My Favourite Books so far in my 2021 Reading challenge

Okay, so those of you who may follow me on other social media platforms may know that this year I have started doing a Goodreads 2021 reading challenge. Mainly because I have so many books to read & always make excuses about ‘not having the time’. But also to try to divert from being on my phone too much & help inspire my writing a little.

So you know, lots of reasons really. My goal was very ambitious too. I’ve set a goal of reading 100!

In fairness, I am doing okay. I still have many books to read though. I’m not going to lie, not all the books I’ve read so far have appealed to me that much but I’ve enjoyed it all none-the-less. So here’s a few books from the 52 read so far I wanted to share with you;

WITCH by Rebecca Tamâs.

It’s no secret to anyone that I love poetry. I am a sucker for any poetry book, I can get lost in poetry for hours whether it be reading it or writing my own.

It’s also no secret that I love witches/witch related stuff.

Witch is a fresh refreshing selection of poetry, the way Rebecca writes is beautiful & each poem falls into a different kind of rhythm. Some poems lay out like a little story, some are brief pieces written out as spells. The whole book from beginning to end is an enjoyable read though if you want some different poetry to indulge in.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L Frank Baum.

We all know the classic story from the 1930s musical. I have been obsessed with Wizard of Oz & the 90’s darker flick Return to Oz for years & I recently decided to buy the boxset of Oz books.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first and most well-known of the series is an enjoyable read. It is also however, very different to the 30s musical in a lot of ways.

Of course, we need to remember that books written hundreds of years ago are very different to what we read now. The language has changed a lot, it’s interesting to read through a book that uses a word frequently to describe something that is actually an offensive word to different sexualities now. But it is what it is. The words did not have the same meaning back then, but there was a lot more about the book that differs from the film. Although most of the characters in the film are in the book, the wicked witch of the west is barely in it. She’s a very small detail in the story really, there’s a whole chunk of things that go on without her involvement.

A well known fact (I think) about the difference between book-film as well is that the slippers were never red. In the book they are silver. There’s also many darker turns of events in the tale, a whole bunch of characters that never made it to the film.

As always with fairy tale stories, production companies sugar coated it to make it seem more child-friendly, tamer etc. But do you know what, if they were to remake the Wizard of Oz but make it more matching with the novel itself, I don’t think it would be a bad thing. It definitely wouldn’t be rated U though…

Wolves & Daggers – Melanie Karsak.

I started developing a little interest/fascination with Steampunk recently. This book was one of the first I read, it didn’t disappoint.

The book is the first of a series of ‘steampunk red riding hood’ stories. It has a really refreshing take on wolves & the life-style they lead. I won’t go into all the detail about Steampunk because it’s something I’m still learning about myself. But I will say this story made me want to download the rest of the tales to carry on the story.

The characters are very easy to invest in & the pace of the story is easy to follow. If you’re looking for something very different to read then usual, I would recommend this genre.

Dear Self – Ruby Dhal

Most people have probably heard of Ruby Dhal I’d imagine. I have read all of her poetry books so far, Ruby has a way of writing poetry you can really relate to.

This new book is slightly different though. Instead of a book of poems, Ruby has written a book where she’s written about a lot of the experiences she’s been through & expressing some great life advice in the process. The whole book from start to finish is relatable, fresh & different.

Even if you haven’t read Ruby’s poetry before, I would recommend buying this book!

There was of course many other books this year that I loved, but some of them had their own blog post reviews written about them (see earlier posts). But these I decided to pick out & share with you all.

Fingers crossed I manage to hit 100 books this year.

(Not gonna lie, I’m feeling overly ambitious now & hoping to go higher than 100!)

3 comments

  1. Wow! You’ve read 52 books this year. That’s a lot. I haven’t read any of these books. I would love to read Dear self and the wonderful wizard of Oz. I’ll add them to my to-be-read list. I’m very sure you’ll smash your reading goals for this year. x

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  2. These all sound amazing and I am definitely going to add these to my TBR list. think you are one of the few people that actually knows Return to Oz. I saw it in the theatre when I was little, but no one ever knows what I’m talking about. I’m so happy some one else has seen it. Thanks for sharing your favourites!

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