Book Round Up – January 2020

I always find January a strange reading month. I usually manage to double my monthly reading average ( which is between 8 and 10 books) but I DNF A LOT and I come across a handful of unsatisfying reads.

Although I read 19 books in January, I can say it was a mixed bag. A good number I found okish bordering on the mediocre. Obviously there are the standouts. I’ll get into those in a bit.

As I stated last month, I am making an effort to read a classic or tackle a book that I have already read. In January I managed that and my TBR pile is going slowly down. I managed not to cave in and buy the Republic of Consciousness longlist and I only requested two review copies and one of those books will be out in April.

Saying that there was one big snag and that was due to our postal system. I requested and ordered books back in November 2019 and I finally received everything last week, luckily all the review copies were under 250 pages so I managed to finish them in time. My priority is the TBR stack.

Now on to the highlights:

My ‘book of the month’ is without any doubt Elisa Shua Dusabin’s Winter in Sokcho. It will be published in a few week’s time but I do urge you to pre-order it. Trust me it’s a first class read.

Other bookish thrills were:

Dave Haslam – Sonic Youth Slept on my Floor

Kent Haruf – Our Souls at Night

Susan Hill – The Woman in Black

Yann Martel – Beatrice and Virgil

Claire Fuller – Swimming Lessons

Jillian and Mariko Tamaki – This one Summer

What’s on for February? – Well I have only one review copy left (I’m halfway through it). The first book from my Influx subscription has arrived and I’ve got a 635 pager which I will be starting ASAP.

How was your January?

3 thoughts on “Book Round Up – January 2020

    • The Bobosphere February 5, 2020 / 7:43 pm

      Thanks – I’m not too good with tags – i’ll try though

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