January Round-Up – The Books I Read In January 2018

jan18This month I managed to read and review six books, which isn’t as many as I usually read in a month but it’s been a difficult month for me including illness so I haven’t been feeling my best! Here is a reminder of what I blogged about this month with links to each in case you missed any!

The first two books I read this month were two of my most anticipated reads of 2018 having loved both authors’ debut novels. The first was Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon which I thought was a wonderfully written novel about an elderly lady and her determination to find out about the latest arrival at her care home. Then there was Turning For Home by Barney Norris which I reviewed as part of the blog tour. This was a moving and compelling story following two family members who are not looking forward to an annual party, due to the difficult circumstances that have taken place over the year.

Next up I read a book that I had received for Christmas, All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. This was an unusual little book and one that follows people who take a pilgrimage in search of a miracle- coming into contact with the remarkable family who can perform miracles, and the owls that are drawn to bear witness. This didn’t grab my attention as much as I had hoped, but it was an interesting concept and well written. I was also lucky enough to receive a finished copy of Spare And Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin for review this month. I loved this book which follows a young girl with a mechanical heart, a survivor of an event that has left the world in fear of technology. I found her character relatable, as a girl who is something of an outsider, living in the shadow of her father’s achievements. And it was great to follow her journey to create something incredible.

This month I also read the book that was included in December’s Wildest Dreams Book Box. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed is an important book which explores a range of issues concerning rape culture, consent and sexuality. It follows three high school girls as they try to change the story surrounding a girl who was forced out of town following a sexual assault. Setting up ‘The Nowhere Girls’ they try to bring the school together and to stand up for each other, which made for an empowering story. And finally, ahead of the publication of her new novel later this year, I read Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson. This is the fourth in the Jackson Brodie detective series, in which we see how Brodie becomes involved when a former police officer makes a surprising acquisition in a shopping centre. This was a complex but enjoyable read, and I am looking forward to reading more Kate Atkinson this year!

Also this month I unboxed my regular Fairy Loot book subscription box, the theme of which was ‘Talk Faerie To Me’ and you can check out the contents here!

As always I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog this month. I have found it more difficult recently to visit other blogs and to share regularly, so I really appreciate your support. I will be back next month with more reviews and subscription box unboxings!

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