Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2019

Hi friends!

As one of my favourite memes say: “January was a tough year, but we made it!”, and what a fantastic month it has been! I am  a few days late with posting this, but I was distracted by end of dry January and Back with the Ex on Netflix…(#sorrynotsorry!)

Here’s what I got up to in January 2019.

I managed to smash the TBR target, took part of a book swap and fed my book-hoarder habit.

I  finished 6 books! 
The Last Straw – Ed Duncan (an honest review)

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, and to be fair I didn’t think it was bad at all. I gave it 3.5/5 with the biggest issue being the abrupt ending. I was very impressed by the authors world building abilities and dialogues between characters that did not feel forced.

Let me Lie – Clare Mackintosh

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Truthfully I was a little scared that I might not, because how can you love every book you read by an author, right? If you haven’t read this one yet, I strongly suggest you do. It is A M A Z I N G! 6/5 stars speaks for itself.

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

Another favourite of the month. The epic hype around this book (and a suggestion from a friend) made me pick up this book and frankly if you haven’t already, what are you waiting for? We’re all a little nosy when it comes to neighbours and the book is full of drama and twists which will make you turn the pages without a break until the end. 5*/5. Outstanding read!

The Plea – Steve Cavanagh

When it comes to Eddie Flynn? *sighs and stares longingly to the distance* He is truly one and only. I love him so much. Read the book – its a 5/5!

The Accident – C.L. Taylor

My first encounter with Taylor’s book and i dig it. A solid 4/5 and I look forward to reading more books written by her in the future.

Red Bones – Ann Cleeves (full review to follow soon..)

I don’t know what it is with Ann’s books, but I struggle to get hooked from the beginning but by the end I’m glad I persevered. Whilst this is not my favourite of the Shetland series it was still a good 3.5 (nearly 4)/5 and I gained so much more respect for Sandy. He truly came out of his shell in this book. Perez was on top form, as always, and a few murders didn’t go a miss as usual. Worth picking up if you like a good “who-dunnit” where you won’t have a clue who the culprit is until the very last chapter.

I broke my book buying ban.

Again, a mixture of second hand charity book shop finds and Amazon purchases.

Serhii Plokhy – Chernobyl

Jodi Picoult – Small Great Things

Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

Caroline Kepnes – You

Caroline Kepnes – Hidden Bodies

John Guy – Mary Queen of Scots

John Grisham – The Innocent Man

Rebecca Chance – Bad Twins

And I wrote a few bookish blog posts (check me out – new year, new me!)

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I am so pleased with January’s reading and blog progress! I will be posting my February TBR very shortly and it’s the first time I used by TBR Book Jar – honestly what a difference it made to the book selection! Keep your eyes peeled for February book pile!

                    
Tell me something that made you proud this month?

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