Goodbye January, Hello February 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? Sadly I have been poorly for a lot of the month – not the worst cold I have ever had but I just couldn’t seem to shake it off! However it didn’t stop me celebrating a special birthday! With a trip to see my mum and family; meals out with family and friends and a hilarious trip to the theatre to see the pantomime Cinderella. Whilst for the rest of the month, I used my cold as an excellent excuse to stay in and read! Here’s what I’ve read:

Fiction: 2          Non-Fiction: 3

I started the year by finishing my comforting re-read of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, while not my favourite it is still a fitting and bitter-sweet ending to a wonderful trilogy. Then I became completely gripped by the dark historical fiction The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland: the second and best book I have read by this author. My full thoughts on this are still to be posted, so keep your eyes peeled for that next month.

Alongside those fictions, I also read an impressive three non-fictions. First the cookbook, Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver, a collection of great new and traditional recipes for all the family with a super food twist. Next, for my church’s book club, I read the inspiring, heartbreakingly candid memoir Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi. Finally, I finished the month with the super quick The Vietnam War: A Very Brief History by Mark Black.

Pick of the Month: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Altogether that is five books completed in January – looks like I’ve got my reading mojo back! At the end of the month, I also started reading A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King, the second Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery, and the Christian non-fiction The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel, which is the next book for my church’s book club.

In February, I look forward to more quality reading time and hopefully better health too.

What did you do and read in January? What are your plans for February?


16 thoughts on “Goodbye January, Hello February 2018

  1. Hope you feel better! I’d love to do a re-read of His Dark Materials, it’s been too long since I read them! Especially now I have a new Pullman to read/get my hands on.

    1. Thank you Proxy, I am finally feeling better 🙂 I’ve just belatedly popped the bubbly for my birthday, now that I’ll be able to taste it properly 😀 Also I didn’t plan it but my re-read has coincidentally aligned perfectly with the release of Pullman’s new book, which I really hope to get my hands on soon!

  2. Let’s hope for a healthier month for all in February. I so far have escaped the flu but some of my friends have suffered. I posted my January reading list today. On to February.

  3. Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly, but it sounds as though you still managed to have a good month anyway. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on The Plague Charmer, which I enjoyed too. 🙂

  4. Hope you’re feeling better! I’m very impressed with how much you read while sick. I feel like when I’m sick I often just want to sleep and do nothing.

    1. Thank you Geoff! I agree, I would usually just want to sleep and lay about too, but fortunately I didn’t get the blocked nose and heavy head of a really bad cold. Just got stuck with bad cough, catarrh and a constantly runny nose! On the positive though, it meant I was a little more alert. 🙂

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