It’s time for the first round-up of the year! And January was a fairly productive month where I managed to read and review seven books, you can click on the titles to read my reviews!
My first read of the month was Us Against You by Fredrik Backman, which follows on from the events of Beartown which I previously enjoyed. And as with Beartown I found this to be an enjoyable and gripping story about the events that shook a small community, which captures the chilling and claustrophobic atmosphere, and how the residents try to move on. Next up I read My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper, a collection of essays from the actress which cover her early life and career progression. This was an uplifting and entertaining read with some amusing stories to discover.
This month I took part in the social media tour for Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton. This was a wonderfully written debut novel which transports the reader to the Spitalfields market in the 18th century, where aspiring silk designer Esther Thorel rescues a woman from a grim future. From here we see how the lives of the two women become intertwined, and the impact they have on each other as a rebellion looms. A fascinating read which introduced me to a part of history I was unfamiliar with.
An author whose work I have been keen to read recently is Sarah Moss and I enjoyed her latest novel, Ghost Wall, this month. This was a haunting story which creates a sense of unease from the offset as we discover the fate of a bog girl who was sacrificed. We see how it affects a teenager in the modern day who is spending a summer in Northumberland with her family, including a father obsessed with the Iron Age. I also finally got round to reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern this month which I have been meaning to pick up for a while. And I found this to be an entertaining read with some fascinating characters with life revolving around a circus which mysteriously appears all over the world without warning.
Next up I read a book which has become one of my favourites of recent years. I loved Normal People which follows the relationship between two people from school through to university, and the way this relationship adapted to their changing environment. This perfectly captured a range of complex human emotions, and it was a book I couldn’t put down. And my final read for this month was Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. It tells the story of a woman searching for her mother from whom she has been apart for many years, following her upbringing on a canal boat, and the river monsters who haunted it. An intriguing read which draws on classic mythology.
Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog in January. I hope you enjoyed my reviews and maybe found something new to add to your own TBR!