Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Goodreads: My January Reads

What I read in January 2017
I’m a TAD belated in uploading this one but better late than never, hey!? Of course, I pledged myself into the Goodreads reading challenge and this year I’ve challenged myself to read 50 books. It’s the same amount that I pledged to last year, but I do think I’m being slightly optimistic this year. I won’t have half as much free time as I did last year, so we’ll have to see how it goes. I will say, however, that I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start, having devoured six whole books in the month of January.

The first book that I read was one that I read as part of a book tour hosted by Little, Brown Book Group: The Dry by Jane Harper. You can read my full review of the book here if you so wish. I particularly enjoyed this one and devoured it quite quickly. We all know I love a good thriller, so if crime fiction or psychological thrillers are your cup of tea then I fully recommend that you give this one a go.

I treated myself to a beautiful copy of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut over the Christmas break and I finally got around to finishing reading it in January. I’d been meaning to read Vonnegut for a while so it was good to finally be able to say that I’ve managed it. I’ll be moving onto Cat’s Cradle next as I enjoyed the intricacies of Vonnegut’s prose very much.

My cousin treated me to a few books for Christmas, one of these being the YA contribution Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. If you saw my post-Christmas book wishlist then you’ll be fully aware that I was planning on reading another book by Niven so it was actually quite nice to receive this one and get a taste of her writing style. I absolutely LOVED Holding Up the Universe. It was everything I love about YA fiction all wrapped up in one novel and just what I needed after an incredibly stressful Christmas period.

Penguin Random House provided me with a copy of my next January read: Girl Unknown by Karen Perry. Again, this was a book that was right up my street and it didn’t take me long to read the entire thing. This book surprised me in that its ending completely threw me: I had absolutely no chance of guessing it, and trust me: I tried. Of all the books I read in January, this is probably the one that I’d recommend first and I rewarded it with a very positive 5* review.

I happened to take part in quite a few book tours over January: I was lucky enough to have been invited to take part in the Burned and Broken tour, a crime fiction novel by Mark Hardie. Again, I really enjoyed this book (it’s becoming a bit of a recurring theme this month: I honestly haven’t read a bad one!). This one was full of intrigue and questions and fulfilled the crime fiend within me. You can read my full review of this one here, if it so compels you.

My final book of the month was one I read based on a recommendation from one of my work colleagues: The Trap by Melanie Raabe. She’d picked up the book herself as a gift for her sister-in-law and after reading the blurb, I knew I had to read it too. Translated from the German, this one was a short one and I sped through it, disappointed to come to the end but pleased to have had the pleasure of such a vivid and exciting tale. I definitely recommend this one to absolutely anyone: it’s been nominated for a number of different awards, I believe, and it is most definitely deserving of these nominations.

What did you read in the month of January? Let me know in the comments: I’m always on the lookout for more books to add to my ever-growing to-read list.


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