Monday, 6 February 2017

What I Read In January



One of my goals for this year was to read more. I love reading but I can go months on end without ever actually picking a book up because I'm too 'busy' (ie. wasting my life on social media!) I started off the year really well and read 3 books in the first week of January. Then I got a bit slack and only managed another 2 for the rest of the month. Still - if I can get through 5 a month - I'll be happy with that! Here's what I read in January - maybe you'll find yourself some books to add to your 'to read' list...

I'd seen loads of people raving over this book before I got it for Christmas so I was really looking forward to reading it. I actually ended up reading this in a day so that probably tells you all you need to know. It's an extremely honest, raw read about the author's battle with anxiety and depression where he openly discusses the incredibly low points of his illness as well as the little things that help him get by. A must read for anyone that's suffered with anxiety or depression, knows someone that has, or just simply wants to get an insight into how it can affect your life.

Another hyped up book last year was The Little Book of Hygge - I'd seen the 'hygge' concept pretty much everywhere for the latter part of 2016 so I basically just wanted to understand what it was all about (and how you bloody pronounce it - hoo-gah if you're interested). Hygge is a Danish concept which is all about feeling happy and content from the little things in life; sitting in front of the fire with a hot chocolate, being cosy in bed when there's storm brewing outside - that kinda thing. I absolutely loved this book and, in this case, you definitely can judge a book by it's cover because as well as having a pretty, Instagrammable front page - it's actually a really interesting read! The Little Book of Hygge touches upon everything to do with Hygge, Danish living in general, how Hygge has been interpreted around the world as well as random other facts, recipes and pictures. You could read it all in one go (like I did) or just pick it up and have a flick through whenever you feel like it as it's not really in any chronological order.

This was my first fictional read of the year and boy was it a good'un! I actually first saw this book on Rhianna's instagram and knew it sounded right up my street so popped it on my Christmas list. I read this in 2 days - I was absolutely hooked! I passed it onto my Mum and she flew through it too. First of all, if you're a complete non-believer of reincarnation and the idea of people experiencing a past life, then you'll need to suspend all kind of disbelief in order to enjoy this book as that's exactly what it's all about; a 4 year old boy who recalls things from a previous life. Or that's what his Mum is considering as there seems to be no other explanation for why her little boy would act like he does and know some of the things he does at such a young age. I'm kind of open to the idea of reincarnation, after life etc so I really enjoyed this book! It's an interesting concept and I feel like the book could have ended up been really cheesy and unbelievable - but it wasn't at all. 

I don't normally read celeb autobiographies as I find them a bit... meh. But Sue Perkins' memoir promised to be funny and relatable (like her) so I thought I'd give it a go! As far as celebrity autobiographies go, I did enjoy this - it's full of humour and wit and some of the things Sue talks about will make you laugh out loud! But when it comes to reading, I often feel like if I'm not hooked, I don't want to carry on. Which is a bit how I felt with this. This isn't to say you shouldn't read Spectacles though as I do think it's a really funny easy read but, because I have a huge pile of thrillers waiting to be read, I was kind of waiting for it to end so I could get onto my next read!

Thrillers are my favourite kind of book so the synopsis of Saving Sophie sounded absolutely perfect for me. The novel is about a teenage girl, Sophie, who comes home from a night out with her friends and can't remember a thing - even the fact she was actually brought home by the police. When one of her friends is found dead, she is forced to try and remember more about that fateful night. I won't say much more as I don't want to ruin anything but I will say that this is such a gripping read and I struggled to put it down! Would definitely recommend if you're looking for a well written thriller that's a real page-turner.

What did you read in January? Have you got any reading challenges for the year?

Beth x

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