January 2022 was the longest month ever but I’m not complaining because I managed to read so many great books. I think, for now, I’m stopping rating books on my monthly wrap-up posts because I don’t always know how to rate them straight after finishing the book.
I read 10 books last month and the ones that stood out the most for me were The Body in the Library, Bunny, You’ve Reached Sam and Evidence of an Affair. There wasn’t a book that I disliked or had to put down either so it was a good reading month overall.
The books I read:
The Windsor Knot by S J Bennett
This was quite a fun, silly read, focussing on a crime in Buckingham Palace and the Queen solves the mystery. There were aspects of this book that I really enjoyed but it could have been condensed as some parts did drag a bit. Overall, it was quite an easy and lighthearted read and I will probably read the next instalment.
Evidence of an Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favourite authors so when I saw that she had written a novella I knew I had to read it immediately and it was brilliant. It’s written entirely in letters from a woman who discovers her husband has been having an affair. She contacts the other woman’s husband and they help each other on their journey to uncover the truth. It’s a lovely, warm story that can be consumed in a day.
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
This book is everywhere on Tik Tok and when I saw one of my favourite Booktubers mention that they loved it, I downloaded the audiobook straight away. I couldn’t get a physical copy as they’re all sold out. It’s a heartbreaking read, following the death of the main character’s boyfriend as she struggles to cope with the grief while also juggling school life. If you want a good cry, then this book will have you in tears for definite.
Peter Pan by J M Barrie
This was a reread for me and it was just as good as the first time I read it. It’s a lot darker than the film adaption and has a lot more substance.
Artists: Their Lives and Works
I had this for Christmas and enjoyed reading about how art has changed over time. It’s a great book for people who enjoy art and learning more about various forms of the craft.
50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship by Salvador Dalí
Dalí is one of my favourite artists so it was really fun to read more from the man who has created so many amazing masterpieces. There are a lot of tips on how to improve painting techniques at the end of each chapter too.
Bunny by Mona Awad
All I can say is: read this book! It’s one that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I read it. It reminded me a lot of You, Mean Girls and The Secret History. It was very gory and had a lot of humour. It’s set at a college and the main character gets caught up in a friendship group that is not far off from a sort of cult. They’re seen as the popular girls and the protagonist starts off the book absolutely despising them. I would 100% recommend if you’re looking for something completely obscure but amazing to read.
Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
I’m not sure how I’ve never read a Marian Keyes book before but I’m so glad I picked this up. I joined a readalong with a group of people on Bookstagram and we’ve had a lot of fun talking about the characters and the plot. I was so engrossed I finished it in a couple of days. Even though this book is centred around addiction and is set in a facility which deals with these types of issues, it has a lot of funny moments. Marian Keyes manages to get the right balance of humour amidst the heavier topics.
Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes
This is another book by the same author but is a collection of articles she has written over the years for newspapers and magazines. She talks about her own life from Christmastime with her family to jetting off to meet producers in LA to discuss turning her book into a film. I didn’t love all of the articles and stories but overall they were quite fun to read.
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
The last book I read in January was The Body in the Library. I love Agatha Christie and this book is one of my favourites written by the author. It’s a quick read but keeps the reader hooked throughout.
Have you read any of these books? What was your favourite January read? Let me know in the comments below.
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