What I Read In January 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well. While most people I know have been complaining about how looong January has been, it has flown by for me! It has been a blur of work; my birthday and all the treats and trips that came with it; lots of things going at/for my church; and sadly, at the end of the month, I suffered with bad sinusitis. Phew! With all that going on, here’s what I managed to read over the month:

Progressive Dinner Deadly by Elizabeth Spann Craig (2011) **
First, I finished reading this cosy, crime-fiction, which turned out to be the second book in Craig’s long-running Clover Myrtle series – I didn’t realise this when I started reading it, oops! Oh well it turned out to be a good, standalone mystery, with an amusing, cantankerous, retired amateur-sleuth, with a comforting small, Southern (USA) town setting. This was the cosy crime I was hoping Agatha Raisin: Hell’s Bells was going to be, so it worked out in the end for me.

Quick Cooking by Mary Berry (2019) ***
Then I whipped through my new cookbook, which my stepdad won for me through the Postcode Lottery. I enjoyed the accompanying TV show on the BBC and then my mum highly recommended the cookbook, as she already got herself a copy last year. This had a great collection of quick and easy-to-cook recipes of hearty and comforting dishes from everyday meals, family get-togethers and dinner party fare. I am particularly looking forward to trying the soup, pasta and traybake recipes.

Cold Fire by Dean Koontz (1991) **
Finally, I finished this science-fiction, thriller from the best-selling author, Dean Koontz. This is his 1991 novel that follows teacher, Jim Ironheart, an ordinary man who has saved twelve lives in three months, which peeks the interest of reporter, Holly Thorne. A dark and extremely gripping read. So much so, I found myself torn between wanting to keep reading on to know what happens next and being a little frightened to read it once it got dark!


Altogether that is three books finished in January, which is the exact same amount I finished in busy December. Here’s hoping February will be quieter for me, so I can fit more reading in! My pick of month has to go to Quick Cooking by Mary Berry.

During the month I also continued reading Christian non-fiction, No God But One by Nabeel Qureshi. I also started reading the historical, murder-mystery, The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle and re-reading the classic Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Plus I have loads of reviews to catch-up with, so keep your eyes peeled for them all!

Now over to you: Have you read any of these books? What did you read in January?

11 thoughts on “What I Read In January 2020

  1. Happy Birthday month! For a long month, I felt January went by quickly too. Hopefully colds and flu are behind us now.

    1. Thank you, Judy 😊 I also hope we will leave the colds and flu behind soon, but really we should have already left them behind. I blame this wet and relatively mild weather we had here in the UK in January.

  2. Looks like you got in some good reading, despite it being such a busy month. I agree… January flew by! (but I have the excuse of being old, where time really does fly by more quickly 😉 )

    I’m looking forward to your reviews.

    1. Kelly, I am glad to hear that January didn’t just fly by for me! Although I don’t really have the old excuse! 😉 Hopefully it won’t take me too long to catch up on my reviews!! 😀

  3. Hope you had a good birthday. Sorry you were ill, I have been struggling myself and have been off work for weeks, which is stressful. I have had more reading time, yet really only read a couple more books than I usually would. A mix of novels and short stories, my favourites were Abigail by Magda Szabo and They Way Things Are by E M Delafield.

    1. I had a lovely birthday thank you, Ali 😊 I am sorry it has been stressful for you with your illness and time off. I can sympathise completely from when I broke my foot at the end of last summer. I hated it and ended not reading that much more because I was so down and didn’t really have the heart for it. I hope you feel better and get reading back on track soon. 🙂

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