January Reading Summary

January has been a great reading month for me – much better than last January. I read twelve books and although I had mixed feelings about one or two, most of them were wonderful!

January Stats:

Books read: 12
New-to-me authors: 8
Male to female author ratio: 3:9
Publication dates: 19th century – 2; 20th century – 5; 21st century – 5
Countries visited in my reading: England, Ethiopia, USA, Italy/Ancient Rome, Croatia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany


Favourite books read in January:

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
From my review: …even though it’s still only January, I can’t imagine I’ll be reading a lot of books this year that are better than this one.

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
From my review: Our Mutual Friend is such a big, complex novel it does require the reader to invest a lot of time and effort in it, but it was definitely worth it for me!

The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
From my review: …a strange and unusual book which blends historical fiction, science fiction, time travel and psychology. I loved it!

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
I haven’t reviewed this yet, but I can tell you that it was an excellent book and one that I would highly recommend!


Other books read in January:

Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pyjamas by Judy Parkinson
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran – Review to follow
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugresic – Review to follow
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier – Review to follow
Villette by Charlotte Bronte – Review to follow


Challenge progress:

I haven’t made a lot of progress in any of my challenges this month, but I’m not too worried about that as I have plenty of books for all three challenges on my tbr pile and am planning to read some of them in February.

Victorian Literature Challenge: 2/15
Gaskell Reading Challenge: 0/2
Historical Fiction Challenge: 1/20

This month I’m participating in a group read of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novella The Moorland Cottage hosted by Gaskell Blog, which will count towards the Gaskell Reading Challenge.


Other reading/blogging activities in January:

I took part in Bloggiesta the weekend of 21-23 January and although I wasn’t able to spend as much time on it as I would have liked, I still managed to accomplish a few things.
24-30 January was Virago Reading Week. I read The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West and enjoyed them both. I had fun reading everyone else’s posts and adding lots of Viragos to my wish list!

Was January a good month for you?

8 thoughts on “January Reading Summary

  1. Ash says:

    12 books is amazing! I’m really impressed. I haven’t been keeping track of my books this year so I’m not sure how good January was for me yet, maybe I’ll work on that tonight.

  2. The Book Whisperer says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of books (and they’re some big old books too!). I had a mare in January – could barely read a thing; completely lost my mojo.

    I have all your top 4 books at home so I must get to them soon – Alone in Berlin is calling me the most, I think.

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