My 50 Book Challenge!

There is nothing I love more than curling up on a lazy day off and reading a whole book in one go. But admittedly, my reading game has been pretty slack due to traveling for a year – sad but true.

So in an attempt to get my library back up to scratch, I have conducted a list of books I am going to complete in the first year after I get home (I know that doesn’t sound too quick, but around an average of one book a week is definitely a challenge when life gets in the way). Let me know your thoughts on any of these books you’ve read already or any others you think I should add to the list! I know it’s a bit soon, but I am giving myself enough time to make any alterations via friendly recommendations and want to be sure I won’t get distracted with beaches and kangaroos.

I’ll be sure to let you know when I start, and give you weekly feedback on them as I go along.Don’t worry though, I’ve not stopped reading altogether, I am currently reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and can’t wait to review it once I am done!

1. To Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne (Since this guy got an honorary doctorate at my graduation, I feel as though it’s a must read).


2. The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank.

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3. 1984, by George Orwell.


4. How To Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran.


5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.


6. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (a classic I never had the pleasure of reading at GCSE).


7. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

kite runner

8. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.


9. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

a tale of two cities

10. Catch 22, by Joseph Heller.


11. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier.


12. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (because, you know – who isn’t curious about the original story behind this awesome show?!) This one’s a collection, but for this purpose I am sticking to the first one for now.

game of thrones

13. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.


14. And When Was The Last Time You Saw Your Father, by Blake Morrison.


15. The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe (probably one of my favourite authors of all time, so ready for this one).


16. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.

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17. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffennegger.


18. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie.


19. A Night at the Circus, by Angela Carter.


20. The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing.


21. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.


22. Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift.


23. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.


24. We’re all completely beside ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler.


25. Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert – a classic.


26. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.


27. Disgrace, by J.M Coetzee.


28. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.


29. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville (I can’t believe I haven’t read this one already to be honest).


30. Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.


31. The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink.


32. The End of the Affair, by Graham Green.


33. Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding – is there any reason to ask why, really?


34.Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe (a very important piece in terms of history).


35. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath.


36. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie.


37. Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I find it hard to believe this man could produce anything not spectacular to be honest, very excited for this one).


38. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton.


39. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell.

Gone With The Wind

40. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov.


41. Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit. 

Men Explain Things to Me front cover

42. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay (given that I am a huge feminist, I am really looking forward to reading this collection of essays).


43. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


44. An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde (I am obsessed with his play, The Importance of Being Earnest, so have high hopes for this one).


45. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare (plays definitely count).


46. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (sorry, I have a slight obsession with Charles Dickens at the moment).


47. The Way we Live Now, by Anthony Trollope.


48. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes.


49. The Invisible Man, by H.G.Wells.


50. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (a bit weary given that the film was a tad strange, but a friend has convinced me to give it a go).




One thought on “My 50 Book Challenge!

  1. Some really awesome books here. There are a lot I really like and a lot I want to read. Have you thought of tracking them on GoodReads? Check it out, thats where I have been tracking my reads and it has changed my life a little. haha. happy reading!


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