7 Books I Really Fancy Reading This Year

7 Books I Really Fancy Reading This Year- a selection of books on a table

Once upon a time I started a book club. A group of around eight of us got together every six weeks to discuss a book that we’d all read. We’d spend all evening discussing the book; putting the world to rights and having a good old natter about pretty much anything.

We read some brilliant books, as well as some snooze-fest ones. Not forgetting that time my mother chose Fifty Shades of Grey. This resulted in one excruciatingly funny evening depicting what is essentially a porno in the same room as my Mother and my Mother-in-Law. Listening to my best friend explain what a butt plug is to my Mother-in-Law was perhaps one of the funniest evenings in our book club’s history.

We did have fun and I really looked forward to those evenings. But then little miss Elsie came along. Aka, The Baby Who Never Slept, and my beloved book club was just another part of me that I couldn’t hold on to anymore.

I was just too tired to do anything. Since 2015 I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read. Between juggling work and getting babies to sleep, my eyes could never stay open long enough to read a page, let alone a book.

But things are different now. I’ve made a promise to myself to switch off and make time to read before bedtime. So I thought I’d share a list of the books I really fancy reading.

7 Books I Really Fancy Reading This Year: an open book with glasses on it on a bed

7 Books I Really Fancy Reading This Year

This Is Going To Hurt- Adam Kay

I read half of this book over a year ago and I’m determined to finish it before the end of January! This Is Going To Hurt is the diary of Adam Kay, a junior NHS doctor. It’s a brutally honest and hilarious eye-opener to the pressures and reality that our NHS staff are facing.

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read- Philippa Perry

Another book that I started last year and will finish next is The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read. It’s probably one of the best parenting books ever written. Perry, a psychotherapist, explores the concept of delving into your own childhood in order to understand th ways in which you parent your own child. From what I’ve read so far, it’s a fascinating idea and one that I really try and draw on every day.

Finding Audrey- Sophie Kinsella

Kinsella’s first novel aimed at teenagers tells the story of Audrey, a teenager who can’t leave the house. Until one day her brother’s friend Linus comes round and gives Audrey a bit of a helping hand in finding her way out into the real world.

How To Stop Losing Your Shi*t With Your Kids- Carla Naumburg

One that was recommended to me on Instagram. Naumburg’s honest and funny book takes a pragmatic approach in helping you to realise that you’re not a bad parent. Totally relevant and geared towards modern-day parents. I’m hoping this book will offer some good advice to become a calmer, more mindful parent.

Postscript- Cecelia Ahern

The long-awaited sequel to PS, I Love You and I can’t wait to read it. Seven years after her husband Gerry died, Holly has finally found a new life. Until a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, the PS, I Love You Club, approach her and she’s taken back to a life she thought she’d left behind.

The One Plus One- JoJo Moyes

Moyes is one of my favourite authors and I really fancy reading The One Plus One. Dubbed as an unconventional romantic comedy, it sounds like the perfect end of the day pick me up.

The Perfect Child- Lucinda Berry

It’s been a while since I’ve read any nerve-wracking thrillers, but I’d quite like to brave it and read The Perfect Child. Christopher and Hannah have the perfect life. All that’s missing is a child. An abandoned child turns up at their place of work and they take her in as their own. Unbeknown to the couple is the extent of the child’s damaged psyche and it’s not long before the child starts to come between the couple. Eek.

What books do you fancy reading this year? I’d love to hear any recommendations in the comments below…


The Perfect Child
The One Plus One
How To Stop Losing Your Shit
Finding Audrey
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read
This Is Going To Hurt
The Perfect Child
The One Plus One
How To Stop Losing Your Shit
Finding Audrey
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read
This Is Going To Hurt

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  1. Aimee
    January 17, 2020 / 1:43 pm

    I’ve set myself the task of reading at least 35 books this year which isn’t a lot but it’s a start. I am currently reading If only I could tell you by Hannah Beckerman for my book club but I have loads of books I want to read, here are just a few:
    Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Modern Love a book of essays from the NY Times column
    The Silent Patient
    After the End
    Where the Crawdags sing
    Daisy Jones and the 6

    • katie
      January 17, 2020 / 2:45 pm

      Ooh what a fab list sweets! Thank you for sharing…35 is an amazing amount and I reckon you’ll nail it. Especially with a few train trips to Manchester and back now! xx

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