A brand new year! I’d love to be able to say that I have set myself a reading goal of 52 books for the year. I can tell you now, that’s not going to happen.
I can easily get out of the habit of reading when my routine gets thrown out of whack. One book a week would be great. If I get one every ten days or two weeks, I’ll be delighted.
Here’s what I read in January
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter
First book of the year had to be something I could pick up easily, not too heavy, a nice little story. Paper Aeroplanes was perfect for this.
Paper Aeroplanes tells the story of Renne and Flo, two secondary school mates living in Guernsey. They are opposites who end up friends, having to deal with all the teenage drama that goes along with being 15 in 1994, including the sex.
Young Adult Fiction, good read to ease back into the year. I guess I can see a some of myself in Renne who is a bit of rebel.
Women Within by Anne Leigh Parrish
Women Within brings together the lives of three women who you don’t really think are connected but, the way life is, are.
The book is split into three parts, focusing on each character. A couple of descriptions threw me off a bit. One is described as having ‘shoulders like a line-backer’. With the character’s name added to this, even with the title of the book, I was surprised the character was female.
As I was finishing the first part, I wasn’t quite sure how these would intertwine. The interlacing does work but the biggest problem I had was that I didn’t really care about any of the characters. Instead of being in the middle of the story, I felt like I was a bit of an outsider.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Everything you’ve heard about ‘Eleanor Oliphant’ is true. She’s a delight and I love every single quirky thing about her hermit-like life.
I really don’t want to give too much away. Eleanor is odd, a loner, stuck in her ways and completely lovable.
Time spent with Eleanor Oliphant is an absolute joy!