Surprising Books I Read and Loved in January ’19

Surprising Books I Read and Loved in January ’19

I’ve thought about writing about the books I read for a little while now, and went back and forth whether or not to include it in this blog. But, you know, this blog is my place on the internet so I think it’s the right place for this to go. I am a *fairly* slow reader and I procrastinate reading – So here goes, here are the three books I finished in January this year.

January has been a good reading month, for me three books is a big achievement. Last year I slowed down with reading for a lot of the year and was in a bit of a reading slump.

This blog post is spoiler free and all my own opinions.

The Break by Marian Keyes

‘The Break’ focuses on the main character, Amy, when her husband decides he wants to take a six month break from their marriage – and act like they were both single again.

I was really sceptical about this book. What first turned me off was that it’s pretty big book at over 500 pages long, and the subject (marriage) wasn’t something I had that much interest in reading about. It had been on my shelf for a few months when a friend of mine said it was really good so I decided to give it a go.

It was the kind of book that had such a ‘smooth’ writing style that I surprisingly just sailed through it. The chapters are really short which really adds to that 1:00am ‘just one more page!’ kind of tradition, and keeps you reading more and more. It seemed fast paced, and I really liked that.

The subject of marriage and taking a break was also something that hit me right in the heart. I really felt for Amy and could make so many comparisons to my own life and laughed and cried along with her. I thought she made some rather bad decisions, but I could also see why she made them.

The ending was just what I wanted. I’m not going to say any more but as my first Marian Keyes book and first chick-lit read over about 300 pages this was a little gem.

As the first book I finished from 2019 it was inspiring in a lot of ways and hey, it feels great to finish a big book. On goodreads I rated it 4/5.

Podkin One-Ear by Keiran Larwood

The first thing that drew me to this book in Waterstones was the gorgeous illustration on the front of the book. I really like reading teenage / children’s fiction and this was so cute that I picked it up and held it tight. I saw that the author was from the Isle of Wight (relatively close to me, and I used to go on holiday there as a child) and it all seemed exciting and interesting.

The book follows a young rabbit (Podkin) whose warren is attacked by the evil Gorm and his quest to escape them and put things right.

The reason I like children’s books is that they really do not hold back when it comes to really descriptive and visually interesting characters, and the whole magical worlds that they create. The amount of creativity it endless and it’s a wonderfully freeing place to be – this book was no exception. As with a lot of children’s books the ultimate goal was doing good and defeating evil, and sometimes you just need a reminder of that featuring a badass rabbit with one ear.

There were moments in the middle of the book where I felt it was a little slow moving and I was keen for it to move on to the action again, but overall it was fun to read.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

So there is definitely a theme with the books of January – suprise greatness. Heartless by Marissa Meyer is not one of my favourite books. It follows the story of the Queen of Hearts when she was a young girl who just wanted to open a bakery. Think Wicked from the Wizard of Oz – it’s the Alice in Wonderland version.

I have never really liked Alice in Wonderland – shock horror, I know. I thought it was a bit too crazy for me, and none of the characters ever really appealed to me. I suppose what I saw of it I found a little bit creepy. I had also read ‘Cinder’ and started ‘Scarlet’ by Marissa Meyer, another series based on fairytales, and I didn’t really get on with them much. I don’t really know what drew me to this book – I suppose I just love a good villain.

This book has now made me love the world of Wonderland. I now get very happy when I hear references to it in other media. The way Marissa Meyer writes is so full of whimsy and magic it put me in a good mood. The main character – Catherine – is a badass and I really enjoyed following her story. Because I’m not too familiar with the original story, I tended to not see things coming so there were many OOOHHH moments when I realised I recognised certain characters and joined the dots to how they related to the original story too.

My favourite part of the book – the male love interest. I don’t want to say too much, but he was the most beautiful character and I could read about him all day.

Currently Reading: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

At the moment, I’m only around 100 pages in so far and I’m really enjoying it. There is so much science that my head feels like that meme…

I’m waiting for the dinosaurs to start escaping and causing mayhem. I hope I stick with it and it’s as good as I want it to be.

If you’ve stuck with this blog post then you get a huge gold star and thank you for reading.

Do you have any reading recommendations?

Jasmine Aurora x

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