January Reading List

Another year, another lineup of books waiting to be devoured, published, marveled over..you get the idea. For those following along on Goodreads, I've set myself the goal of finishing and reviewing 48 books. It's smaller than other years, but I want to put an effort into reading and reviewing books properly and that's a number that for me feels not too crazy. Of course there'll still be other reviews around these parts and over on Instagram and YouTube but you'll definitely be seeing four books here every month. To kick things off we have some novels from two of my favourite Brits, a new+very promising novel and a non-fiction book for some balance.

According to Yes by Dawn French-Who knows what rock I've been under but I wasn't aware that Dawn French wrote novels. Where have I been!? Her latest one took my fancy when a local store was having a pre-Christmas special and I devoured it in the week following Christmas Eve. I chose this as I wanted something lighthearted to read. It delivers on that front, but it certainly veered into territory I wasn't expecting at all. That's not a bad thing by the way, it just took me off guard. Dawn French's writing is charming, as you would expect and hilarious of course. This would be the perfect Summer beach read.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom*-You can't see it in this picture, but I'll make a point of it in my book haul video, this book has the best cover. It features braille lettering on the cover, spelling out the title as the main character in this book is blind. That is a unique feature in itself, correct me if I am wrong but I feel like in literature, more so YA we don't see protagonists with physical disabilities like this. Thumbs up for diversity in novels. I'm not very far into this yet but it's told from the perspective of Parker, a teenage girl who lost her sight in an accident and chronicles her high school experience+life outside of it. This makes for really fascinating reading and the perspective of a non-sighted person makes this quite a special read. I know people with vision impairments but despite that it's still been really insightful for me.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby-Be prepared for a lot more Nick Hornby around these parts. He's one of my favourite writers at the moment and I've got two more of his books on my shelves waiting to be read. This novel tells the story of a thirty-something who runs a record store and is struggling to get to grips with adulthood. Side note: This sounds like me in a nutshell, without the records, and the masculinity. I've started this already and love it so far. Nick Hornby doesn't disappoint.

How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis-It wouldn't be one of my reading lists without something non-fiction in the mix. This one charts the reading habits of Samantha Ellis and the heroines throughout literature who inspired her and shaped her into who she is today. This has actually been sitting on my shelves for ages and it sounds amazing so I'm looking forward to getting into it.

-What are you reading in January?

*Review copy

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