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.

After completing my challenge of 15 books last year, I thought I would increase my goal to 20 books. However, it turns out that having a baby takes up more time than I thought it would, so this is the first year that I haven’t completed my challenge. Still, I thought I would share the few books that I did manage to find some time to read. Here’s how my 2017 challenge went, with a short review and rating for each of the books:

1. Silence by Shusaku Endo

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2. The Accident by C.L. Taylor

A book about secrets, The Accident is the thriller that started it all for C.L. Taylor. Full of twists, dark pasts, and an engrossing mystery, it is everything that you would want it to be, even if a little write-by-numbers.

It does follow quite a strict formula, ending every chapter with a cliff-hanger and starting every new chapter with an intriguing scene, but it works. It keeps the pace fast and ensures that you keep turning the pages. You can tell that the thriller has been dragged out a little as Sue doesn’t ask the questions she should straight away, but you can also tell that Taylor has gone through this story many times to ensure that she hasn’t missed out any details or left any questions unanswered. She spends time on each and every character, no matter how small, making sure that they each add something to the story and that their purpose is obvious.

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3. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

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4. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

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5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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6. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

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