My January Bookshelf

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This year I decided to set myself a Good Reads challenge – I aim to read 40 books before the year is over. Last year I ended up reading around thirty, starting strong but failing terribly towards the end of the year. I’m much more determined to reach my goal this year!

I Might Regret This – Abbi Jacobson

My first read of 2019 was a Christmas present from the husband. Abbi Jacobson is one half of the team behind Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’ (AKA one of my favourite shows) and in this book she documents her three week road trip from New York to California. She had just gone through a rough break up and needed to do something. The book flitted between more serious subjects – Stories about her family, how Broad City came to be, the aforementioned break up – and small observations from her time on the road (for example , sleep diaries). I liked the meatier bits but some of it just felt a bit wishy washy. But I love her so it’s okay.

My Mum, Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson

As a child I devoured Jacqueline Wilson books so when I heard there was a new Tracy Beaker story coming out, I had to buy it purely for the nostalgia. Reading it took me straight back to when I was ten, powering through Jacqueline’s words and choosing to read over eating, drinking and socialising. I read it over one afternoon during the holiday period and even though the story was a touch too young for me, I still enjoyed the nod to my youth.

Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist – David Attenborough

Last year I completed ‘Adventures of a Young Naturalist’ and when I saw this on offer for a fiver (for a hardback too) I snapped it up to continue on the adventure with Sir David. It’s pretty chunky so it took me a while to get through, especially as David is so descriptive, but it was still an interesting read and got my feet feeling a little bit itchy. Whilst it still features a whole host of cute and curious critters, this book features more on people and their cultures (as opposed to the first book which was all about the animals).

Why I’m No Longer Speaking To White People About Race – Renni Eddo-Lodge

As an avid Twitter follower of Renni Eddo-Lodge’s, I finally purchased her Sunday Times bestseller book, ‘Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race’. I steam-rollered through this book and truly believe that everyone should read it. I learned so much about black history in the UK and about my own white privilege. I’m actually a little bit ashamed that I knew so little – This should be mandatory reading in schools.

Jog On – Bella Mackie

I bought this book in the hope that would be inspire me to run and yeah, I thought about it, but have I been? Have I chuff. Bella Mackie is a great writer and I think it’s brilliant how running helped her anxiety etc but as I don’t suffer much from anxiety or anything like that, I struggled to relate. I do recommend you follow her on Instagram though as she’s pretty funny.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The characters are pretty unlikeable in The Hunting Party but I still managed to get through it in 24 hours. It’s a murder mystery and if you’ve read a lot of them (like I have) you might guess the outcome but it’s still well worth a read, especially as it’s only a fiver on Amazon at the moment.

Pick of the month?

Renni Eddo-Lodge – Why I’m no longer speaking to white people about race. Like I said, it’s informative, written well and it’s such an important, relevant subject. I also really loved The Hunting Party.

Good Reads challenge total:

6/40 books read.

Are you taking part in a Good Reads challenge this year? What have you read in January that you would recommend?


  • Evie Braithwaite

    01/02/2019 at 3:32 pm

    I read 6 books this month too! I’m also currently 850/1325 pages of the way through ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King, it’s taking a while haha. Omg Jacqueline Wilson dominated my childhood. I’ve been so tempted to purchase her new Tracy Beaker story purely to relish in the nostalgia, this might have convinced me to do it. Hope you have another incredible reading month x

    Evie x |

    1. Alrightblondie

      26/02/2019 at 10:33 am

      Thank you Evie 🙂 I’ve only read a couple of Stephen King books, his writing is too realistic – Creeps me out and I can’t sleep haha!

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