December Wrap Up and January TBR

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It’s time for my monthly Wrap Up and TBR post!

The aim of this reading game is to help me read more books and hopefully get on top of the ever-growing To Be Read pile.  The more books I read, the more books I can buy.  The more books I can buy, the more books I can read  It’s a win-win, right?

Books I Read in December

If We’re Not Married by Thirty by Anna Bell4*
The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson – 4*
The War On Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts – 5*
No Virgin by Anne Cassidy
 – 4*
See You in The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
 – 3*
Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes
  – 4*
The Truth Pixie 
by Matt Haig – 4*
Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton – 3*
Brutally Honest by Melanie Brown – 4*
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr2*
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 4*
Born Lippy by Jo Brand2*
How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake2*

 Book of the Month

Wow, I read a LOT in December.  It’s probably because I barely blogged at all…  *guilty face* Towards the end of last year, I just needed a break (and to read lots of books), but I will be back blogging much more regularly – I promise!  There is a good mixture of 2*, 3* and 4* reads, but its no surprise to see that my book of the month is my sole 5* read this month – The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts.  This is a book that is an incredibly important read, and it needs to be read by more people.  The stories within this book broke my heart, but they also empowered me to keep fighting.  Please pick up a copy!

January TBR

January 2018 TBR - Don't Bend the Spine, UK Book Blog

All The Lonely People by David Owen | The Boy Who Followed his Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield | Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

I am determined to sort out my Netgalley shelves in 2019, and I am going to start the New Year by getting into a better habit of reading and reviewing the books I have been granted in a much more timely manner.  The first 2019 release I have on my shelves is All The Lonely People by David Owen.  I found this on the Read Now page and being a fan of David’s Twitter page, I couldn’t stop myself from requesting.  At the time of writing this wrap-up, I’ve literally just finished it, so expect to see my thoughts up within the next few days.

I do enjoy books about World War 2, and when I saw The Boy Who Followed his Father into Auschwitz available to request, I kept all my fingers crossed and pressed submit.   The Tattooist of Auschwitz became one of my top books when I read it last year, and from looking at a few early reviews, The Boy Who Followed his Father into Auschwitz is a similar tale of survival in the worst place on Earth.

Finally, yet another book I couldn’t stop myself from requesting was Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson.   The HarperImpulse team had been dropping hints about this novel on Twitter for a few days, so when it went live on Netgalley I couldn’t resist a request after hearing so many good things.  When Aggie hears that her old friend Rosie Hughes is being sent off to war, she writes her a letter, beginning an exchange of correspondence between them.  I have neglected women’s fiction in favour of YA and thrillers over the last few months, so I’m hoping Dear Rosie Hughes will reignite my love for the genre.

What will you be reading in January?

Daniella x

5th January 2019
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  • Reply Emma

    I’ve seen a lot of people reading All the Lonely People. I haven’t read anything by him *facepalms* but maybe I should add that to my Wishlist this year. Have a fab January. :) xx

    5th January 2019 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Kelsey

    Oh wow you got through loads in December! Interested to hear what you disliked about Flora Banks, I read it and I think I gave it about 3 stars too.

    8th January 2019 at 9:45 pm
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