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?