January Round-Up

I’m sure this will be a recurring theme in my round up posts this year but where has the month gone? January seems to have flown by! For the most part, it’s been in a good way – though I have been fighting a stinking cold this last week – and (unlike December, which was a wash out) I actually got some blogging done. It’s been a bit sporadic but I’m ok with that. Here’s a round up of what I read and managed to get reviewed….

Loved

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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh, which has a twist I didn’t see coming and changed the book for me completely half way through. Suddenly I was seeing everything I had read with different eyes. That’s hard to do, especially for a debut author, leaving me loving the book.

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang, the first book in a long time I can honestly say I’ve devoured. I finished it in a day and story, set in modern day Korea, has stuck with me. It is a dark, at times disturbing book, that gives a glimpse into a highly structured world where it seems like it would be hard to be a woman.

Liked a lot

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell, a book I read in my late teens and found still had the same impact today. Written a 100 years ago it takes on the plight of the working man and makes an impassioned argument for socialism.

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Cut The Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough by Ella Leche, which is full of great recipes that are ideal for veggies like me and helped me eat a little healthier without beating me over the head about how bad my diet probably is. Gorgeous foodie photos too.

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Cripple Creek by James Sallis, my first book of the year and a good one. The second in a trilogy featuring Turner, a former cop turned prisoner turned psychiatrist turned deputy sheriff, whose life can be as complicated as his CV.  I love James Sallis’ books with their pared back noir style.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, which I actually read in December but didn’t get round to reviewing till January.  I stepped out of my comfort zone here for this piece of young adult fiction, which was more complex than I expected and funnier.

Liked 

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The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, a good – if not great – debut. The story was a good one but the characters needed to be a little more developed for me, including the central character, Ani, who I struggled to not really dislike.

Not for me

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Eat, Nourish, Glow by Amelia Freer, a book which had been recommended to me but I couldn’t get to grips with.  By the time I had finished, I didn’t feel like I was any healthier, just that I’d been beaten over the head with all the things I do wrong food-wise.

And that’s, as they say, all folks.  It’s been a pretty good month for reading, I must say.  What about you – what did you read…and what should I be reading in February?

Emma x

 

24 comments
  1. Great month! I like the way you give us a little snippet about each book. Enjoy the new month!

    1. It was – I feel lucky to have read so many good books. Thanks for visiting!

  2. I have I Let You Go in my wish list and sounds like I need to upgrade it to higher up the list! Nice to get a good recipe book, that cuts sugar down somewhat.

  3. Haven’t read any of those yet, but a couple are on my list for this year. Enjoyed reading your comments about each one.

  4. I absolutely LOVED I Let You Go what a fabulous twist! This is a great round up post 🙂

  5. You had a good reading month though. Happy February!

  6. I really like the way you’ve organised the books in this review🙂

  7. I’ve got the Patrick Ness book waiting to be read on my book case. I loved A Monster Calls so can’t wait to read it.

    1. It was my first book by him. I will be reading more!

  8. Love love loved I Let You Go as well, and HATED Ani also! What good taste you have! 🙂

    1. What do they say about great minds…😀

  9. Wow! Looks like you had a great reading month!

  10. I just requested The Vegetarian at Blogging For Books, can’t wait!

    1. I hope you love it too. Enjoy!

  11. I thought I Let You Go was an absolutely stunning debut too – so clever! I do hope February’s reading is just as successful.

    1. It was one of the best I’ve read in a while. Two books into Feb and I’ve had a hit and a miss so even Stevens so far.

  12. January did blow by, yikes! Can’t believe it. Usually January seems to drag though (a least for me) so I didn’t really mind. I love books that have a great twist, those are the best! 🙂

    1. Didn’t it just…now February seems to be flying by too…must be that I’m getting older…they say that’s what happens right?

  13. I love Ness and I am curious about his YA. I added The Vegetarian by Han Kang to my wishlist!

    1. I have read so few young adults but I have to say is felt different…smarter? (Probably the wrong description). Hope you enjoy The Vegetarian x

  14. I’ve got to get I Let You Go! Wonder how I missed The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Have a great February.

    1. I haven’t read a bad word about I Let You Go yet…hope you enjoy x

  15. I’m happy to read that you loved The Vegetarian – I just started it and love the narrator and his twisted view of his wife and her actions LOL

    1. I just couldn’t put it down. I so was rooting for the wife!

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