I know we are not where we wanted to be at the beginning of 2021, but I believe my love of reading contributed to the little bit of sanity and hope I managed to hold onto in 2020.
So I have decided to be kind to myself this year and not place too much pressure on myself to meet set reading targets or publish a certain number of reviews.
As much as I can, I’m going to make 2021 about reading for the simple joy of it. I won’t stop doing blog tours, because I love how they challenge me and at least keep me focused reading when life is stressful and I am so distracted. But I will be doing less and reading more of the books on my to be read pile and gaining some more balance back in my reading world.
So here we are in 2021 and what follows is the books that I read in January.
The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare
This remarkable and thought provoking novel deals with difficult subjects such as child marriage and slavery and yet it is told with hope and positivity. What a wonderful start to my reading year, by reading this outstanding debut novel.
The next book read was Advent by Jane Fraser, a wonderful tale of family and yearning for change.
Following this I finished my first non fiction book of 2021, Cerebral Palsy A Story by Ilana Estelle. Not the book I expected when I started to read it, but a touching account of how to find peace from the past, through acceptance and self awareness.
Then came a novel from one of my favourite thriller writers, A B Morgan’s gripping Over Her Dead Body.
Then from another much loved author I read Graham Norton, A Keeper is both an emotional read, full of tension and characters that will stay with me for a long time. As a writer he is going from strength to strength!
Then came a book with a heroine who is both feisty, vulnerable and resourceful. What a combination, I loved her and the story! Who Is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht.
Next Came Space Hopper by Helen Fisher. loved the concept, I’m just not sure the writing style worked for me! But even with this, it is a great read!
I loved the Crow Folk by Mark Strong. Historical story telling with elements of fantasy and whitchraft, perfect reading.
I have mixed feelings about my last read of January The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. Stunning writing and narrative, just not the right time for me to be reading it I think. Futuristic, I need novels at the moment, based in less affecting times.
Well that is my January reading selection. Been bit of a mixed back, but still I have enjoyed all of them in some way. Many I have absolutely adored.
I am looking forward to reading my way through February 2021.