January has been a strange old month. I always struggle with January as it comes filled with a lot of sad memories for me.
It was my birthday though, which I find tough but my husband made it really lovely for me. He cooked a lush meal in the evening and we shared a bottle of wine while I opened the pile of presents that he gave me. I got some fab new books so will be doing a book haul very soon!
I read a lot of fabulous books in January so my reading year is off to a great start! I can’t pick a favourite from the books that I read, they were all very enjoyable reads.
I didn’t manage to review as many books in January as I’d hoped to as I had a wobbly MacBook but I did get a few blog posts up and now my MacBook appears to be fixed I’m hoping to catch up on my reviews very soon.
Here are the 19 books I read this month:
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I hadn’t read this in many years and couldn’t remember whodunnit so it was great to read this again with fresh eyes in a new edition. I really enjoyed this mystery and it got my reading year of to a brilliant start!
The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday
This was a really good crime thriller novel. It was ideal to read around the festive period but it could be read at another time of year if you’re keen to get to it.
Forgiveness is Really Strange by Masi Noor
This was an ARC so I will be reviewing it soon. I found it really made me think about the nature of forgiveness and gave me a lot to ponder on.
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
I’d had this ARC on my TBR for a while but when I finally read it I enjoyed it. It was an interesting novel about family dynamics and how and why people disappear.
South and West by Joan Didion
I read Blue Nights last year and found it to be a really honest memoir about the loss of her daughter so I was keen to pick this travel memoir up. I find that I get utterly engrossed in her writing and I adore it.
An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth
I got completely lost in this novel, it was such a prescient book and one that I’m still thinking about. I have already reviewed this one so you can read my thoughts here.
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
I read this novel in just two sittings (and the only reason that it wasn’t one sitting was because it was late at night and I needed sleep), it had me hooked right to the very end!
Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters
This was an audiobook and once I got into it I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely a must read for fans of Orange is the New Black.
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time and was hesitant to pick this up as I’d seen mixed reviews. I’m kicking myself for leaving it so long though as I really did enjoy this quirky and interesting novel.
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
This book was so good! It grabbed me from the start and had me engrossed into it right to the very end.
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
I got this book for Christmas and was so pleased as I’d been keen to read it. I read it in one sitting and it was such an interesting book – both funny and heartbreaking at the same time. It was certainly eye-opening!
In The Days Of Rain by Rebecca Stott
I’ve kept hearing about this book and when it won the Costa biography award I had to pick it up. I got the audiobook and found it really engrossing listening to this true story.
Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon
This book was just incredible. I read it on a weekend when I badly needed solace and this book gave me that and so much more as well. I’m still struggling to finish my review because I loved it so much. This is definitely a new favourite and I already want to re-read it!
Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald
I listened to this book on audio and really enjoyed it. I’ve already reviewed this book so you can find out more of my thoughts here.
I Let Him Go by Denise Fergus
I bought this book on release day and read it in one go. It’s a heartbreaking read but it’s such an honest and open memoir.
This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
This is another book that I’ve loved this year. It was so refreshing to read a book that is told in two timelines going in different directions and I very much enjoyed it. I hope to get my review written and posted soon.
The Break by Marian Keyes
I struggled to get into this the first time I picked it up but I gave it another chance at the weekend and I’m so glad I did because I loved it.
Spaceman by Mike Massimino
This was a book that I got for my birthday at the weekend and after looking through all of my birthday books this was the one that called me to me the most. I read it in two sittings and I loved every minute of reading this book.
Winter by Ali Smith
This book took me a little while to read as I was struggling to physically hold the hardback but the novel itself was brilliant. This is another book that I feel sure will be in my favourites list at the end of this year!
January Blog Posts & Reviews:
My favourite novels that I read in 2017
My Favourite non-fiction books that I read in 2017
My 2017 reading reflections and plans for 2018, and the state of my TBR
My reading bingo results for 2017
Review of An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth
An additional January book haul (oops!)
Review of Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald
The state of my TBR:
I made the decision to work on my TBR more seriously this year; to try and read more of the books I already own rather than accumulating a lot more. I started the year with 2756 (this is books that I own)! Over the month it’s held steady-ish as I’ve been good at resisting buying too many books and I’ve also been better at DNFing books that I’m not enjoying. I had a little clear out too and got rid of a few books. Then at the end of the month it was my birthday and I got some books and also some book vouchers so my TBR has gone up again. I’m really pleased with myself overall that my current TBR is now 2752, which is four books less than it was on the first day of the year!
How was your January? I hope you all had a good month and that you read lots of good books. Did you read many books? What was your favourite book of the month? Please tell me in the comments, I’d love to know. Also, if you have a blog please feel free to leave a link to your month’s wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to read and comment back. 🙂
11 thoughts on “My January Wrap-Up post!”
Friend request and Anatomy are on my ‘hurry up and get to them’ list;) Yay to the decrease in book count and also the ability to dnf, I’ve changed my opinion in the last year-I think there is a certain point you know it’s time to call it a day! Also Spaceman reminds me to look out Chris Haddfield’s book (I think you actually reviews it here some time ago!) Great post and happy February to you x
Wow what a fantastic reading month! I haven’t read any Ali Smith but do like the look of the quartet that you’re reading.😊
You read so many books in a month!!! The Deaths of December looks like a really intriguing novel… Also best of luck with lowering your TBR count down 🙂
I don’t do a monthly wrap-up but I do do a state of the TBR, so here’s mine from yesterday https://librofulltime.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/state-of-the-tbr-february-2018/ P.Z.Rezin’z Happiness for Humans was a stand-out for me (I think you’d enjoy it, too) and my husband then read and loved it, too.
That special edition of Murder on the Orient Express made me read it again as well. It is such a gorgeous cover. Belated birthday wishes. I’m a January birthday girl as well.
You had such a good reading month, Hayley! I’m very glad you did, and those are some great books. It sounds as though you had a terrific birthday, and that’s good to hear. I can’t wait to see your book haul. 🙂
I got Emma In the Night from Book of the Month las these and am still waiting to read it and I have been interested to read Anatomy of a Scandal so I am glad to see you liked them both! 😁. PS happy Birthday
I also loved Anatomy of a Scandal…and Out of Orange was also an interesting perspective, as I had first read Orange is the New Black.
I have Three Things About Elsie on my wish list.
Interesting month Hayley. I should do something like this but not disciplined enough!
I loved Anatomy of Scandal and Three Things about Elsie. I really want to read the Marian Keyes and Eva Dolan books.
Happy belated birthday x
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I’m glad you had a good birthday night with your husband. So sweet!