Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? It has been a very cold month here in the UK, we’ve even had some snow. January has been brightened by several birthdays; including my own which I celebrated with a wonderful meal at my favourite Mediterranean restaurant. The cold has also promoted my reading as in the evening all I have wanted to do is tuck myself in bed with a good book. Here is what I have managed to finish:
Fiction: 4 Non-Fiction: 2 Poetry: 0
I started the month off with Inferno another great thriller by Dan Brown. I loved re-uniting with Robert Langdon for an adventure following clues through the streets, buildings, and history of Florence, Italy. In parallel to Inferno I was dipping in and out of the classic Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. A slow and comforting read about life, love and death in a rural community in England’s past.
Next for a change of pace I read The Reflections of Queen Snow White an adult re-imagining of the classic fairy tale by David Meredith. A quick and interesting read. I also raced through Mariana another historical suspense by Susanna Kearsley. A wonderful dual time period novel set in the beautiful countryside that I simply didn’t want to put down.
Alongside these fictions I also read two non-fictions. First The Moor by William Atkins. A discussion of the geography, history, inhabitants, ownership and uses for the moors, and the literature and art they have inspired. Then Christian non-fiction Love So Amazing by Pam Rhodes a delightful and interesting reflection on 40 favourite hymns.
Pick of the Month: Inferno and Mariana
And those are just the books I finished. A new aim for 2015 for me is to always have a classic on the go so after finishing Shirley by Charlotte Brontë I moved on to Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald. I think so far it is my favourite by this author. I started reading the modern fiction The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman but half way through I have lost my enthusiasm, hopefully it comes back soon. I have also started a lovely memoir Our Zoo by June Mottershead; the youngest daughter of George Mottershead the founder of Chester Zoo.
What did you read in January?