For this year’s Goodreads ‘Reading Challenge’, I pledged 30 books. Last year, I exceed my goal of 24 with a total of 32 books (though I’ve already told you, there’s a real chance this total is a lot higher because of all the smutty e-books I managed to read but got too embarrassed to add to my Goodreads).

I hit 30 books, then hit 40 – that’s right. To celebrate hitting (then exceeding) my goal, I’m doing a super speedy quick round up of the last twenty books I’ve read. Again, there might be spoilers.

Laura the Explorer, by Sarah Begg

Good book! Easy read, and great for fans of Sophie Kinsella and co.

The Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary

This book is so clever. It’s a genius idea, and honestly realistic with the London rental market…

Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams

Yes. I have recommended this to everyone and my copy currently has a waiting list. I’ve never read a book that puts panic and anxiety into words I don’t hate, until now.

The Mister, by E.L James

It was bad but did exactly what I wanted it to do. I did feel quite guilty reading it.

Fire After Dark, by Sadie Matthews

I planned to read this trilogy, and only realised I’d read it before when I got to the last chapter.

With This Man, by Jodie Ellen Malpas

Lots of trashy books in a row… I loved this. I read the This Man series years back and this book revisits the Ward family years later – and it’s good.

Junk Mail, by Kendall Ryan

Girl receives saucy selfie, then goes to work and there he is… the saucy selfie sender. You get it.

Boyfriend for Hire, by Kendall Ryan

Girl goes on date with an escort but doesn’t know he’s an escort and falls for him, and then finds out he’s an escort. You get it.

The Hating Game, by Sally Thorne

SO GOOD. I loved this. Maybe one of the best books I’ve read this year. Sally Thorne does a really good job of writing about an obsessive kind of, want-to-be-inside-your-bones-that’s-how-much-I-like-you attraction. And it’s good.

99 Percent Mine, by Sally Thorne

See above. This is a Sally Thorne fan account now. Love her.

The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory

This book was also so good. It is feminist-y, and Carlos is a Nice Boy.

The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang

I devoured this (I am being so nice, I am so good at picking books clearly).

The Last Piece of My Heart, Paige Toon

Perfect holiday read.

How To Date Men When You Hate Men, by Blythe Roberson

The only bit of non-fiction! If you have a Tinder account, or are a woman who goes on dates, you need this. I laughed out loud, sent my friends passages and appreciated every Harry Styles reference.

I Owe You One, by Sophie Kinsella

Fixie is a great name, and a great character. 100% recommend.

Love You, Love You Not, by Jo Watson

Another very easy read. It’s funny throughout, but also sad.

Five Years From Now, by Paige Toon

Such a happy ending, and then like 20 more pages and then a not so traditional happy ending,

The Two Week Arrangement, by Kendall Ryan

Okay, so this was good. But it is part of a series and ended with a cliffhanger, and the next part hasn’t been published yet. Clearly good, if I’m irritated by this fact.

Wedding Night, by Sophie Kinsella

I love this woman, and everything she writes.

I Heart New York, by Lindsey Kelk

I read this book and immediately bought the other seven in the series. Perfect chick-lit.

So that’s the reading challenge done! I’m not going to stop this, because it’s nice to look back on what I’ve read and remember how good I am at picking great books.

If you’ve got any recommendations, similar to the above or completely different, let me know on Twitter @LivingRoomBlog.

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