As I’m sure you have all just experienced, January is a rubbish month. Going back to work after the excitement of Christmas and New Year and then the realization of how broke you are after Christmas and New Year and the bit that January is most famous for, the really crappy weather..
You made it through January, so congratulations! To cope with the January Blues, I planned to read a bunch of books that would cheer me up.
First off, I started the New Year with Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It’s his first published novel, and in all honesty – it’s incredible. It really is peculiar. It’s kind of like an adults fairy-tale, which is one of my favourite kinds of books. Obviously, it’s all about peculiar children but my favourite aspect of this book is that once one of these said children is described, there is a picture of them on the next page and the really interesting part is that other than a slight tweak of the exposure to make the photo clearer, they are all genuine untouched photos. They are photo’s that Riggs picked up over the years in various garage sales and car boots and the story was kind of created around these photos. It’s an amazing book, and I’ve order the next in the trilogy, The Hollow City, so I’ll let you know how that one is soon!
Next up, we have The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. This is probably the 20th time I have re-read this book. One of my all time favourites, but this time I read it for a book club that I never actually got round to attending. I probably could have gotten away with not reading it as I’m pretty sure I could quote the whole thing, but any excuse …
After that, I sat down on a relatively sunny, still cold, but sunny Saturday morning with a coffee and started Paper Towns by John Green, and then 4 hours later – completely unaware of the time that has passed – I finished Paper Towns. Those kind of days are my FAVOURITE kind of days. Again, brilliant book but then again, Green is brilliant author. My only disappointment is that one of the main characters, Margo, to me was portrayed as this free spirit and for some reason I imagined her with brilliant auburn hair that was crazy curly and out of control, but I saw the cover of the film and realised that her character does not match my imagination – therefore I will most likely not watch the film just yet. But other than that – A* John Green, you did it again – you literary genius.
Okay, last but by no means least .. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Technically, this isn’t a January Favourite as I haven’t finished it yet and we are now in February. But I did start reading it on the last day of January so it counts. So far, this book is brilliant. It is a real page turner, and the only reason I haven’t finished it is purely because the bus ride to work is too short and I haven’t had anytime elsewhere to sit down and read. So, I have high hopes for this book and I haven’t actually read a bad review for it so I’m really excited to finish it.
So that was my reading list for the last month, it was relatively quiet compared to the last couple of months but I have been rushed off my feet recently. Also, I have this weird habit that has developed over the last few months.. whenever I finish a book, I feel like I can’t start another one for a least another day out of respect for the characters in the last book, like I can’t move on that quickly, I need to grieve! Does anyone else do this? But this takes away a few days a month that I could be reading, so I’m not getting through as much.
I have found myself recently pacing myself instead of trying to finish the book quickly, I know I have a gazillion books to be read but I don’t want to miss out on anything important.. it’s not a competition!
I’ve had a really good month in terms of buying books, but because of this I’m going to have to look into alternative methods of storing books or buying a new book case..
Do you have any recommendations for the month ahead? Let me know!