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!
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Reading 4 books is an achievement, Well Done! They all sound so interesting as well xx
Jamie | http://www.jamies-corner.com
Thank you xx
I actually need to order some new books soon i love the house of the house swap
Definitely going to give ‘The House Swap’ a read! Thanks for the recommendation!
You’re welcome! It’s out in May (: xxx
You’ve got both of my wishlist Quick Reads, both sound amazing, I always LOVE Dorothy Koomson’s novels! Going to check out your Tracy Bloom review as I have that one
Dorothy is just such a wonderful writer isn’t she! xxx
The House Swap sounds wonderful! 🙂
It was bloody brilliant! xx
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!
You’re welcome! If you’re into YA I’d highly recommend xxx
A wonderful list! Swap looks great, I will have to add it to my list. Last year I set myself a very unrealistic reading goal. So this year I’m much more relaxed about it 😊
Haha that’s great to hear! xxx
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
Haha easily done! xxx
Well done on meeting your goal! Always a fab feeling 🙂
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
It’s out in May so not long to wait! xxx
I haven’t read any of these books, and I was looking for some recommendations so I love this post! How To Disappear sounds really good!
Ashley | hiyaitsashley.com
Glad you found some! (: xxx
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
Get started on that to be read list! xxx
Wow 4 books is a lot 👌 I’ll have to check those out 👀😚
Well, I read 6 but aimed for 4 (; xxx
Gonna have a look out for The House Swap as it sounds great. I loved your short reviews and it gives a good insight into the books. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you (: exactly then people can read the longer reviews if they want! xxx
The House Swap sounds amazing, can’t wait to read your review! x
Niamh | http://thetwopigs.com
Thank you! I can’t wait to share it xxx
I’m a massive Dorothy Koomson fan and haven’t seen this quick read will be sure to pick it up. Thanks for sharing 😃
Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com
Woo! She’s wonderful isn’t she xxx
Love this! I’ve just finished my last book, so I’m going to order a couple of these. Thank you xx
Oh yay! Glad to hear it (: xxx
I’ve just read one book this month and here you are reading like a queen! I do want to check out the thriller and read more short stories too! Will check out your review for Six Foot Six!
Haha oh don’t! We all read at our own pace. I know people who have read 20 books this month! xxx
And here I am trying to read one book a month! I honestly applaud you and these books sound great, I now have a few more to add to my list to read!
Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk
It doesn’t matter, we all go at our own pace! You’re too busy travelling and eating all that yummy food you blog about! xxx
I havent heard of any of these let alone read one. I have been hooked on Brandon Sanderson books in January! xx corinne
I’d highly recommend them all xx
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.
Thank you! It’s so cute isn’t it xxx
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!
3 books is a great goal if you’re trying to get back into reading (: xx
I guess so! xx
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 😀😀
Haha wow sounds like it made quite an impression on you xx
It sure did!
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 🙂
You’re absolutely right! I guess I’m too ambitious haha! xxx
I haven’t read any of these books yet but I really want to read How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat. I will check out your review of the book!
It’s a fab book! xxx
Congrats on achieving your goal! I hope you get to read some more books this year that you enjoy!
I’m certain I will! (: xx
oo ill be on the look out for the house swap!
Definite must read for 2018! xxx
The House Swap sounds like my type of book 💕 Ive set myself a goal on goodreads of 50 books this year (I d. I’m 5 in, really got back into reading since New Year. X
Emma x http://www.bookinggoodread.com/?m=1
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
Good habit babe. Keep it up! 🙂 Hope i can try to read as many books this year too!
Thank you xxx
That mug and your fairy lights are SO cute!! Xx
Awh thank you (: xxx
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!
It’s a brilliant book xxx
This is great, I really need new books to read! Thanks for sharing them x
You’re welcome (: xx
I’ve got Dorothy Koomson’s QuickReads book on pre-order. Very excited to read it! Congrats on reading so much in January!
Oooh yay! I really enjoyed this one – I have a full review coming in Feb. Hope you enjoy it too! xxx
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.
Haha ah well, you’re totally right, don’t give up just yet, it’s a long old year to go. How to Disappear was really good, I hope you enjoy! xxx
The house swap sounds like my kind of book to be honest, your book reviews are killing my bank balance!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
Sorry Amie! A full review for The House Swap will be up nearer pub day in May… bit of a wait but it’s worth it! xxx
Some of these books sound so wonderful babe, I’ll have to check them all out. Thank you for sharing 🌸💜✨
With love, Alisha Valerie. x
http://www.alishavalerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/alishavalerie
Thanks Alisha xxx
I haven’t read any but do like the titles of a few so I’ll be checking them out. Glad you had a good reading month.
Thank you (: I’m glad too xxx