Spring Reading | TBR Challenge

Spring Reading | TBR Challenge

I've been doing okay with reading lately; I'm well ahead of my Goodreads challenge but i feel like i need a bit of a boost so I've decided to set myself a little challenge.
There are 9 week remaining in Spring so I've decided i want to read 10 books in that time, now i know to some people that is easily done but I've been quite slow at working my way through my books recently so i wanted to be realistic. I have a LOT of books in my TBR box so I'm hoping that by doing this, it will help me to get through a good portion of the books i own.

I honestly don't know if I'm going to be able to read all 10 but I'm definitely going to give it a good try, you can follow my progress on Goodreads and i may also do a post on here at the end of the 9 weeks updating you with how i get on. I've tried to select a variety of books, some easier to read than others and I'm really looking forward to finally getting round to reading some of these as I've been meaning to read a lot of them for a while.

1. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
I'm sure you've all heard about this book by now, it's extremely popular and also a bestseller. It follows Starr, a protagonist drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend. I don't know a whole lot about what happens in the story but i think the subject matter of this book is very important and something that is very much relevant today. I feel like this is going to be an important and eye opening read.

2. You & Me, Always by Jill Mansell
I've not really heard anything about this book; i was intrigued by the blurb and decided i wanted to give it a try. It follows Lily, who on her 25th birthday opens the last letter left from her Mum, who died when Lily was younger. Finally learning about the real love of her mum's life is a revelation and on that very same day, Lily meets Eddie who could change her world in unimaginable ways.. It's not the greatest description i know, but it sounds like an interesting read and i always enjoy books where the main character uncovers secrets and learns about someone else's past, whether it be their parent or relative - they tend to capture my attention and keep me reading out of curiosity.

3. Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher
I've read all of Giovanna Fletcher's previous novels so it seems only fitting i read this too. After 10 years together everyone is expecting a ring, but a romantic trip away together and Lizzy is left with nothing - no ring and no fiance. Despite being heartbroken, Lizzy seizes this opportunity to rediscover who she was before Ian and discover who she is at heart. I like reading chick lit, romance style books so i feel like i can't really go wrong with this and i also enjoy Giovanna's writing style, it flows nicely and her books are generally easy to read.

4. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
I keep hearing really good things about this book and I'm really excited to finally get around to reading it. Five strangers walk into detention but only four walk out alive...I'm really intrigued by this book and already so curious to find out what happens. I really want this to be a book that completely hooks me in and i can't put down, it's been ages since I've read a book like that.

5. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Again, I've not really heard too much about this book but it follows 16 year old Alice who has been diagnosed with Leukaemia, she vows to spend her final months with her best friend righting wrongs with a bucket list filled with both vengeance and hope, but then Alice goes into remission and she must face the consequences of everything she's said and done. I'm not too sure what to expect from this book, i feel like I'm either going to love it or hate it but i think the story line is really interesting.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I honestly have no idea what to expect from this nor do i ever know much about what it's even about but I'm always hearing people saying how much they love it so naturally i want to read it. I don't really know how to begin to explain what this is about, but The Night Circus is set in Victorian London and is a wandering magical circus that is only open from sunset to sunrise. The circus has no set schedule, it appears without warning and leaves without notice. The story does focus specifically two magicians proteges who are bound to a deadly competition. I'm curious to see what it's like as see if i like it as much as everyone else seems to do so.

7. Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
I was adamant i wasn't going to read this because youtuber books kind of annoy me, but it was on offer for 99p on kindle and the story sounds like the cheesy romance books i like to read anyways. Robin Wilde is a single mum and a make up artist but she has a secret, despite loving her job and her daughter things just feel grey and lonely. What Robin longs for is someone to share with - someone who's always on her team. I have no doubt what so ever that this is probably going to be a bit of a cheesefest but I'm looking forward to reading it and seeing what it's like, I'm also curious to see how i get on with Louise's writing style.

8. Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
This is very much a teenage book which is definitely aimed at someone who is a heck of a lot younger than me, i actually don't remember how this came into my possession but I've actually read a couple of good reviews about this and i feel like it's going to be a cute, easy read. It follows Bella Fisher who is as the title suggests 'super awkward' and she is winning at failing at life - after meeting the 'fittest boy' whilst dressed as a cereal box she's determined to persuade him to go to prom with her. I have no doubt whatsoever that this book will probably make me cringe but i also feel like it's going to be a cute read.

9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I've been meaning to start this series for a very long time but a part of me is avoiding it, I'm always hearing such good things about it that i feel like I'm expecting it to be amazing and I'm worried that my expectations may be too high. Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill; so when she spots a deer in the forest, she cannot resist fighting. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price...Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. I'm really hoping i love it as much as everyone else seems to but I'm going to try to go in without too many expectations.

10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This is another series I've been meaning to pick up - When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. This has literally been in my TBR box for about 2-3 years and I've never fully known what it's about but having read the plot line, I'm actually quite intrigued to see what it's like.

So those are the 10 books I'm aiming to read, I'm hoping to stick to this list and to help me I'm going to put myself on a book buying ban for the next 9 weeks.
Natalie xx

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