Posted on January 31, 2017

What I’ve Been Reading {Jan 2017}


One great thing about being poorly for most of January has meant that I have had lots of time for reading. In 2015 and 2016 I set myself reading challenges but never actually completed them. I think in 2016 I read just 8 books, so this year I’m not putting that much pressure on myself I am just reading when I feel like it and I am loving it so far. I did say that I wasn’t going to buy any new books until I’ve read the 50 or so that I have on my book shelf but I have already failed that and have bought 3 already!! I am going to try to abstain from buying any more now!

My first book of the year finished and I loved it!! Couldn’t put it down. Last year I wrote a list of all the books that I owned and haven’t read and promised myself I’d read them all by the end of 2016. I read 8 of 45! This year I’m not putting too much pressure on myself but thought I’d start sharing what I am reading. I love to read but I’m all or nothing. I can go months without reading a book and then read 5 a week!! I’m really going to try and get some balance and try and read one a week. What are you reading? #TMLreads2017 #GirlontheTrain

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I’d heard so many people saying how great The Girl on the Train was so I just had to read it. It is a real page turner, I could not put it down and read it within a day.

Time to curl up with my second book of the year. Half way through and loving it so far. I’m very intrigued and am reading with a kind of dread. Have you read this? What did you think? #TMLreads2017

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I hadn’t read any reviews about The Girl in the Red Coat I just liked the look of it when I bought it last year. I really enjoyed this book but I found myself desperate to get to the end because I always find it hard to read about children and any harm that could come to them so I wasn’t very on comfortable with the situation where Karmel had been taken and was with unfamiliar people. I also found myself desperately sad reading from her mums perspective because there’s nothing more scary to me than losing one of my children. It’s definitely worth a read!

It took me a while to get into The State We’re In, I kept having to re-read pages to understand who people were and what relationship they were to the person I was reading about. It was a good read though and had a totally unexpected ending!!

The Nightingale was recommended to me by a friend who said it was “The best book she had ever read” so how could I not go straight out and buy it? It’s a story about two sisters during the German occupation of France in World War 2. Be prepared to sob! I did a lot!

I only read one book of Jodi Picoult’s before ‘The Tenth Circle’ and I hated it so it put me off reading anymore of hers. I’ve had this on my book shelf for years so I thought I’d give her another chance. I’m so pleased I did as it is a fantastic book about a boy who walks into his school and shoots 10 people and injures 19 others. It really makes you think!! #tmlreads2017 #ilovebooks #booklover #bookworm #bookstagram #reading

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I read The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult a good while ago and I hated it so it really put me off reading anymore of hers. I had Nineteen Minutes on my book shelf so I thought I’d give her another chance and I am so pleased that I did! It’s about a boy who walks into his school and kills 10 people and injures 19 others. It is a brilliant book and it really makes you think.

Hell yes! I think I’m starting to feel better. I think I’ll indulge in an afternoon bubble bath with my 6th book of the year. Anyone read this?? #tmlreads2017 #ilovebooks #booklover #bookworm #bookstagram #reading

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The Outcast made me feel so sad. A young boy called Lewis watches his mother drown and the book is about his life afterwards. I spent the whole book just wanting to hug the poor thing.

So there you have it, six great books. I’d read them all again! I think my favourite of the six would be Nineteen Minutes surprisingly. I have another of hers on my book shelf so I’ll be reading that in February.

What have you been reading this month?

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  • Reply Acorn Books February 5, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I really want to read Girl on the Train and the others sound like great reads too. I hope you’re feeling better now but still finding time to read! #readwithme

  • Reply Catherine @ Story Snug February 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I loved The Girl on the Train too!

    I hope you’re feeling better now.


  • Reply Kara February 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I really want to read the girl on the train……still on Harry Potter and the cursed child at the moment

  • Reply Steph January 31, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Wow! That is a lot of books! I’ve just finished Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby – absolutely hilarious! Just started PS I love you Byblos Cecelia Ahern. I don’t have a lot of spare time to read but have a little pile of books on my bedside to make my way through! X

  • Reply Sarah MumofThree World January 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Wow! That’s a lot of reading in one month. I’ve read and enjoyed nearly all of these – and I reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat on my blog about a year ago! I used to read all of Jodi Picoult’s books and I definitely read Nineteen Minutes. In the end I got a bit fed up with them all being so similar, but I’ve heard really good things about her latest one, so I will definitely be reading that one later this year.

  • Reply Shell Louise January 31, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I wasn’t that impressed with The Girl On The Train. I found the first half really slow and I was disappointed with the ending.
    I’m going to keep a lookout for Nineteen minutes, thanks for the recommendation.
    I’m on my 6th book for January. I’ve got about a quarter to go so I won’t get it finished today but I’m glad I’ve managed more than the book a week that I set myself for this year’s Goodreads reading challenge 🙂

  • Reply BySarahMostly January 31, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Ooh I loved The Girl on the Train too I couldn’t put it down! The rest I haven’t read though so I’m taking notes!

  • Reply chantelle hazelden January 31, 2017 at 11:30 am

    A great diverse selection there, I loved Girl On The Train but I’ve not read any of the others, although I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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