Friday 3 February 2017

What I Read In January

Here we are in February, where did last month just go? I thought I'd try something new this year and share with you what I've been reading each month. I definitely slowed down my reading this year, more like one or two books a week rather than one or two a day. So for the month of January I read a grand total of six books,  my slowing down hasn't stopped me from adding more books to my TBR list though. 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I waited a while to read this one but as soon as it came on offer for kindle I snapped it up, this is a book that really lived up to its hype, powerful and thought provoking!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 


My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I just adore this ladies writing style, an easy read that is very cleverly put together, a coming of age story with a difference.

Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.

Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.

He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.

But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.

Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice. 

This was my choice for book of the month, one of my favourite authors!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I heard so many good things about both this book and the author and it certainly didn't disappoint, a book within a book and a coming of age story that has all the feels!

I Was Here by Gayle Foreman

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I mentioned this book in my latest Little Loves post, it is a really emotional read filled with friendship, love and loss. This author is one I would also highly recommend having read other books of theirs too.

After You by JoJo Moyes


How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

I'll admit I didn't enjoy this as much as Me Before You but it was a sweet tale and if you've read the first then I think you need to read this one too.

Books I've added to my TBR list lately are Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan, The Death House and 13 Minutes both by Sarah Pinborough and Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully.

What have you been reading lately and what's next on your TBR list?


  1. I loved me before you, watched the movie on a flight and was a blubbering mess, i don't tend to read much these days and books in Dubai are so expensive, i tend to read what our visitors leave behind

    1. good way of reading different things there though rather than just what you would normally choose

  2. So many books! I wish I had the time to read this much. I loved Me before You and I wasn't overly impressed by After You either xx #pocolo

  3. I like the sound of everything everything. My kind of book. I'm so slack with reading lately I should just got for it and read one instead of saying I will #PoCoLo

  4. So many great reads here. I used to read a few books a week but can never seem to find the time anymore and I'm lucky if I manage one a month. I really want to improve on that this year.

  5. Great reviews hun. I loved me before you and have wondered about whether to read after you but I will now. Thank you 🌸 #POCOLO

  6. There are some interesting reads here. I've been reading mainly children's books but one on blogging has recently arrived. #PoCoLo

  7. Haven't read any of these. Sounds a good selection. And 6 in a month is good going

  8. I loved Fangirl and reading you review has prompted me to request a few more of Rainbow Rowell's books from the library! Thank you! #readwithme

  9. I really must read the Jo Jo Moyles book. Fangirl has been on my to read list for ages. I'm reading The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge at the moment, I'm really enjoying it :)


  10. I read Thirteen Reasons Why last year and really enjoyed. I like the sound of Everything, Everything.

  11. you have read a good number this past month, especially with all you have going on too! #readwithme

  12. Wow, you have read some great books. What a way to start the year! I love Gayle Forman's books but I've not got round to I was Here yet.

  13. I'm still envious of your reading rate even at your much slower pace ;) Thanks for sharing these recommendations, I love the sound of Everything Everything and I Was Here. #readwithme

  14. You are an inspiration and you have really helped me put reading up my priority list even though I have a long way to go in reaching your standards but I have made a start

  15. Wow, I'm impressed at how much you read! Even pre-kids I could only manage a book a month. I'm trying to read more 'grown-up' books now so recommendations will be great. I've heard good things about Rainbow Rowell!

  16. I love a good book, and sounds like you've got few good ones on this list that appeal to me. The kindle one especially, although it is nice to read a proper book too. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo and happy reading :)

  17. Everything everything sounds like a good book. I read After You recently too and loved it, I was sad to leave the characters behind.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo
    (Sorry for the epically late comment!)


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