My Bookish Month of January 2024

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

If January is any indication of the rest of 2024, it’ll be December before I know it: I blinked and it was over! It was a month of socialising and unfortunately, not so great health. I had quite a bit of brainfog, bouts of insomnia, and for the last week or so, hubby and I have been feeling under the weather and we’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Work has been very busy cos clearly everyone and their grandma is also sick and tired and they all need a ton of things from us and more importantly, they need it NOW. Sigh.

Thanks to those who welcomed our cockerel last month! In case you’re wondering, he’s still here and he’s happy as a clam, as are his ladies, I’ve been gifting everyone eggs cos we can’t keep up since Dieudonné showed up 😂

Despite the general busyness of the month, and my rather crappy health, my bookish month was a bumper one! I didn’t have to work on the first few days of the year, that definitely helped. I also had another month of Kindle Unlimited for free, and I kept coming across books I wanted to squeeze in, so I had to pick up the pace! There were a few duds, but I enjoyed the majority of what I read, and the numbers are looking fab as well.

Honourable mentions to Best of Luck, Killer Bodies, The Descent, Lie or Die but these were my favourite reads of the month (yes, two – maybe three – incredibly hyped books that I do think are worth the hype!):

In figures January looks like this:

January
Novels: 7213 pages across 21 books and 6 short stories / novellas
Audiobooks: 54 hours across 7 books and one novella

And here’s what I did in January and some of what I’ll be posting in February:

What I read:

Best of Luck, Jason Mott
We All Keep Secrets, Sheryl Browne
It Waits in the Woods, Josh Malerman
Iron Flame, Rebecca Yarros
Slot Machine Fever Dreams, Chris Bohjalian
What We Did In the Storm, Tina Baker (review to follow)
The Housemaid, Freida McFadden
Killer Bodies, Heleen Kist
The Haunting Scent of Poppies, Victoria Williamson
The Villa, Ruth Kelly
The Descent, Paul E. Hardisty (review to follow)
The Collapsing Wave, Doug Johnstone
The Cull, Joanne Roach
Gatos, Claudio Hernandez
Deliciously Ella Healthy Made Simple
Just a Girl, Alyssa Cole
The Housemaid’s Secret, Freida McFadden
The Cat Who Taught Zen, James Norbury
Alter Ego, Brian Freeman
Back of Beyond, C.J. Box
Death Flight, Sarah Sultoon (review to follow)
The Heart of a Mother, Julie Clark
Open Season, C.J. Box
Lie or Die, A.J. Clack (review to follow)
The Rise: A Short Story, Ian Rankin
The Night House, Jo Nesbø
First Lie Wins, Ashley Elston

What I listened to:

Dead of Winter, Darcy Coates
Black Vault, Alma Katsu
The Hanging City, Charlie N. Holmberg
The Wolf Road, Beth Lewis
The Rule of Three, Sam Ripley
All That Remains: A Life In Death, Sue Black
Voices in the Snow, Darcy Coates
Perfect, L.A. Kessler

What I read earlier but reviewed in January:

Helle and Death, Oskar Jensen
Directions for Dark Things, Stephanie Sowden
Nightwatching, Tracy Sierra

I also had a look at my favourite books of 2023 in My Best of 2023 post and my bookish year in stats.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in January:

A hardback from the author of Big Panda and Tiny Dragon but with CATS! No way I was walking away from that one 😂 (Mel loved it, too!) The conclusion to a really good fantasy trilogy (so far, as I haven’t actually read Beasts of War yet) and a cookery book (so far I’ve tried two recipes and they were both yummy! Although one was not quite as simple as the title would have you believe.)

Three 99p deals, a blog tour eARC (with thanks to Orenda Books and Random Things Tours) and 6 NetGalley eARCS (including 2 widgets and one Listen Now audiobook):

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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