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What I read in January

What I read In January

You may of seen in my 2019 Resolutions post that one of my resolutions I challenged myself to this year, was read more. Well that is exactly what I have been doing, and I am pretty pleased with myself as I have managed to complete six books in January. I used to be an avid reader, but unfortunately that slid away from me due to ill health, resulting in poor concentration and fatigue, but I'm back, and this is the first post in a new monthly series WHAT I READ IN ........ 

What I read in January my 2019 reading challenge

This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay *****
This book has been hugely hyped and when I read it I could see why. Written about the day to day life of a junior doctor from his perspective, the long hours, the tremendous pressure and the constant tsunami of bodily fluids. This book is funny, enlightening and sometimes heartbreaking, a must read.  

Everything I know about love - Dolly Alderton *****
Is a story not only about Dolly's relationships with men, but that of growing up and making her way through life and with the love shared between her and her female friends. For me this book has friendship at its core.

Wilde like me - Louise Pentland ****
Robin is a single mum, trying to make her way through life, taking on the posh school mummies, trying to hold down a job, and raise a child, all while battling loneliness. This book took me a while to get into, but once I did I became invested in Robin and her search for happiness. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.  

The tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris *****
This was the stand out book of the month for me, based on the true story of Lale Sokolov and his time as a Jewish prisoner of the Nazi's, where he defies the odds to not only survive but fall in love. The story is beautifully and sensitively written, and is sometimes hard to stomach in its detail of the atrocities inflicted upon millions of people, a true love story in the most horrific of surroundings. 

Three things about Elsie - Joanna Cannon ****
The story begins when 84 year old Florence has fallen in her flat, and while she waits to be found she reflects on her life, and friendships and the new resident who looks like a man she once knew, but it couldn't be him, he died 60 years ago. This is a sweet story about friendship that has a twist in its tale.

Dear Mrs Bird - A J Pearce *****
Set in 1941 London, Dear Mrs Bird tells the stories of those on the home front, a story often overlooked of courage and fear and love and friendships, charmingly written I loved this story.

What I read In January

I can't wait to see where February will take me.

What have you been reading this month?

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  1. I've been meaning to read the Tattoist of Auschwitz, it'll definitely be on my February to-read list.
    Emily from x

    1. I think it's such an important book, everyone should read it x

  2. I don't read half as much as would like to, but this post has given me tons of motivation to get into a book right now! I'm really intrigued by "This is going to hurt" as it sounds like something I would definitely be into. Thank you for these suggestions! x

    Shannon |

  3. The Dolly Alderton book is out in paperback next month and I'm scooping it up as soon as I can! It's been a tough start to the year and I really want something immersive but not too heavy to enjoy.

    Isabelle | F L Y N N

    1. Then Dolly's book will be perfect for you, I loved it. I hope things pick up for you soon x

  4. I've recently read This is Going to Hurt and The Tattooist of Auschwitz too, both were absolutely brilliant! I have Dear Mrs Bird and Three Things About Elsie in my amazon wishlist too! I would 110% recommend The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years Old if you're into those kind of books. It follows an old dutch man in a care home in Amsterdam and it's so uplifting and funny.

    Kirsty xo

    1. Thanks for the recommendation I'll look into that xx


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