One of my favourite things to do is to sit with a hot cup of tea and good book. I have actively been putting time aside to do this as I think it can sometimes be so easy to push what we enjoy doing to one side and instead do something that we feel we should do.

I have read a couple of books already this January and I have also picked up a few new ones that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into, hopefully over the next few weeks. Firstly, here are January’s Recent Reads;

My Sister Lives On the Mantelpiece

This was a book that was chosen as January’s read for the book club that I attend. We usually aim to read history based novels, however sometimes we just have to deal with whatever the library has available for us. I really enjoyed reading this heartfelt yet difficult story that was told from the point of view of a ten-year-old boy, reflecting on his family life after the death of his older sister five years previously. Although it seems like very heavy content, it was actually fairly light-hearted with a pinch of comedic value. 

I found it very interesting reading about loss from the point of view of a child who behaved in a way that he felt he should, yet he was constantly fighting for the love and approval from his parents and surviving older sister. I read this book in a matter of days as I found the story very gripping and hard to get out of my head – I constantly wanted to keep reading. 

The Ice Twins

This is another story of loss, however it has a thriller-like style as bits and pieces of information are drip-fed to the reader throughout the book. It is written from the point of view of a mother and father who lost one of their twin daughters at the age of six. The story is set fourteen months after the accident and the parents discover that their surviving daughter is having an identity crisis, in that she claims to her parents she is in fact Lydia, not Kirsty, the twin who actually died. 

It is a gripping story as both parents are dealing with this information differently and nothing is quite as it seems. It is one that keeps you guessing right until the last page, which is always a winning point for me.  

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

I want to read more classic novels alongside my fantasy and thriller type books, and I was given this beautiful cloth bound version of Huckleberry Finn for Christmas last year and I have finally got around to reading it. Although I must admit that I stopped reading when I got about half way through… This is a good story set in the early 1800s, about a boy trying to escape his drunk of a father and his adventures with a run-away slave. 

Although I have enjoyed the story, it is a very difficult book to read. As it is set in the southern states of America, Mark Twain has made it so that the book is written in the way that the uneducated, and the slaves of the south would speak. I found it quite tiresome to read a book that is written in this way as I found I was losing the plot of the story because I was concentrating so much on trying to work out what was being said. I do want to go back and pick up the book again, but just now a feel as though I need a bit of a break. 

New Reads

As well as some recent reads, I thought that I would share a few new books that I have purchased recently. Waterstones had an offer on the Miss Peregrine’s series and as I have already read the first in the three-part series, I thought I would treat myself to the second and third. I really enjoyed the first book and I am excited to find out what happens to the characters as it was left on a fairly large cliff hanger. 

Another book I picked up recently is Muse which is written by Jessie Burton, the writer of The Miniaturist which I read last summer. I really enjoyed Burton’s style of writing and the way she made the characters so easy to connect with as a reader. The Muse has had a bit of hype about it and so when I saw it on offer in Sainsbury’s last week, I decided to pick it up and add it to my ever growing list of books to read… 


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