Goodbye January, Hello February 2016

January 2016

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? I think I blinked and missed January; it seemed to go by so quickly! This month I enjoyed a trip to Birmingham to see the Staffordshire Hoard; even though it was a grey, wet day I was perfectly snug inside with all that glistening Saxon gold. I also celebrated my birthday this month with friends and family at a local restaurant; where we had a Cantonese feast. As for reading, it began a bit slow but I seemed to get my mojo back by the middle of the month:

Fiction: 2     Non-Fiction: 1     Poetry: 0

My reading this month has had a mysterious flavour to it. First I read Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. This 2nd book in Harkness’ All Souls trilogy was a mixture of magic, mystery and romance, which took us and the characters back to Elizabethan England. I hope to read the last book in the trilogy soon. Next I read Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley; who is now one of my favourite comfort authors. I thought it was a fascinating mystery set in the stunning landscape of Pembrokeshire, South Wales which is steeped in history and Arthurian legend. I couldn’t put it down!

Alongside these fictions I also read the candid and inspiring Christian memoir, Out of Darkness by Stormie Omartian. I have enjoyed everything I have read by Omartian and this was no exception – I hope to read more from her this year.

Pick of the Month: Named of the Dragon

I am a little disappointed with 3 books because I feel I’ve read a lot more than I’ve finished! Throughout the month I have continued to read my result from the 11th Classics Club’s Spin; which was David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. I also started reading The Romanovs by Virginia Cowles and I am so close to finishing The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King; my first read for What’s in a Name 2016.

In February I am looking forward to some lighter days, a visit to Hagley Hall, and more time for reading!

What did you do and read in January? Do have any plans for February?

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21 thoughts on “Goodbye January, Hello February 2016

  1. Happy Birthday! 😀 Hope you had a lovely day. I must make a trip down to see the Staffordshire Hoard! Definitely my cup of tea. I still need to read A Discovery of Witches – I bought it but was put off reading it because I accidentally spilled coffee on the cover! Oops!

    1. I did have a lovely day, thank you 😀 Aw sorry to hear about your accident with your copy of A Discovery of Witches – I hope you’re able to still read it or get a new copy. I would also highly recommend a trip to see the Staffordshire Hoard 🙂

  2. Happy belated birthday wishes. Sounds like you had fun. January did race by a little bit didn’t it! It’s nice to slow down a little sometimes and enjoy other things.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Thank you Lynn, I did have a lot of fun 🙂 I am hoping February goes at a slower pace, especially as I have half term break coming up. Hopefully have plenty of relaxing days reading.

  3. Happy birthday! I would love to see the Staffordshire Hoard. I hope you enjoy your reading in February – I’ll look forward to hearing what you thought of David Copperfield and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

    1. Thank you Helen 🙂 You may be waiting a while for my thoughts on David Copperfield but I should finish The Beekeeper’s Apprentice any minute now! I hope you also enjoy your reading in February and perhaps you’ll have a chance to go see the Staffordshire Hoard soon; it is well worth it.

  4. Happy belated birthday, Jessica!
    I have been reading Named of the Dragon since I read your review. I’m liking it so far at 50%. I hope it answers my questions satisfactorily.

  5. Happy belated birthday! I’m very jealous of the Staffordshire Hoard, I need to come back and do another museum tour, it’s been too long 😀

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