Monday, 1 February 2016

Reading list of 2016.

Hello my Lovelies,

I apologise I know I haven't posted in a while, I've started taking some mood stabilising tablets and just felt very unmotivated but I am back and we will power through, thank you for your patience;
I hope you are all well and having a lovely few weeks so far.

Today I'm bringing you a blog post about what books you can expect me to review over this upcoming year, this is my reading list for 2016 and some of these will be featured in the "Book of the month" videos, if there is any from this reading list that you would be really interested in reading yourselves and you want me to read it first to give you a review, do not hesitate to comment on this post or on the book of the month video I have already posted, I'll leave the video attached to this post. I want to leave some of them as a bit of a surprise so I will list them all but I will give you the synopsis for the first five books, sound like a deal?

1) The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. 

The Colour of magic is a 1983 novel by the one and only, Terry Pratchett (may he rest in peace) and the first novel in his infamous and almost never ending, Discworld series.
The Discworld is a lot like Earth except it's disc-shaped, safely stands upon four rather large elephants which are safely travelling through space on a giant tortoise, whose sex remains unknown; not to mention, it's home to many magical creatures such as wizards, trolls, magical luggage bags with legs etc. and it follows it's own rules, the Discworld is somewhere between reality and thought.
Synopsis: The Colour of magic follows the tale of the first tourist in the Discworld and possibly the very last, for the survival of the Disc's peace and prosperity lies on Twoflower's shoulders. However, when he's being protected by Rincewind, a wizard who never graduated from wizarding university and who at present is being chased by Death, not to mention the robberies and mercenaries on the way, it doesn't look all too promising.

2) The Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. 

Night watch is the twenty-ninth book in the Discworld series. The beautiful part about these books is you do not need to read them in any particular order though the books make references to other books within the series there is no key chronological order like there is for example with the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series.
Terry writes with a comedic and refreshing style, which personally through my reading of The Colour of magic so far, I have really enjoyed so I am stoked to read this novel and the next one lined up on my reading list. Unfortunately, I did get into Pratchett just after he passed and I wish I had read his beautiful work before now. The Discworld series is actually intended for adults with "Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents" (book 28 in Discworld series) being the first children's book within it.
Synopsis: Night watch (published in 2002) follows protagonist Sam Vimes, commander of the police force, through the times of a serial murderer, who is killing off coppers and during a revolution as well (just to put more stress on this guys plate). This is actually the first book of Pratchett's I picked up and I still have yet to read it, but the storyline really intrigued me, the commander of the police force within the novel is whilst dealing with these murders and a revolution, also dealing with his past issues; he's almost reliving it all.

3) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. 

A recommendation from my mother and it was nominated for "World book night" in 2012 at the local Library, "Good omens" yet another Terry Pratchett novel except this time he has teamed up with a fellow author, Neil Gaiman, to bring us one hell of a story (pardon the pun). This novel has received many positive reviews and just from reading the blurb, I can tell that I am in for an incredible read with it's funny sense of humour, interesting storyline and some extraordinary characters, so I am really looking forward to reading this one.
I am on a little bit of a Pratchett rampage because I haven't found many novels, which make me laugh aside from his and I've only just begun reading his work, but his happy and comedic, adventurous style is thoroughly enjoyable throughout his books.
Synopsis: The world being sentenced to end on a Saturday, "next Saturday to be exact. Just after dinner" a misplaced anti-christ, frogs falling and chaos striking, everything seems to be going according to gods plan with this whole rapture of the world. The one thing that he didn't anticipate was the fallen angel and the demon falling in love with the lifestyle and kind of being upset about the end of the world.

4) Flesh and blood by Patricia Cornwell. 

Patricia Cornwell has made a name for herself as a crime-thriller author, in particular, her Kay Scarpetta series being her most well known, coming as no surprise seeing as there are currently twenty-three books in the series, Flesh and Blood (published 2014) being twenty-second.
Synopsis: About to leave with her FBI profiler husband, Benton Weasley, for a vacation to Miami to celebrate her birthday, Kay Scarpetta finds these plans to be sadly and suddenly changed when she receives a call declaring a high school music teacher was found dead after being shot with uncanny precision, whilst he was unloading groceries from the car. A serial sniper on the loose with nothing in common between the victims, no clues or patterns as to where they will strike next and the shootings taking place from Massachusetts, New Jersey and then the depths of South Florida coasts, Scarpetta begins to analyze and investigate a shipwreck near this coastline, looking for answers only to discover those answers might be a little bit closer to home than she would like.

5) Silent Scream by Angela Marsons.

I am into my crime-fiction thriller novels at the moment because I have an idea for my own book, which fits into that genre and I'm trying to get some inspiration as to what style or tone I would like to take with it, how to keep the enigma and mystery or slowly unravel the case etc. so this is another crime fiction thriller novel to the list, I've broken it up into reading the books of Pratchett's so it's not too intense.
I am super excited about reading this one because it is actually set in the hometown I grew up in the West Midlands, known as "the Black Country" and the reason it has that name is because it was so heavily polluted with smoke and fog, it used to repulse Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens as well as many other artists because of all the black, heavy smoke. Angela Marsons is a new British author with a total of five books published, three of these following the story and cases of D.I Kim Stone, which this novel "Silent Scream" also belongs to and is the third novel in the series. What I also love about Kay Scarpetta and D.I Kim Stone I think will be the way you can pick these up, without reading the other novels first so there is no pressure to read anything in order.
Synopsis: A headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first of many gruesome murders which shook the Black Country. When human remains are found at a former children's home, there are many disturbing and twisted secrets also unearthed. In order to prevent the body count from rising, Kim must face the demons of her past and catch the killer before it is too late.

Other Books on the reading list:

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
American Psycho by Brett Easton.
Harry potter (Re-read) series.
Insomnia by Stephen King.
Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante.
Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams.
One flew over the Cuckoo nest by Ken Kesey.
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou.
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I am 100% sure this list will get longer, I am very excited to take this year to reading, can not wait to get my head in some of these novels. If there are any you would recommend I would love to hear it. :)) thank you all.

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