January is always a tough month for me due to very sad memories but this year I focused on escaping into books as much as I could and as a result I’ve had a great reading month. Here are the 23 books I read in January….
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polinski by Samantha Geimer
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
How Much the Heart Can Hold by Carys Bray et al
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest
Howards End is on the Landing: My Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Life of Rylan by Rylan Clark-Neal
Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre
I managed to review eight of the above books, along with two the two titles below which I’d read at the end of 2016 but didn’t get a chance to review them at the time. Click the titles to read the reviews if you’d like to:
I’m planning reviews for at least a few more of the above books so hopefully they’ll be up on my blog soon.
I also wrote blog posts about my Top Ten Fiction and Top Ten Non-Fiction reads of 2016. I shared my Reading Bingo 2016 results, which was a lot of fun. I hadn’t planned my reading to fit the bingo challenge so I was thrilled to find that I got a full house! I also wrote a post about my Christmas Book Haul.
I then confessed to the State of my TBR and my plans to reduce it this year. I started the year with 1885 books (that I already own) on my TBR and as of the end of January my TBR stands at 1901 (not including the 6 books I’m currently reading). In fairness, I have read quite a few books off my TBR in January but I also had my birthday and my lovely husband bought me 21 books! I feel like I’m doing well with my TBR considering how many books I added to it with gifts and review books. I really hope to get my TBR back to around 1885 this month and then I’ll be (sort of) back on track to try and reduce it.
One of my other aims this year was to read some of the longer books that have been languishing on my shelves for a long time and I’m sticking to that so far. In January I read two books that were over 500 pages each – The Poisonwood Bible and The Book of Strange New Things so I’m pleased with that. I’m also currently reading The Luminaries, which is almost 900 pages long. It’s important to me to read books that I’ve owned for a long time and still not read so I need to focus on that a bit more this month.
I’ve used Goodreads to track my reading for quite a few years now and I’ll continue to do so but I recently found a spreadsheet online where I can track my reading in more detail. I’m finding it fascinating to see where my habits lie when it comes to the books I read. This is the lovely YouTuber who kindly shared her spreadsheet Portal in the Pages
How was your January? Did you read any good books? Please tell me what your favourite book from January was, and if you have a January wrap-up post on your blog please feel free to share the link below.