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What I read in January

This year is the second year, I have set myself a reading challenge. Last year I read 48 books after setting myself a target of just 18 at the start of the year, I soon realised I had underestimated myself, and was delighted to finish the year on 48.

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This  years Goodreads challenge is 50, and in January I have managed to tick off 7 of those. Mainly due to January being the dullest month of the year, and I have stayed home a lot to avoid the cold. Check out my goodreads account and give me a follow, it's such a good place for reviews and recommendations.

What I read in January

The hunting party - Lucy Foley ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I started the year with a cracker, I loved the hunting party, the thriller is set in a remote hunting lodge in Scotland, where a group of university friends have met up for New Year celebrations. Right from the beginning it obvious there is tension in the group, is this a tradition that should of died a long time ago.....

Read my full spoiler free review The hunting party      

The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When Evelyn Hugo an elderly yet still glamorous Hollywood icon, decides to tell the story of her life and the truth behind all those marriages, she picks an unknown magazine journalist Monique Grant. Know one knows why least of all Monique she's not exactly successful in her job and her Personal life is know better.  Monique is determined to take this opportunity and kick start her career.

Monique finds herself summoned to Evelyn's upper east side apartment, where the life of Evelyn starting way back in the 50's unfurls, through her journey to hollywood, the friendships and the marriages, after all everyone in her story is now dead, its the time to tell the real story of Evelyn Hugo and her seven husbands.

I loved this book, all is not what it seems, Evelyn tells quite the story.   

Cilka's journey #2 The tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cilka's journey is the follow up of The tattooist of Auschwitz, and follows what happens to Cilka after the Russian liberation of the camp. Cilka is arrested and sent to a Russian work camp when she's accused of conspiring with the Nazi's. It turns out the Russians treatment of prisoners is appalling and Cilka again has to fight to survive in dreadful inhumane circumstances. I found Cilka's journey interesting as I have read a bit about the Nazi work camps, but did not know about the Russians and what happened after the war. I recommend reading both the tattooist and this book, especially as we commemorate 75 years since the holocaust this year.  

One in a million - Lindsey Kelk ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book was the perfect antidote after reading Cilka's journey. It's like a Hugh Grant, light hearted rom com of the book world. 

Annie has given up on love after a relationship goes spectacularly wrong, and decides to concentrate on her small business, that she runs with her best friend. That is until she accepts a crazy challenge from a hotty in the advertising business across the hall, to make the next person who walks through the door insta famous in just 30 days. Unfortunately that person is Dr Samuel Page phd an historian and social media hater. This is gonna be harder than Annie had hoped. 

A place called here - Cecelia Ahern ⭐⭐⭐⭐  

This book wins the weirdest book I have read this month title hands down, but there is something kind of compelling about the narrative. It makes you want to find out what's going on and why, although I kind of wished the ending offered more of a tangible explanation.

Ever since Sandy Shortts childhood school mate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has become obsessed with missing things - finding them becoming her goal. Whether its a missing sock lost in the washing machine or misplaced car keys. Sandy has to find them and ends up dedicating her life to finding missing people. That is until Sandy goes missing too, now she is lost will she find the answers she has always searched for.

Rachels holiday - Marian Keyes ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rachel Walsh is an Irish girl living in New York. She hates her job, and is sleeping with a beautiful man called Luke, although he does wear his leather trousers to tight, and she has a fondness for recreational drugs, some say she's too fond. After a large bender she finds herself frogmarched back to Ireland and sent to the Cloisters a rehab centre, which Rachel only agrees to go to, as she's sure it will be full of celebrities, she doesn't need help she's not an addict like the other poor souls there, it will be a nice little holiday.

This book is a lighthearted look at the serious topic of addiction, and what brings addicts to where they are, while highlighting the behaviour and lies of an addict in denial and how difficult they are to have in your life.

A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ove is probably the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots, joggers, neighbours who can't reverse a trailer, shop assistants who talk in code.

But the thing with Ove he might be grumpy, often rude and has a use of language that can be deemed offensive, but underneath that he is a man of integrity, a man with an in built sense of duty and a desire to do the right thing.

Ove has had a hard life, dealing with injustices and grief. He spends his life fighting until he thinks he can fight know more. Turns out some people need his help, and Ove being the man he is, just has to help.

I must admit I found this book a slow burner, but once I really got to know Ove, I warmed to him and his story which at times is very moving. 

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Have you read any of these books? let me know in the comments what you thought, I love to read other peoples opinions on books.


  1. You are going to smash your goodreads goal this year I can already tell!! I NEED to ready the hunting party, its also great to see a whole month worth of books rated 4 stars or higher!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

    1. Thanks I'm really into it at the moment, so hopefully I can keep it up x

  2. I've been debating on whether to read Cilka's journey or not, but I definitely think I need to pop it on my list now! xx

    1. You should defo read it, its such a powerful story x

  3. You've gone so far in your reading challenge already! I've read a Lucy Foley book before; The Book of Lost & Found and it was such a brilliant story, you'll love it. The Hunting Party and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo sound right up my alley! xx

    Coco Bella Blog


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