January Wrap-Up

And January’s over – it always seems like three months rolled into one! Maybe that explains why it’s been my best reading month for ages! It’s not all been books – I’ve also enjoyed some great TV: Only Murder in the Buildings, Happy Valley and The Last of Us.

Books I’ve read:

I’ve read 16 books this month including 8 from my Beat the Backlist Challenge (48 left!):

  • The Vanishing of Aveline Jones
  • My Story: Princess Sophia Duleep Singh
  • The Tower at the End of Time
  • Tyger
  • The Secret of Haven Point
  • Twitch
  • A Girl Called Justice: The Spy at the Window
  • Furthermoor

The two that have really stuck with me are Twitch and Furthermoor for very different reasons. Twitch is just the most brilliant mystery adventure with wonderful twists and such a likeable character in Twitch. I really did love everything about this, and have been recommending it in school. Furthermoor is such a thought-provoking story with heart-breaking themes of bullying and grief and really explores the power of the imagination. This would make a brilliant read-aloud for a mature Year 6 class or a reading group.


I’ve got another badge from NetGalley – my approved badge as I have been auto-approved by four publishers which I’m very grateful for – and it gives me instant access to some wonderful upcoming books. My ratio is currently at 96% and I’ve added one new book to my shelf:

Books sent by publishers:

I am grateful to have been sent six books by Publishers this month.

Books bought:

I’m trying really hard not to buy too many books each month as I have so, so many to catch up on, but still managed seven – but I’ve read 2: The Song Walker and No Place for Monsters. I’m aiming to read some more of these over half term.

How has your reading month been? Have you read any of these? Have you any of them on your TBR?

7 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up

  1. Congratulatons on reading so many books, especially making inroads on your Beat the Backlist! I have read and enjoyed three of these books (The Nowhere Thief, The Time TIder and The Sleeping Stones). Hope February proves equally literary!!

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