What I read in January

At the beginning of January, I set myself a goal to read 4 books this month. I know, not a lot compared to all y’all hard-core readers out there but I vowed I wouldn’t set myself any unrealistic and unreachable goals this year. So far, I haven’t. I completed my 4 books goal – actually exceeded it! I have reviewed all of them in full but I wanted to do a little round-up today so I can keep track and look back and be like yassssss, slayed it. You know what I mean. I’m also thrilled to look at this post and see lots of different types of books and genres. I’ve certainly not just stuck to my favourite genres this month and by doing so, have found some really wonderful books. So anyway, on with the post!

How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat

I really enjoyed How to Disappear and I’ve seen a lot about this one on social media. I love a YA, especially a YA about Mental Health, coming of age, growing up – that sort of thing. You can find my full review of this one here! It gave me a lot to think about and made me question by own “online portrayal” of myself.

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The House Swap was an absolute banger. It’s going to be a Thriller to look out for this year, if you like that genre! It kept me completely hooked, it was so easy to read and I couldn’t put it down. The perfect way to start the new year and oh, it’s the authors debut! So I’m super excited to see what else the author has up her sleeve. Review for this one coming closer to publication day in May.

Life to the Limit – my autobiography by Jenson Button

If you know me, you know I love Formula 1. I’ve read and reviewed Mark Webber’s autobiography and also Damon Hill’s. This year, it was Jenson Button’s turn, after receiving a copy of his new autobiography Life to the Limit for Christmas. If you like F1 and liked Jenson when he was racing, this is an absolute must-read for you! You can read my full review here.

The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom

I kinda read this one on a whim – it wasn’t on my TBR but I saw it had been put on NetGalley and liked the sound of it so I requested. It’s my first Tracy Bloom but certainly won’t be my last. Right from the get-go I knew I was going to love this book but I also knew it would be one of those books that really make you think, get in your head and make you question your own life. It certainly did that. You can find my full review here.

Six Foot Six by Kit De Waal

I always feel like I’m cheating when I read short stories or novellas, especially if I have a monthly reading goal but at the end of the day, they’re books. Just short ones. And if they make an impact then they certainly count and this one really did. A really sweet read which worked perfectly as a short story! Review for this one coming 1st February!

The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson

I love a Dorothy Koomson novel – she’s been a firm favourite writer of mine for a good few years and when I saw she had a book in the Quick Reads collection this year, I had to pick that one to review. I haven’t really started this one yet (I’m about 7 pages in so can’t give an opinion) but this will probably be my last full read of this month. So anything I start after this will be included in next months ‘what I read’. I’ll also have a review for Dorothy’s book in February too!

So here we are! My January book round up. I hope you enjoyed this post and got yourself a few little recommendations. If you have any bookish themed posts / round-ups / January book hauls, please link them below as I’d love to see! Have you read any of these I’ve mentioned here?

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76 thoughts on “What I read in January

  1. I have just added ‘How to Disappear’ to my TBR list! I wanted to read four books this month, too, but I have totally failed that.. I still gave eleven months to catch up though, ahaha.

  2. I’ve heard so many good things about how to disappear. I can’t wait to find some time to read more. Hopefully my life will calm down soon so I can do some more!

    • Oooh 50, that’s a big target! I set myself 30 last year and didn’t manage it but I’ve also really wanted to up my reading so I set it at 35 this year (after my boyfriend encouraged me too) and I’m doing well so far. Sounds like you’re right on track too!! xxx

  3. Four books in a month is an absolutely amazing achievement, especially the ability to read them on top of other commitments! And reading short stories/anthologies definitely isn’t cheating – they still contain important messages and count as important reading, regardless of their length 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness! I’m seriously impressed … I’ve read one book and one book only! It’s called The Sober Diaries and I simply couldn’t put it down and since then, I’ve now ditched the alcohol …. crikey! Some books just change your life, right? Happy reading 😀😀

  5. Ohh these all sound great! Thanks for sharing these. I set myself a goal of 3 books this month (not a lot I know) but I’m trying to get back into reading!

  6. I love love LOVE that mug you have in your photo! Also, that’s quite a bit of books to have read in a month – I can’t remember the last time I read more than two in a month, haha.

  7. I havent heard of any of these let alone read one. I have been hooked on Brandon Sanderson books in January! xx corinne

  8. I’d love to read more, I have some books already waiting on my pile! These look like great reads, I need to add them to my wish list.

    Amy | hookedonthemusic.com

  9. Wow this is great I am always looking for great books that arent super challenging reada. The house swap sounds right up my street going to get that one first! Great post xx

  10. I haven’t read any of these and I’m not typically a fan of YA as a genre but for some reason How to Disappear is really jumping out at me here. I might have to add this to my ‘to read’ list for this year (which seems to grow without being reduced so far this year) x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  11. I haven’t read any of these but I confess I love YA so I will have to check out How to Disappear! And look out for the other reviews to come 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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