“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too."

So now that January has FINALLY come to an end, it’s time for a summary and a book haul update as I seem to have acquired a lot of books this month!

So let’s start with the book haul:

The Appeal – Janice Hallett

Lots of people on my goodreads were reading this one and lots of good reviews followed so I decided to give this one a go! 

The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman

So after reading The Thursday Murder Club, I then discovered there was a sequel so obviously had to buy it! I’ll let you know what these pensioners can offer us this time! 

The Maid – Nita Prose

This has been recommended all over my twitter feed and people have been raving about it and the blurb definitely sounds intriguing so I’m interested to see if it lives up to expectations.

The Betrayal of Anne Frank – Rosemary Sullivan

I only encountered this book by chance as I was reading an article on it and then it states ‘now a book’ and so obviously I’ve had to buy it! It looks at the new sciences available to us to finish Otto Frank’s life work of finding out who betrayed him and his family and ultimately ended the lives of his two daughters and his wide.

Under the Dome – Stephen King

I really enjoyed the tv series of this and I need to read more Stephen King books.

The Stand – Stephen King

Another Stephen King book because as I said above, I need to read more but also one I haven’t heard of.

Darkest Hour – Barbara Erskine

This book sounds similar in parts to that of the Paris Library so I’m intrigued if this is another one that flits between past and present or if it journeys through the present the and explores the past as we go.

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories, Volume One and Volume Two of Short Stories

I am super excited to read these as Roald Dahl was my favourite author as a kid and even now I love his books! These are a selection of his adult writings so I’m excited to give these a go.

Heroes – Stephen Fry

This completes the Mythos and Troy books that I already have in my collection and as I’m going to Corfu hopefully in May, this gives me some themed reading.

Circe – Madeline Miller

Another themed read here as Circe is also based in Greece. I loved Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller so I’m intrigued to see how I find this one of hers.

Ariadne – Jennifer Saint

Yet another Greek themed book for my Greek holiday! I’m definitely making the most of this aren’t I?!

Secrets of the Tudor Court – Darcey Bonnette

Rivals of the Tudor Court – Darcey Bonnette

Personally, I love watching docuseries by Lucy Worsley etc investigating the Tudor era – not just the infamous six wives of Henry VIII but about how they lived, played, danced and dined.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict – Laurie Viera Rigler

The plot of this is what drew me into this book. It involves a main character being transported back in time to the era of Jane Austen and having to find her footing there. I am hoping this book is going to be as good as it sounds!

The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens – Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory

Now as you all know after reading my Taming of the Queen review, I love history and these books are in the series of Plantagenet and Tudor’s. I hope these are as good as the Taming of the Queen.

I have linked all the blurbs on goodreads to each book as there’s quite a few and would mean this post would go on forever! So now the book haul is done, time for the summary!

This month has been a very Jo Nesbo month with me reading 3 print books this month all by him and sequels in the Harry Hole mystery series! I still have two books left (one of which I’m part way through) so maybe I’ll have more to offer than just Harry Hole next month! 

In total this month I’ve read 1648 pages which I find completely astounding but I’ve been tracking my pages read every day so I can see! I’m using the Always Fully Booked Planner by Little Inklings Design which you can buy from her website

Something I am currently loving (and has actually just finished) is the Around the World in 80 Days series on BBC 1. Different from the books but I really enjoyed it! 

Now another very long January passed us, it’s time to welcome February! 

Until next time,

Keep reading,

D x

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