Janaury Reads

One of my aims for 2015 is to read at least fifty two books.  I have always been an avid reader of novels so I don’t see any problem in meeting this target (we don’t have TV), but I’ve never yet recorded the books I’ve read so I thought it would be interesting to look back at the end of the year and see how many books I actually get through.

At the end of each month I’ll (hopefully) be posting which books I’ve finished and include a short review of each one in case anyone out there would like some book inspiration!

1.  The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry – by Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry leaves his home one morning to post a letter and simply carries on walking from one end of the country to another, meeting many different people and discovering more about himself and his life every day. From the moment I picked this book up I was hooked – the writing is excellent and compelling but I also found the story slightly disconcerting too. Maybe it’s because the character’s range of emotions left me feeling drained by the end of it(?) but that’s probably a sign of a good writer! (4 stars)

2. Eden Falls - by Jane Sanderson

This is the third book in a series about the residents of Netherwood - a small Yorkshire mining town - in the early 1900s. I was given this book for Christmas as I had read the other two and enjoyed it as it's a fairly easy and non-taxing read. (3 stars)

3 - 5. Annie's People 3-in-1 - The Preacher's Daughter, The Englisher and The Brethern - by Beverly Lewis

I was given this trio of Christian Amish novels by Josh for Christmas as I've recently become interested in the Amish way of life. I am intrigued by their simple ways and how they separate themselves so much from our modern way of life. I enjoyed each of these books as a fairly light and easy read and for the insight it gave me into the Amish world. (3 stars)

6. What Alice Forgot - by Liane Moriarty

I was given this book for Christmas and hadn't come across the author before. The story is about Alice who wakes up in the gym after hitting her head having lost her memories from the last ten years. She loves her husband and is looking forward to the birth of her first child, but suddenly realises she is actually in the middle of a messy divorce with three exhausting children in tow.
This is one of the most well written and thought provoking books I have read for a while - I couldn't put it down! It will make you consider your life and how your experiences have changed you over the years. (5 stars)

7. Little House on the Prairie - by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This is a famous classic about in the Ingalls family travelling west and building their 'Little House on the Prairie'.
I'd been wanting to read this for a while as I'd heard that it was another book that celebrated the simple way of life. I really enjoyed reading about their experiences and realising what a tough, brave and challenging lifestyle it was for the people who made the journey west across America. (3 1/2 stars)

8. The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle - by Kirsty Wark

Set on the Isle of Arran this book tells the story of Martha who is left a house by a stranger called Elizabeth Pringle. As she starts a new life on the island she also discovers more about the mysterious woman who had previously lived in the house.
This was another Christmas present and another new author to me. I loved the book; the story, the setting and the characters. It's gripping without being overly taxing. (4 stars)

9. The Husband's Secret - by Liane Moriarty

After finishing 'What Alice Forgot' I quickly reserved this book from the library as I was keen to read more of Moriarty's work. This story is about Cecilia who opens a letter from her husband 'to be opened in the event of his death' when he is still very much alive. The secret it contains changes her life forever, as well as the lives of the community around her.
This is a definitely a page turner, but is a lot darker than 'What Alice Forgot'. I would definitely recommend it but it left me feeling a bit drained! (3 1/2 stars).

I have managed to read some great books this month and discovered some authors I will definitely be going back to. Have you got any recommendations for my February reads?

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  1. Beverly Lewis is a very good Amish story writer. I read a ton of her books before I moved out to the country - Amish Country. My neighbors were Amish when I first moved! I can't read those books anymore, because it's so close to home now. There are SOO many different sects and rules for Amish that it's overwhelming. But I chat one up every time I can! (And I see one weekly to get some milk and other stuff, and she's so chatty! I love it!) Great goal - reading 52 books in a year. I love reading and have recently started reading books by Carol Kinsey because she's a new author who happens to go to my church :) Her books are on Amazon if you want to check her out. Under the Shadow of a Steeple was the first one I read. So good! I'll look forward to your book review this year.

    1. I meant book reviews...not singular review :)

  2. Love your choices, I enjoyed both the Liane Moriarty books but agree, The Husband's Secret is more draining than her other! She's got a new one out at the moment but I haven't read it so can't recommend it, although I do like her style of writing. Jenny Colgan is great if you like nice (albeit mostly predictable) stories which are easy to read, with engaging characters that give you a warm fuzzy feeling at the end :)

  3. How exciting! I need to get back to reading. I recently joined my local library, but it's quite small and I feel a bit daunted about where to begin. I often don't pick up books because I assume I won't like them - I need to be a bit more adventurous. Perhaps I might see if any of the authors you have mentioned are in the library!