January was a strange reading month for me – it started off so strong, but then there was a period of about 14 days that I didn’t read anything. Not a single page. The month started off with a very successful Bout of Books readathon, in which I hosted a challenge and did a significant amount of reading. You can read my wrap of of that here.
A friend and I then drove to South Gippsland in Victoria (about a 13 hour drive) to go to a music festival. It was a camping festival and we did quite a bit of drinking and meeting new and wonderful people. We saw some of our favourite bands, like Parkway Drive, Stray from the Path, Confession and Neck Deep. Needless to say, I didn’t get to read a single word. Normally I would read while my friend drove, but I did most of the driving and we talked so much. It was just so nice to be able to have a pressure free weekend and be able to catch up with a good friend.
Anyway, onto more bookish things – my favourite book of January was without doubt Dispatches by Michael Herr. It was my classics club spin, and I had DNF’d it a couple of years ago when I just wasn’t in the mood for nonfic. It just shows that I am such a mood reader that something I DNF’d could then become a favourite after a couple of years. My other reads for the month were not spectacular, and I was quite disappointed with Dead Wake by Erik Larson, because I had such high hopes and expectations.
Books read in January – 7
Birthdays for the Dead – Stuart MacBride – 3 stars
Dead Wake – Erik Larson – 3 stars
The Devil’s Bounty – Sean Black – 3 stars
The Business of Dying – Simon Kernick – 4 stars
A Good Day to Die – Simon Kernick – 3 stars
Dispatches – Michael Herr – 5 stars
The Payback – Simon Kernick – 3 stars
Read my Books Challenge
The Business of Dying by Simon Kernick
1 book read in January / 1 in 2016
Classic a Month Challenge & Classics Club
Dispatches by Michael Herr – Reviewed
Series a Month
Dennis Milne series by Simon Kernick – read 3/3 books.
I’m not going to try and complete a series in February, rather I am going to focus on my steadily growing netgalley pile and clear my backlog. Currently I have 5 on my shelf that need to be read. My goal will be to read 4 of them at least.
I’ve also got quite a few books from the library that need attention, plus my monthly classic. So the following is my tentative TBR for Feb – however I’m not really expecting to read this whole list – maybe five or six from this list.
The Martian – Andy Weir
The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
The Innocent – Sean Black
One Hit – Jack Coughlin
The Wrecking Crew – Taylor Zajonc
Youngblood – Matt Gallagher
Islamism – Tarek Osman
Red Line – Brian Thiem
Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
I am so so excited that I am hosting a readathon for Agnes Grey, it’s the first time I have ever hosted one, so I am so grateful to have people to share this experience with. If you want to be involved, feel free to sign up – it’s still early days!