What I’ve Been Reading: January 2020

In January I wrote about the books that I wanted to read this year. I’d set myself a Goodreads challenge of reading 120 books during 2020. My intention had been to do a monthly round up of what I’d been reading, so now seems as good a time as any to catch up with that!

What I've Been Reading: January 2020 | The Marvellous Mrs Maus

Book Club in Lockdown

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly finding a little more time to read whilst we’re in lockdown. When the girls are busy playing upstairs, or watching something on TV, I’m taking a bit of time to relax and read. I’m really pleased that my book club is still meeting too, albeit virtually. It’s lovely to still have that in my diary, even if I am missing the coffee and cake we’d usually have!

What I've Been Reading: January 2020 | The Marvellous Mrs Maus

January Reads

I managed to read thirteen books in January. Well, not strictly true, two of them were audiobooks. Do you listen to audiobooks? I never have before but realising you could speed up the audio was game changing! I’m a fast reader and get frustrated listening to others. Plus I realised that some KindleUnlimited books have a free Audible version included, so I thought I’d give it a go.

My Favourite Book This Month

My absolute favourite book in January was A Fire Sparkling. I’d had it on my Kindle for ages, but you know when you just have to be in the mood to read something? It was fantastic and I’ll definitely read it again. Set in the present day and during WWII, it really captured my imagination and I thought the story was brilliant.

What I've Been Reading: January 2020 | The Marvellous Mrs Maus

I read a couple of bad books this month too. Holly Banks Full of Angst was definitely the worst, thank goodness it was a free Kindle book. The Misadventures of Ingrid Winter was a close second though and the audio seemed to go on forever.

I also wasn’t keen on my book club’s choice for January either: The Lost Letters of William Woolf. I wanted to love it, but the main character was irritating and the story utterly implausible.

My Star Ratings For January’s Books

Here’s the full list of my January reading and my star rating out of five for each one. If you click on the rating, it’ll take you over to my Goodreads review (if there is one for that title!) 😊

The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock ⭐⭐⭐

The Lost Letters of William Woolf ⭐⭐⭐

Holly Banks Full of Angst

The Little Village on the Hill ⭐⭐⭐

Lift and Separate ⭐⭐⭐

A Fire Sparkling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Things We Never Said ⭐⭐⭐

Three Christmases ⭐⭐⭐

Light in the Shadows

Home (audiobook) ⭐⭐⭐

Cartes Postales ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (audiobook)

The Wonderful Weekend Book ⭐⭐


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