Travers 5/5
• The Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde 2/5
•The Double Clue by Agatha Christie 5/5
• The Art of Hygge by Jonny Jackson & Elias Larsen 4/5
• The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking 5/5
• The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham 5/5 re-read
• Christmas from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch 3/5
• An Edwardian Christmas by John S Goodall 4/5
• Miss Read’s Christmas Book – illustrated by Tracey Williamson 5/5
• The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L Frank Baum 4/5
• A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas 4/5 (read on Christmas Day afternoon)
• The Adventures of The Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie 5/5

* I was planning on reading more, unfortunately there just weren’t enough hours in the day. I’m disappointed that I didn’t read everything on my list in 2016, which were 37 books.

For Christmas 2016 the books I received from family were

• A child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
• Tommy & Tuppence complete series by Agatha Christie
• Miss Marple & Mystery – complete short stories by Agatha Christie

Did you manage to read all of the books on your to be read pile during 2016? What was your favourite read/author discovery of 2016?