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My 2018 Reading Challenge: What I Read in January

At the beginning of 2018, I decided I wanted to make more time for reading. I absolutely love reading, but  since having Dougie, it’s definitely been more of a challenge to sit down and start a book, let alone finish one. However, now he’s sleeping better at night, I decided to challenge myself to read 50 books in 2018.

My reading year has started off pretty well, and so here is what I read in January…

1. Behind her Eyes (Sarah Pinborough)

I’m not really sure what to write about this book. I thought it was very well written, and it kept me hooked until the end. It’s a psychological thriller, and each time I thought I had it figured out, there was another twist. It starts off as what appears to be a love triangle, a single mum, an attractive man and his beautiful, charming wife, but as it continues it becomes clear there is a lot more going on. I found the narrative a little confusing at times, and the ending was not what I expected at all. I’m not totally sure if I loved it or hated it, but it stayed with me long after I closed the book. I wouldn’t recommend reading it late at night though! 3/5

2. Why Mummy Drinks (Gill Sims)

I absolutely loved this book. I actually reviewed it for my January Blogger Book Nook post if you fancy a slightly more detailed review. Why Mummy Drinks is brilliant. It’s a diary of Ellen, an exhausted Mum with two kids who spends her days battling the ‘perfect mummies’ at the school gates, attempting to feed her kids healthy and nutritious meals and spend quality time with them, before giving in to their demands for iPads and sweets, and then collapsing on the sofa with a large glass of wine at the end of the day. It’s funny and heartwarming, and completely relatable. I imagine it may not be your first choice if you don’t have kids, but I think it would still be an enjoyable read. 4/5

3. A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)

This is hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read. Incredibly powerful, completely heartbreaking and beautifully written, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a pretty long book, (over 800 pages I believe) but it is so worth the read. The story follows four friends living in New York, and as the book continues, one of the characters becomes very much the focus of the novel, his past and his suffering. There are true moments of joy and beauty in the book, but it is a dark, difficult story with very little consolation. 5/5

4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeymoon)

I had seen a lot of people talk about this book, but didn’t know what to expect when I started it.  The story follows Eleanor, a lonely, isolated young woman. The reason for her loneliness becomes clear as the book continues, but as the book continues, she also begins to forge relationships and begins to enjoy life. There are some charming and funny moments, and I found it a really enjoyable, and satisfying read. 4/5

5. This Is How It Always Is (Laurie Frankel) 

This book is beautiful, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. With a big, warm family at the heart of it all, This Is How It Always Is tells the story of Claude, the youngest of five boys. But one day Claude decides that he identifies as a girl, and he wants to be Poppy. The story follows how the family deal with this, and their journey, and it’s wonderful to read. 4/5

 

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading at the moment?

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