My 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

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 every year.

After doubling my goal of 10 books last year (since I went on honeymoon and managed to read a book a day!), I thought I would keep my goal to 20 books this year. However, just missed out on this target, but I was ever so close to making it.

Here’s how my 2019 challenge went, with a short review and rating for each of the books that I read:

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Book Review: The Other Side Of The Wall by Andrea Mara

“Lying in bed later that night, listening to the soft breathing of her baby son, the images play on her mind – the imagined child in the pond, side by side with the flowerbed at its edge – and when she falls asleep, she dreams of missing children.”

Published in 2017 and written by Andrea Mara, The Other Side of the Wall begins as Sylvia looks out her bedroom window to see a child face down in the pond next door. But when she races into her neighbour’s garden, the pond is empty and no-one is answering the door. Forced to believe that she was just seeing things, despite the fact that a local child has gone missing, Sylvia’s husband insists it’s all in her mind and encourages her to give their new neighbour, Sam, another chance. After all, he seems friendly and helpful enough. However, after further bizarre disturbances occur in her house at night, it soon becomes obvious that there’s something very wrong on the other side of the wall.

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