I am a few days later posting this than I planned but here is my January reading wrap up of all the books I read last month.
I know Bettina through blogging – Beauty Swot is her blog – and I love supporting other bloggers when they release books. This was a fab debut and I loved how you never knew quite which man the main character would choose.
The Motivation Switch by AJ Winters
I was really excited for this book but unfortunately was left a little disappointed. Most of the 72 ways seemed very obvious and samey, definitely wasn’t enough new content in this book. Luckily I downloaded it for free on Kindle so I’m not too fussed.
The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless
I’ve followed Erin on Twitter for quite some time now and finally got around to picking up this book by her on Kindle. I loved it – haven’t we all had friendships, relationships, fallings out just like the characters do in this? A great read.
I really wasn’t impressed as this information just seemed to be a rehash of his blog and many other personal finance blogs out there. Luckily it was a Kindle freebie but I did like some of his anecdotes.
The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James
Lynsey is another person I have been following on Twitter for quite some time and also another blogger. I had been seeing so many rave reviews about her books so picked up one that instantly drew me in by the title. A book about a book club? Count me in. Whilst the book club does feature heavily, the other storylines running alongside it work together to create a fantastic book and I am going to be reading Lynsey’s other books soon!
The Ghost House by Helen Phifer
Another Carina read like Lynsey’s offering – you should definitely check them out as a publishing house! I don’t normally read mysteries when reading from Carina but this was an interesting novel. I found the characters interesting and would like to read more of the authors work.
Yep, you guessed it. By another blogger. Haha! You may know Cass from The Diary Of A Frugal Family and she’s recently released her own eBook. Now there are a lot of books out there about saving money by personal finance bloggers but not many are by UK personal finance bloggers who have a family – Cass includes some fab ways of saving money as a family that I haven’t seen other bloggers share and I would certainly recommend this book.
These next few books are all mentioned in my earlier post from today, Galaxy Quick Reads: My Thoughts. All images link to their Amazon page.
The Double Clue by Agatha Christie
I love Agatha Christie so was always going to love this. It featured some stories I had read before but also featured some that I hadn’t yet read which was great for me as I find it difficult to find stuff by Agatha Christie that I haven’t yet read. I adore Poirot too so enjoyed sitting down with my bar of Galaxy reading this.
A Baby At The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond
I like Lucy Diamond’s writing but this definitely wasn’t my favourite by her. I know they are meant to be ‘quick reads’ but the whole story did seem a little rushed and came to an anticlimax.
I love short story collections and this featured ten stories from ten bestselling authors. Some I loved more than others but I loved being able to dip in and out when I wanted to. A great beach read.
Too Good To Be True by Ann Cleeves
A great introduction for me to the novels that one of my favourite TV shows, Shetland, is based on. This was a fascinating introduction to the world of Jimmy Perez and I will definitely be picking up more.
On The Rock by Andy McNab
I wouldn’t normally read Andy McNab as his books aren’t usually my cup of tea but this was a fast paced, captivating read and I would certainly recommend it.
I loved the story, I loved the characters and there was so much potential there. However I am not a fan of ‘insta-love’ and this novel had it in bucket loads. Within a day or two two characters are falling into bed, obsessed with each other and it all seems a little too quick, too rushed unfortunately.
Despite that it was an enjoyable read and I would love to see the characters again.
Fractured by Clár Ní Chonghaile
I can’t say too much about this as I have a full review of this coming up (was sent the book for review purposes). It wouldn’t normally be my type of reading material but this was a fascinating story. Full review coming soon.
What did you read in January?
Some books were sent to review. Affiliate links used in this post.