Friday, 2 February 2018

January Wrap Up

2018 certainly started with a bang! January brought all sorts of new challenges and I feel like it went on forever, so now I’m glad to be wrapping the month up and thinking about all of the exciting things I’m going to get up to in February.


Read

Your Life in My Hands by Rachel Clarke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka ⭐️⭐️
the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Perfect Remains by Helen Fields ⭐️⭐️
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan ⭐️
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I had a few more duds than usual this month but I still managed to read some great books. The top 3 reads of January were: Your Life in My Hands by Rachel Clarke, The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling, and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I highly recommend Your Life in My Hands if, like me, you’re on a medical memoir binge and can’t get over When Breath Becomes Air/This Is Going To Hurt.

DNFs

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

I really enjoyed this as an audiobook; it feels like one big conversation with Izzard over a cup of tea. However, I’m just not that interested in Eddie Izzard. I think this would be perfect for anyone who’s a fan of his comedy and wants to know more about his life, but that person isn’t me.


Book Haul

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Misogynation by Laura Bates

I am so lucky to have received these books. Some of them came from my bookstagram friend @lozreadsbooks but mostly they were sent to me from publishers, which is very exciting. I’m particularly excited for the Laura Bates essay collection!


Personal Update

I completed my first internship! Having never worked in an office before, I was extremely nervous about starting my first proper internship within publishing. It was certainly very valuable and has given me plenty to reflect upon re: what I think I want in a future career.

Blog Posts

Posts I’ve Loved

Abby @ Crime by the Book’s Essential Nordic Noir Reads
Bethany @ Curly and Wordy’s 4 eco-friendly home buys
Beth @ Book(ish) Beth’s post about her experience of a Publishing Master’s


Are you, like me, incredibly glad January is over? How did your first month of reading in 2018 go? Let me know and chat with me in the comments below!