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?

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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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