January Reads

Hello lovelies!

Is it me or did January feel ten times longer than any other month?? Although this definitely hit me hard when it came to waiting for pay day and that post-Christmas slump, it was definitely beneficial when it came to reading – or should i say procrastination // avoiding all responsibility. There’s nothing better than burying your head in a good book and escaping the real world when your having an off few days ((or in my case weeks)), so i’m gonna talk you through the books that helped me get through the awful month that was January. 

‘The Bees’ by Laline Paull 

Fiction 

5 out of 5 stars 

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Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable.

 

‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig

Memoir

5 out of 5 stars 

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What does it mean to feel to truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him, and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to stay alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. ‘I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at. The end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it … words, just sometimes, really can set you free.

 

‘The Reason I Jump’ by Naoki Higashida 

Biography 

4 out of 5 stars 

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Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world – other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

 

‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White

Children’s  Fiction 

3 out of 5 stars

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This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur’s dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. With the unlikely help of Templeton the rat, and a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who by this time has grown up to be quite a pig.

 

‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven 

YA

4 out of 5 stars

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Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. Violet Malarkey is devastated by her sister’s death. They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves… but as violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

 

‘Countless’ by Karen Gregory

YA 

4 out of 5 stars

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When Hedda discovers she’s pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young and in the grip of an eating disorder that controls her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name: Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision. She and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby’s born. She can’t do it, if she takes it one day at a time…

 

‘How to Stop Time’ by Matt Haig

Fiction 

4 out of 5 stars

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Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behaviour of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

What was your favourite read of January? Let me know below in the comments.

Amy XOXO

3 Comments

  1. February 4, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    My favourite read was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I really want to read most of the books on this list, especially Reasons to Stay Alive. Wonderful blog!

    • February 5, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Ooh I love the hunger games! Thank you 🙂 x

  2. February 13, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I’ve read Airborn last January and I absolutely loved it! It was so good 🙂

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