January Reads Review

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JSo I’m not sure If I wrote/posted about my #NYResolutions but one of them was to read 12 books this year. 

Now please don’t judge me, as I know this is really not that many, but…. I have a 16 month old who still doesn’t love to sleep all night in his own bed, and I work part time and I try my best to cook and exercise and all the other adulting things you have to do in life. So basically I am tired and in the past only read when I got into bed, and when I say read I actually mean to write “read the same sentence 4 times and then feel my eye lids get very heavy!” Which means that I don’t get through a lot of books! 

So this year, we have started to have a little more structure in our evenings: We all eat together, bath the boy give him his bottle and get him to bed by around 7:30. We then, most nights, do some yoga or a meditation and then we pop on the super chilled music and read for a good hour or so (depending on how good the book is or how heavy them eyelids get!) 

So I thought I would write a little bit about the books (yes I did say bookS!!!!) I have read in January! 

I have a very eclectic taste in book choice and would say I am happy to give any genre a good go, but as you will see, I am loving true crime/crime books at the moment. 

If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood – Gregg Olson

(I read this through the Kindle Unlimited app, but would cost £3.98 to buy)

This is a true story of three sisters and how they survived a terrible childhood with a sadistic mother. 

The book is written in the style of a documentary with interviews and information from the sisters point of view. 

In a bit of a weird way, I found this book really easy to read and ended up feeling so incredibly lucky to have had such a wonderful childhood! Deffo gave me a lot of tips on what not to do with Ezra!

The Cows – Dawn O Porter

(Again, I read this on the Kindle Unlimited Free trial, normally £2.99)

So I decided to read this book, because my partner reads really clever and thought provoking books so I thought I would try to do the same and this was recommended on the App! 

This book is the stories of three very different women who’s paths cross.

The description says: Through friendship and conflict, difference and likeness, they’ll learn to find their own voices – So I was excited to get reading it, but found it so stressful and anxiety inducing that I really didn’t enjoy it! I did read it all and got to the point where I was so mad with the ending that I actually shouted out loud. 

So I guess that in some sense, it was actually a really good book. However, if you are an anxious person (which I would honestly say I am not!) I would probably give this book a miss until you are feeling really zen and not worried!!

Kill ‘Em All: A True Story of Abuse, Revenge and the Making of a Monster – Ryan Green

(Another on from the Kindle Unlimited Trial – otherwise £2.99)

So according to the write up, this is a chilling and gripping account of one of the most brutal and gruesome true crime stories in American history. I started to read this and got to about page 98, but had to cancel my free trial as I don’t think I can justify paying the subscription fee!

It was well written but it was very gruesome and sometime not nice to read about! Having said that I would probably finish it, if I got the chance to again! 

So once my free trial was up, I remembered that our local library has an app where you can download a whole load of books! So this is where I will be reading from February onwards. 

I have loved reading as much as we have so far this year and really hope to keep it up for the rest of the year. If I carry on at this rate I will smash my 12 book target by June! 

Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

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