January Roundup

To kick of 2020 I managed to read 7 books in January and listen to 1 audiobook. I know that this is a low number of books for me, I can usually read around 15 in a month, but I found it kind of hard to get back into the swing of things once Christmas was over. This month has been quite busy – though admittedly, not as busy as February will be! – and I struggled at times to find space to read or a book to get into.

Anyway, onto the books.

The Good:

I was pretty lucky in what I read this month, 6/7 books I enjoyed greatly. I read a mixture this month from children’s, to thrillers, to young adult. I adopted the approach where I didn’t think about what I wanted to read next, I just let my hands pick out a book and then committed to it.

I have 3 standout books for this month.

The first was ‘The One’ by John Marrs, which incidentally, was the first book I read in this year. This book carried me away and I was full invested in what I was reading and in the characters that were portrayed. I read this off the back of reading ‘The Passengers’ and I remember feeling giddy at the thought of discovering an author whose books sung to me. After finishing ‘The One’ I actually went ahead and bought two more of John Marr’s books – which I have yet to read. There wasn’t one moment of this book that I disliked and it has become the book I’ve most recommended to friends in January.

Secondly there was ‘All the Missing Girls’ by Megan Miranda. I had discovered Miranda through a post on instagram, and having read two of her other books, I knew I needed to read this one as well. I was looking for it in hardback but couldn’t find it anywhere and ended up reading it on Kindle but it was a book I read in a single setting. It took me about 4.5 hours to read and I can tell you little of what happened around me while I was reading. This book completely stole my breath away and I love the way Miranda writes her characters and the twists and turns that come as each page turns.

Lastly, there was ‘Black Summer’ by M. W. Craven, which is the sequel (or second book) to ‘The Puppet Show.’ There is something eerily delicious in the way Craven writes and the main character, Washington Poe has so much baggage attached to him that it is impossible not to fall in love with his character as the story unfolds. Along with Tilly Bradshaw, they make an interesting pairing and they investigate in an ‘out of the box’ way that makes it seem new and refreshing.

The Bad:

Really, there is only one book I can put in this segment and that is, ‘The Girls of Paper and Fire’ by Natasha Ngan. If you’ve read my review for it, you can clearly see how much I disliked the majority of what I was reading. I feel like I’ve read a different book that the hordes of people who recommend it, or perhaps missed a point that others have clutched to. I think this book was just the chalk to my cheese and I had too many negative emotions and feelings to be able to view it in any positive light.

Reviews Posted:

The One by John Marrs – ★★★★★

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – ★★★★

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – ★★★★★

Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock – ★★★★

Nevertell by Katherine Orton – ★★★★★

Black Summer by M. W. Craven – ★★★★★

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – ★★★

Audiobook – Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

New Posts:

Aside from reading books, I also added to the growing number of posts I put up on this blog.

The two new additions were:

Theatre reviews

I see A LOT of theatre, I’m a theatre lover and when I’m not reading, it is one of my other happy places. In Feb alone, I’m seeing three different productions so, I thought it was time to share another love of mine with all of you, and review what I go to see.

3 Fact Book News

I’m slightly chaotic in the way that I post on this blog. My thought process is often muddled and I really just post what comes to my mind but a lot of my decisions aren’t recorded here. So, with the 3 Fact Book News, I’m laying down a post that shows what I have actually read in the week, what books I’ve attempted to read, but for whatever reason, have discarded and lastly, what books I have collected – e.g. what books made me break my book ban! I try to update my TBR shame tag anytime I get more books but I know some slip through without being recorded and you wouldn’t believe how many books I ended up getting rid of last year because they’d been on my shelf for over a year and never been read! – This happens to me a lot as my reading tastes change.

I generally think I need someone to come forward and slap me on the hand when I think of a new blog post idea. At some point, it’s going to get a little crazy and my OCD won’t be able to handle things – but we’ll cross that bridge if we ever get to it!

Happy End of January Everyone! Woo!

How many books did you read?

What was your stand out book of the month?

What was your least favourite book of the month?

Let me know 😀

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