Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

Wondering What To Read Next?

30 Books to Read Before June 2017.

Leicester, UK

I am so motivated to read more books in 2017 and to read my challenge of reading 60 books over the year, if not more. I've always had the new years resolution of reading more since I can remember but never managed to achieve it. I seem to get on a good roll and then seem to become really distracted from enjoying a good book.

This year I've decided on the approach of documenting the 30 Books I want to read within the first 6 months of this year. Some of these books have either been on my bookshelf for a while or are books I have heard a lot about during 2016 but haven't had the chance to read. I feel really motivated this year and even had logged this into my notebook in the hope it'll help me keep on track with my challenge.

If anybody has any tips for keeping on track with my 2017 challenge but some book recommendations then I'd love to hear them. I'm looking forward to sharing with you my progress during the year with this challenge too!

♦ All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
♦ All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
♦ All The Missing Girls - Megan Miranda
♦ All The Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood
A Mindfulness Gudie for the Frazzled - Ruby Wax
Beautiful Broken Things - Sara Banard
 Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online - Emma Gannon
♦ Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
♦ Girl Up - Laura Bates
♦ Holding Up The Universe - Jennifer Niven
♦ I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed The World - Malala Yousafzai 
♦ One Million Lovely Letters - Jodi Ann Bickley
Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill
♦ Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick
♦ Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult 
♦ The Girls - Emma Cline
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
♦ The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
♦ The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
♦ The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories - Marina Keegan
 The Leaving by Tara Alterbrando 
♦ The Widow - Fiona Barton
♦ This is Where it Ends - Marieke Nijkamp
♦ Three Amazing Things About You - Jill Mansell
♦ Us - David Nicholls
We All Looked Up: Tommy Wallach 
Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame - Mara Wilson
Death on Toast - John Townsend

What are the books you'd like to get ticked off your to read list during 2017?


  1. I really want to try reading some of these books this year! I'm currently in the middle of #GIRLBOSS !

    Neelam | www.neelamjayna.co.uk x

    1. Ah I hope you get the chance to and definitely let me know what you think! I have been meaning to read #GIRLBOSS for ages, will have to check it out this year! xx

  2. we have such a similar taste in books! xx

    1. Ah I love that, I'm into a lot of mystery/thriller stuff now too! :)

  3. I've read a few of these.. Ctrl Alt Delete is brilliant, I was cringing and laughing as it was exactly what I did in my teen years! You'll love it. I've saved this list for book inspiration next time in wandering around Waterstones

    Hannah x

    1. Ah I can't wait to read it then, especially if I can relate to it a lot. I think it'll be one of my Feb reads as I'm dying to read it now! :) xx

  4. Oooooh so many goodies in there! x
    Sophie Cliff

    1. Ah thanks Soph, your always someone I come to look at for some reading inspo!

      Emmie x

  5. Loving your picture!
    Right now I am reading The Spooks series ( I am on No 5) I would like to finish Divergence & Legend series too ( my style are more sci-fi as you can see) . I can't really give you ideas of what to read as my style is different but I think you'll be rather busy with your awesome reading list :) xx


    1. Ah thankyou it's all down to fellow blogger Kirstie from BehindTheScent because he helped me with some tips! Ah the Divergence series is really good, i'm sure you'll enjoy it! xx

  6. I'm currently reading I Am Malala, it's such a good book! I loved All the Bright Places, can't wait for the film! I need to read Holding Up the Universe, The Sun is also a Star and Scrappy Little Nobody!

    1. Ah is it good? I loved her documentary so I'm definitely excited to read the book this year. I need to get into All The Bright Places, I feel like it may be a June read though when the weather is better! xx

  7. I really want to read more this year so this is going to be a fab list to refer back to, there's so many that I'm already desperate to read but I'm trying to just buy one at a time so that no books get left on my dresser unread!


    1. Ah thankyou Tara, I hope you'll keep coming back to this list and my reviews to help inspire your reading choices! xx

  8. You have some fantastic books on your list! I think you will love CTRL, ALT, DEL. I listened to the audiobook, and thought it was brilliant. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is on my list for this year too! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

    1. Ah I can't wait for CTRL, ALT, DEL I've heard so much positive stuff about it so can't wait to see what it's all about! xx

  9. All The Light We Cannot See was one of my favourite books I read last year. It's so beautiful and vivid and really touching, I hope you like it! Happy reading! Xx

    1. I keep wanting to read it, need to get through my mammoth of a to read list first, a potential summer read though! :) xx

  10. Good luck! As I said I'm doing the goodreads challenge again (so far read 12 of 80) x

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