January Reads


Another year has begun which means another Goodreads challenge to set & start looking forward to things like seeing which books are nominated for book awards.

Unfortunately my health wasn’t great at the start of the year which cut down my reading time dramatically, thankfully it looks like it has now past so onwards to the total of 50 I set for 2018.


Here is what I read in January:


The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne (Review Copy)

Published by Hamish Hamilton

The Adulterants is essentially about a group of people in their 30’s who missed the memo that maybe by now they should at least think about being adults. Ray the books main character is tech journalist who seems to live his life by comparing what he considers a dull life to that of his much more interesting friends but I’m not sure that his wife who is pregnant would entirely feel the same. Ray simply comes across to me as someone who feels that they haven’t achieved much in life so far so is incredibly pessimistic because of this.

The book consists of 5 parts and has no chapters to divide up the story which to be fair works in a book this size and suits the writing style of the author.

My Rating: 3 out of 5



Things Bright and Beautiful by Anbara Salam (Review Copy)

Published by Fig Tree

Things Bright and Beautiful is set in the South Pacific islands in the 50’s and follows the story of Bea and her Missionary husband Max. At first Bea struggles with such an unexpected lifestyle – lack of food, insects & less than friendly locals. All seems well until an unexpected quest arrives.

Mission House was not built for three people and the already tense claustrophobic atmosphere is amplified by the new arrivals incessant humming….

A slow burner of a book glad I stuck with it as it’s well written and descriptive.

My Rating: 3 out of 5


The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Published by Bloomsbury

I had seen Instagram posts about this book and adored the cover so I had to seek it out. The local library is fantastic and I seem to get most books that I request so when I got the notification that this was in I was very eager to collect it as soon as possible. This unfortunately where my love affair with it ended.

it’s all there in theory – Victorian Ghost Story, newly widowed Elsie has to see out the rest of pregnancy alone at her late Husband’s crumbling mansion called The Bridge

The story goes back and forth, to the past and present from 1635 and 1865. This is something that I usually enjoy in writing but even with the addition of mentions of a an asylum & journals in the past couldn’t draw me into it. I wanted this to be a book that I read by candlelight then had to turn the lights on because I was too scared.

The term “Gothic Horror” seems to be to me I feel quite misleading in modern literature. Mostly anything in the last 5 years I have picked up that has this description has left me disappointed The Silent Companions is not the book that will break the drought.

My Rating: 2 out of 5

Have you set a reading goal this year ?

Have you read any of these ?

What are you currently reading ?

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