January Reading List


I don’t know about anywhere else but up in the North of England it has been ffreeezzzing! The combination of below freezing temperatures, the end of my pregnancy creeping up and good old January blues has meant that all I have time for is getting under a blanket, lighting a candle and reading a book (I gave up daytime television a long time ago after seeing someone on Jeremy Kyle wearing the same outfit as me…. Damn you Primark!). I’ve been taking every opportunity to get reading this month as next month I will have a very teeny person demanding all of my attention. So what have I read so far?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  by Phillip K. Dick

Harry got this book from his parents house and I faintly remember that when he was telling me about how good it is, I simply shunned the idea of reading it. However I found myself short of books and in need of something a bit more stimulating than the christmas novels I’d been reading, so I pinched this off Harry’s bookshelf.  It follows Rick Deckard in a Dystopian society, who’s job is to execute or in the authors words ‘retire’ Androids who have gone rogue. Sci- fi is not my thing but when theres an element of dystopia I just can’t help myself.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I live in North Yorkshire and fairly close to the Moors and I am ashamed to say that I have never read this book! I won’t go into details about the plot as it is a widely known story but it was a good read all in all. I didn’t like Cathy at all and quite frankly had no sympathy for her but I suppose a good book is supposed to evoke an emotion in that way.

My Life on a Plate by India Knight

Before Christmas I read the christmas novel, Comfort and Joy, which I couldn’t seem to put down. When I went back to my mums this month, I just couldn’t face carrying on with Wuthering Heights at the time and needed a little rest from all the spooky moors and undying love. Little did I know when I stole this from mum’s bookcase that this is the prequel to Comfort and Joy and follows Clara Hutt and her not being completely satisfied with her perfect life that she leads. 

Jane eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Yep, another Brontë sister novel. This one is much longer but I am already enjoying it a lot more than Wuthering Heights. I don’t think this will be a hard one to finish and already I am feeling desperately sorry for Jane as a child.

And for a bit of light reading….

Facepaint by Lisa Eldridge

I pick this up on and off like a magazine and I am actually really enjoying it. The photography and illustrations are beautiful and Lisa is a wonderful style of writing.

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

I got this book for christmas and I think it’s meant to be a play on a children/adults book. The plot is too short to even delve into, but I wept at the end. It’s not sad, just beautiful and I am one hormonal pregnant lady who isn’t allowed to eat sugar so the tears were inevitable.


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