Guys, you’re taking over my blog.
At least for today, anyway.
This blog is basically one huge recommendation for reading. There’s an endless amount of books talked about on here, but even so, there’s even more I’ve not yet discovered.
Now, recently I posted my Reading Resolutions for 2017 video. For those who you who haven’t seen it
(which you totally should, you know. Would be very much appreciated *winks*), three of the resolutions on there are about bringing a difference to my reading taste.
1. I hope to read more nonfiction
2. I hope to read more diversely
and 3. I hope to broaden my genres
Which means I’ve got a lot of book buying to do in 2017. And you know what I need to do that?
While I do read diverse books, I sure as hell know I could do better.
Now, I’ve already started my research. I already have a list forming of books with diversity in them (including mental health). I’ve spent ages trawling through recommendation threads on Twitter. But there’s so many out there, it’s a little overwhelming. On twitter, all these threads are just titles to me, and while I do have tabs open next to each other for Goodreads, taking the time to look into each book, it’s always so much more nicer when the recommendations are somewhat tailored.
So here’s what I’m after:
Everything. I want books featuring PoC, LGBTQ+, different cultures, disabilities, mental health.
Now, I DO tend to read fantasy the most. So any diverse recommendations within the fantasy genre will be great. But I’m not opposed to reading contemporary either, which I know is what most diverse books come under. So really, recommend away!
This one, admittedly, is probably the hardest.
Before this year, I had ZERO interest in nonfiction. I’d attempted to read so many autobiographies, but they’re just a huge no from me.
But ohhhh how that changed.
This year, I read The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank. And it filled my heart with so many emotions. I both loved and hated it so much.
Which is where we get this growing interest in nonfiction from. I am a HUGE fan of history. While I’m really bad at remembering important names and dates, I have a fascination for stories from long ago, and the fact they actually happened blows my mind. Which I’m pretty certain is why I felt so strongly about Anne Frank’s Diary.
So I’m on the hunt for more historical nonfiction. I’m planning on buying Night by Elie Wiesel and Hiroshima by John Hersey. Anything that will teach me more about the events of the past without being – dare I say it? – boring and textbook like...throw it at me!
And if you have a nonfiction recommendation that isn’t historical, still throw it my way! I’m considering getting We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so let me know if that a good one 🙂
So the resolution to broaden my genres is an all-round thing, but I specifically need recommendations for two genres: classics and poetry.
Now for classics, I’ve been on quite a roll with them this year. I’ve read on of Jane Austen’s books each month towards the end of the year as part of the Austentatious book club, and this is still in progress until…February? I think?
But I want to make sure this carries on. Once I’ve run out of Jane Austen books, I don’t know where to go next.
A few I’m interested in most at the moment are: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (I own this one already), The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Handmaid’s Tale (I’m getting this for Christmas), Little Women and I Capture The Castle.
If there’s any you think I should get to, please let me know – including modern classics!
And finally, poetry.
I’ve literally only read a couple of poems by Tennyson and Christina Rossetti for an English Literature class ages ago.
I want to learn to enjoy poetry. But having no idea where to start, I need some of you guys to guide me on my way.
I’ve seen a couple – Milk and Honey and The Princess Saves Herself In This One, but are these a good place to start? Are there others?
So now…take it away guys!
I hope you like this idea. I know it’s very different to the usual kind of thing you see on book blogs, but I’m attempting that many new changes to my reading list, I’m hoping you’ll get involved and help me out!
Feel free to recommend as many as you want – whether that’s just one, or one for each category, or even a whole host of books. I’ll be writing them all down in my notebook so I can have a list to choose from!
And even though I’ll say it again if you comment, THANK YOU FOR HELPING!
I appreciate you guys more than you realise ❤
Until next time…
Come and visit me!