Reading Challenge: 40 books for my 40th!

I LOVE reading. Last year I read 35 books. This year I am aiming for 40 books for my 40th birthday! After every 5 books I’ll be writing a round-up blog review (without any spoilers!). You can follow each book I read on Instagram under the hashtag #40booksformy40th. Books 1-5 are as follows:

Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight

This book inspired me greatly and was fantastic in enabling me to strategise my way to securing my brand spanking new job using the simple comparison equation ‘keys + phone + wallet = shit together’ (you’ll see what I mean if/when you read the book!). It worked and I blogged about it all in Taking Risks and Reaping Rewards! I’m not normally one for self-help books (despite desperately needing them at times!) as I prefer the escapism of fiction but, if you’re floundering in a difficult situation yet willing to follow Knight’s advice and maintain the focus she suggests, it’s definitely worth reading.

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

My husband bought me this book for Christmas, knowing how much I love everything crime related. A Murder is Announced is a much gentler tale than the gruesome crime novels I usually devour (from my favourite thriller authors Chris Carter and Karin Slaughter) but it was entertaining nonetheless and I didn’t guess the whodunnit twist! I read it whilst on holiday and it was a perfect beach companion!

What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell

A tense story about trust and transparency within a marriage. Alice, a portrait painter, discovers discrepancies about her husband Ed which leads her to conduct some uncomfortable investigations of her own. I always love a book which teaches me about something I have absolutely no knowledge of so I enjoyed the art references in the story, the building tension throughout, and the ending was both unexpected and memorable. It reminded me quite a lot of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

The first person stream-of-consciousness style narrative from protagonist Annie’s (a.k.a. Milly’s) point of view makes this story even more disturbing and compelling due to its difficult subject matter. Land has written about a controversial subject matter in such a way that Annie’s thoughts and actions reveal more about what happened to her than it being graphically described outright. It’s an uncomfortable read at times but very well crafted and although you may not agree with Annie’s behaviour at times, you can certainly understand (and perhaps even empathise with) why she is the way she is.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

An amazing premise and a talented storyteller combine to create The Power which offers its readers a glimpse into an alternative/subversive/dystopian way of the world where women possess the electrifying physical power to change everything. Unfortunately, despite being beautifully written (with a stunning cover!), it’s not a book I whizzed through nor carved out time for, which I always do when I’m gripped!

I read The Power in order to join in with Erica Davies’ online book club on Instagram (under the hashtag #editedrecommends), but I think I definitely prefer something more identifiable-character-driven (which is why Marian Keyes is my favourite author in the world!).

Have you read any of these books – what did you think?

Can you recommend any (crime) authors I might enjoy?

4 thoughts on “Reading Challenge: 40 books for my 40th!

  1. That’s pretty cool! 40 books for your 40th! Maybe I should aim for 35 for my 35th birthday in June! 🙂
    I’ve never read any of those books but they look interesting. My mom has a ton of Agatha Christie books. I keep thinking about possibly reading one and seeing if I can get into it. Maybe I will. 🙂
    Hope you’re having a great day! God bless!

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