January Reading Wrap-Up

January Reading Wrap-Up


A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

This book wasn’t what I was expecting. There should be trigger warnings for the amount of times suicide is mentioned, it’s not a spoiler as it’s first mentioned in the first few chapters but I wouldn’t have picked it up had I known. That being said it is warm and uplifting and Backmans writing it stunning

The Other Half, by Charlotte Vassell

I loved this. I read it over two evenings and couldn’t put it down. I was a little disappointed by the ending as it left so many questions unanswered but I think that was the point the author was trying to make. It was funny and engaging, a great social commentary on the rich, socialites. I can't wait for the sequel.

Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life, by Roxie Nafousi

Great book if you want to try manifesting or need a little guidance. It's definitely one I'll be going back to over time (I already have a few times). Cannot recommend this enough!

Love and Other Human Errors, by Bethany Clift

I loved this book, much more than I was expecting! I’m not usually a fan of dystopian books and as this is set in 2030 I was a little put off by the 460 pages but it didn’t feel too long at all! I loved the characters and seeing them grow throughout the book, the side plots were equally as enjoyable as the main plot as well which is not always the case!  Definitely recommend this one!

Heartstopper, Volume One, by Alice Oseman

As this is only volume one I’m going to wait to form an opinion on the series as I feel like it’s just getting going! That being said so far I don’t get all of the hype, it’s a good book but not as amazing as tiktok would have you believe.

Not That Kind of Ever After, by Luci Adams

I found this book to be a little too long unfortunately. The first 200 pages were quite slow and the main character was a bit of a mess and not in a likeable way! By the second half she had started on her redemption arc and it did pick up. Throughout the book it hints at her eventual ‘Prince Charming’ however when you get to that point it’s glossed over in about ten pages. It’s not a bad book but not one of my favourites. 

The Mothers, by Brit Bennett

I listened to the audiobook of this and was disappointed. It was very character driven however the characters weren’t likeable enough to carry a whole story, there were key plot points but the actual story around it wasn’t great. There was one good sub plot that I wished was explored further but other than that I wasn’t keen. 

Love, Theoretically, by Ali Hazelwood

Like all of Ali Hazelwoods books this focuses on a woman in STEM and a male superior who falls in love with her against his better judgement. The story follows the same plot points as her other two books almost identically. That being said this is probably my favourite of hers, I’m not sure why as they are basically the same but I definitely enjoyed this one more. 

The Ghost Woods, by C.J. Cooke

The School for Good Mothers, by Jessamine Chan

I loved the premise of this book and enjoyed the first 100 or so pages. But the bulk of the book (where the action should take place in my opinion) was slow, repetitive and descriptive in all of the wrong parts. I was expecting so much more, but would have enjoyed it if it had been halved. I’m glad I stuck it out as I enjoyed the last 50 pages but overall I didn’t enjoy it. 

I did however find the premise fascinating, exploring how the state treats mothers different to fathers and the hierarchy of mothers based on their race and social-economic background could have been so much better that it was.

I May Be Wrong and Other Wisdoms From Life as a Forest Monk, by Björn Natthiko Lindeblad, Navid Modiri, Caroline Bankler

Non-fiction isn’t my go to genre but I thought I’d pick this up in January for a little motivation to start the year and I’m so glad I did. I knew nothing about forest monks or their traditions going into this and it was such an insightful read! The short chapters kept me engaged throughout, although I think the uplifting quotes and stories would have kept me going regardless of chapter size! 

I highlighted so many different passages to come back to if I need motivation or inspiration and would recommend you do the same! 


Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld

I loved this audiobook! I had been putting it off as I don’t know anything about American politics but that shouldn’t deter you! The first part of the book focuses on the early years and the political references did go over my head but by the end I definitely enjoyed the alternate universe with the politicians of today!

Definitely recommend this one - I feel like I took more from it by listening the narrator was great!

The One That Got Away, by Charlotte Rixon

I loved this book! There was so much more to it than a standard second chance romance (I love them). The book focuses of class divide in relationships, family loyalty, generational bonds and whether you can get over a first love or if you should go back 20 years later!

It’s beautifully written and perfectly paced! I enjoyed the added layers of intrigue surrounding why they split up and the explosion, which was central to the story. 

Overall, a recommendation from me!


Favourite book this month: Love and Other Human Error
Least favourite: The Mothers

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