My Reading List 2016

Over the past couple of years, I have documented every film that I have watched and reviewed them all using Letterboxd.

As a way to motivate myself to read more, I thought I would do the same for what books I have been reading, using Goodreads as a way to set myself a reading challenge.

So, this year I set myself a challenge of reading 18 books, and for the first time since doing so, I have managed to exceed my target, hooray!

Here’s how my 2016 challenge went, with a short review and rating for each of the books:

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Actor Ranked: Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan made her acting debut at the age of only 10 years old, and over the years we have watched her transform from a promising child star in films including Joe Wright’s Atonement and Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, to an elegant and super talented young woman in films such as Brooklyn and Lady Bird.

Here is my ranking of her performances (not of the films themselves) to date:

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Book v Film: The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones is a chilling story, but it’s also an uplifting tale of acceptance and redemption. Sebold’s book is classic, and this adaptation has quite drastically split audiences. Personally, whilst I don’t think that the film is a great adaptation, it’s still one of my favourites.

Film Review: The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones is a chilling story, but it’s also an uplifting tale of acceptance and redemption. Sebold’s book is classic, and this adaptation has quite drastically split audiences. Personally, whilst I don’t think that the film is a great adaptation, it’s still one of my favourites.

Book Review: The Lovely Bones

“Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them.”

The Lovely Bones is a best-selling book written by Alice Sebold in 2002, telling the compelling story of the narrator, Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970’s Pennsylvania, who is raped and murdered by her neighbour on her walk home from school. Susie’s body is never found, thus she finds herself trapped in the ‘in-between’ as she is haunted by the man who ended her life. Susie must now accept her fate as she watches her family fall apart in dealing with their despair from her “own perfect world” in heaven.

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