Books

A Month in Reading – January;

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Hello everyone!

I’m back again with another book post, this time, a round-up of what I read this past month and what I’m looking forward to reading in February.

This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
Goodreads description: Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.
Goodreads rating: 4.42/5
My thoughts: Funny, touching, and a sobering reminder of how precious the NHS and its staff are.
My rating: 4/5

IMG_1358The Vanished Bride – Bella Ellis
Goodreads description: A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters–the Brontë sisters–learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance…As they investigate, the sisters are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril.
Goodreads rating: 3.86/5
My thoughts: A unique take on Bronte sisters’ lives that is refreshing, engaging, and fun. It also solidified my love for Branwell and I can’t wait for another Bronte mystery to be released.
My rating: 4/5

The Beatrice Letters – Lemony Snicket
Goodreads description: Top secret—only for readers deeply interested in the Baudelaire case. How I pity these readers. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket.
Goodreads rating: 3.74/5
My thoughts: Perfect for fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events saga. I’m just disappointed there weren’t any letters to Lemony from [REDACTED.]
My rating: 3/5

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Goodreads description: A dazzling urban satire of modern human relations? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?
Goodreads rating: 3.77/5
My thoughts: Funny, relatable and very effective as a piece of modern epistolary fiction.
My rating: 4/5

Sweetpea – CJ SkuseIMG_1371
Goodreads description:
Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day, her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening, she dutifully listens to her friends’ plans for marriage and babies while secretly making a list. A kill list. From the man at the grocery checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have it coming, Rhiannon is ready to get her revenge.
Goodreads rating: 3.97/5
My thoughts: Sick, twisted, and outrageous. I almost loved it.
My rating: 3/5

The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock – Jane Riley
Goodreads description: Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life—not that she’s aware of it. When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love—and all the mess that comes along with it.
Goodreads rating: 4.05/5
My thoughts: A heartwarming and uplifting story about finding yourself after tragedy, and proving that it’s never too late to be the person you’ve always wanted to be.
My rating: 4/5

IMG_1388The Garden of Lost and Found – Harriet Evans
Goodreads description: Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death. Nightingale House was the Horner family’s beloved home – a gem of design created to inspire happiness – and it was here Ned painted ‘The Garden of Lost and Found’, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them. When Ned and Liddy’s great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the key to Nightingale House, she opens the door onto a forgotten world. The house holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers. For who would choose to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned’s masterpiece – or, in Juliet’s case, her own children’s happiness.
Goodreads rating: 4.03/5
My thoughts: An interesting premise that was, for me, not written well. There was so much going on that I felt some characters fell flat, some parts felt unnecessary, and anything genuinely interesting was glossed over. Too complicated a timeline events that wasn’t handled very well.
My rating: 2/5

The Two Lives of Louis & Louise – Julie Cohen
Goodreads description: Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final ‘e’. They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences. Thirteen years later, they are both coming home.
Goodreads rating: 3.74/5
My thoughts: A fascinating and addictive look at how the sex you’re born as can drastically change your life, your family’s, and the people around you. I enjoyed this critical look at sex and gender and especially liked the exploration that some things in life are the same regardless of your sex or gender.
My rating: 5/5

In Bloom – CJ Skuse
Goodreads description [contains spoilers for Sweetpea]: Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free. Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex-lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws’ garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop. But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?
Goodreads rating: 4.17/5
My thoughts: Just as sick and twisted as Sweetpea, but somehow far more enjoyable. Perhaps it’s because the action seems more focused, or maybe it’s because you know what to expect now after the initial shock of the first book. Either way, I’m looking forward to the 3rd instalment this year.
My rating: 4/5

Everything You Are – Kerry Anne KingIMG_1398
Goodreads description:
One tragic twist of fate destroyed Braden Healey’s hands, his musical career, and his family. Now, unable to play, adrift in an alcoholic daze, and with only fragmented memories of his past, Braden wants desperately to escape the darkness of the last eleven years. When his ex-wife and son are killed in a car accident, Braden returns home, hoping to forge a relationship with his troubled seventeen-year-old daughter, Allie. But how can he hope to rescue her from the curse that seems to shadow his family? Ophelia “Phee” MacPhee, granddaughter of the eccentric old man who sold Braden his cello, believes the curse is real. She swore an oath to her dying grandfather that she would ensure Braden plays the cello as long as he lives. But he can’t play, and as the shadows deepen and Phee finds herself falling for Braden, she’ll do anything to save him.
Goodreads rating: 4.02/5
My thoughts: It didn’t focus on the curse quite in the way I had hoped or imagined, but still a great look at how grief and addiction manifests, and the psychology of people and actions after trauma.
My rating: 3/5

Most looking forward to reads for February:
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee
The Mercies – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
When I Was You – Minka Kent

Was there anything you particularly enjoyed this January, or is there something you’re looking forward to reading this year?

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