January Reads 2019

You may (or may not) remember that at the beginning of the year I issued myself a challenge to read at least (but hopefully more than) 30 books in 2019; hoping to rekindle a long lost past-time that I truly cherished.

In case you missed it, you can find the reading challenge blog post here: https://lifeiswhatyoucreateit.com/2019/01/16/oh-to-read/

Now, as January comes to an end, I am really quite proud to say that I have been reading every chance I get. In fact, I have read more books this month than I read the whole of last year. And the more time I find for reading, the more reading time I find. So many little pockets of time to just grab my book and read a page or two.

So happy am I to be reading again, that I have decided to share my favourite books in a blog post each month.

This month I am starting with my latest read, but also my number one, favourite for January. A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I have to admit I have seen this book floating around, being recommended here and there, but until now avoided it. I wasn’t really sure I wanted to read about a grumpy old man and to be honest I don’t often read books written by men. It was actually my husband who bought me the book as a gift – something to read on a weekend away. And I am so glad he did. I have never loved a grumpy old man and his story so much. Ove gave me all the feels. I laughed, I cried, I loved.

A close second and another ‘unputdownable’ read was The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. Oh how I fell for and felt for Jet, Franny and Vincent; my heart soaring, breaking then soaring again as the siblings learn the consequences of their family history, of love and of magic. Set in the 1960’s, it is the prequel to Practical Magic – think Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in the 1998 fantasy drama.

And in third place was Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I devoured it in a day – one self-care Wednesday sitting in a beanbag in the kid’s lounge room – and admit to feeling lost when it ended. Feeling so much empathy and compassion towards each character as I read their skilfully interwoven stories, I couldn’t help but love it…..and wishing there was more.