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

 

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24 thoughts on “January Round-Up

  1. 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! 🙂

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  2. 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

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