January round-up

Well, January seems to have gone on for like eleventy billion days, and we emerge blinking into the joy* that is February.

*actual level of joy may vary. Serving suggestion only. May contain nuts.

So, what did we all read in January? I had a pretty good month, book-wise, and read eight and a half books (couldn’t quite finish Call of the Bone Ships in time due to cat-related issues – LokiCat decided that my lap was prime pussycat sleeping real estate last night and plonked himself down for a snooze, which made reading trick)

Books read in January
  • Stone Cold Trouble, by Amer Anwar (brilliant)
  • What Cats Want, by Dr Yuki Hattori (tuna)
  • Shiver, by Allie Reynolds (fabulous – review up soon)
  • How to Tell If Your Cat Is Trying To Kill You (yes, the answer is always yes)
  • The Last Thing to Burn, by Will Dean (unforgettable)
  • The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello, by Chris McDonald (lovely little cosy crime)
  • Slough House, by Mick Herron (enough to make you want to give up writing, as you know you’ll never, ever write anything even half as good)
Books acquired

It was my birthday (yay) so I got a good stash of books, some of which I’ve already read.

Intrigued by Nala’s World, as I’m a huge fan of Dean Nicholson (or more accurately Nala, the cat he found and took on a trip around Europe on his bike)

The New York City guidebook is because we’d planned on a trip there for my 50th, but then *waves hands* this happened and the trip is postponed. Still, time to do lots of planning.

The Dishoom cookbook looks AMAZING. Part cookbook, part travel book. Yum.

Finally, Traces by Patricia Wiltshire was mentioned by someone on Twitter and I knew I had to get a copy. Luckily the birthday fairy was paying attention.

In non-birthday books I acquired

  • The Unbroken, by CL Clark (blog tour in March, thanks Nazia)
  • Black Widows, by Cate Quinn (blog tour in Feb)
  • Brother Red, by Adrian Selby (thanks Nazia again)
  • The Mask of Mirrors, by M.A. Carrick (thanks Nazia again again)

And bought a few

  • Far from the Tree by Rob Parker (audible subscription)
  • A Grave Death, by Victoria DeLuis
  • The Last Wilderness by Neil Ansell (Adventurous Ink subscription)
  • The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello, by Chris McDonald
  • The Best of Michael Marshall Smith, by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Three Fifths, by John Vercher

The NetGalley TBR pile has gone up a bit (oops)

  • Dog Rose Dirt, by Jen Williams (pub July 2021)
  • The Shadow in the Glass, by JJA Harwood
  • The Archive of the Forgotten, by A.J. Hackwith
  • The Black Coast by Mike Brooks (blog tour in Feb)

So that was my January. My TBR pile is sobbing quietly in the corner. Try not to disturb it please.

What have you been reading lately?

Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

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