January 2019 Wrap Up

Posted in Books
on 03/02/2019
The cover of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features the actress herself in THAT famous emerald dress.

January was a good month for reading! I got through most January TBR of my and a couple of others too, plus I picked up some sick reads for next month. Tearjerkers take pride of place this month’s wrap up (maybe it’s something about January?) because my gosh did I cry through some of these books. I also found it so hard to pick up a book – I think going back to work after my three weeks off over Christmas ruined me. Anyway, I still did relatively okay this months – eight books means I’m on track for my goal of 100 and I’m going to take some of my own advice to get me through the last of the dark days of winter!

Anyway, enough rambling – let’s jump in to my January Wrap Up!

A quick heads up for you, there are affiliate links within this post that, should you purchase anything through them, I will earn commission. This is at no extra charge to you. I also received some of these books for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Book of the Month

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid

The cover of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features the actress herself in THAT famous emerald dress.

Yes, I’m jumping on the bandwagon, here, but this book is just so good. It it not the type of book I usually read, but I could not put it down and I ended up reading it in one sitting! It made me laugh, cry, and angry – sometimes all at once

Evelyn Hugo is a famous actress who, after a colourful life, has lived in relative silence for many years. Until she wants her story to be told and, to the disappointment of many, she chooses Monique Grant, a relatively unheard freelancer, as the person to write her story. The book follows the journey of her rise to fame, the behind the scenes sadness, and her relationships.

I don’t want to write too much as I’ve got a fuller review coming soon, but this is such a beautiful book – I cannot recommend it enough.


Yes, this girl finally read a book by Victoria Schwab and I’m completely in love. City of Ghosts was my first read of 2019 and I’m v. excited for Tunnel of Bones in September! I’ve got A Darker Shade of Magic and Vicious lined up in my February TBR. The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, by Anstey Harris, was an “ooooo, that front cover is v. cute” purchase and, you know what, it turned out to be a bloody good read too!

Michelle Kenney’s Book of Fire and City of Dust were my rollercoaster reads. I think I enjoyed Book of Fire slightly more than the second installment. Everything was new and there was an enemy to sort of lovers trope that will get me every time, whereas that wasn’t so prevalent in the second (for various reasons that would spoil the books if I told you what they were).

One Of Us is Lying kept me guessing up until it was so obvious I felt a little stupid for not spotting the ending. A brilliant read and I finished just before Karen McManus’s next book, Two Can Keep a Secret, came out – keep an eye out for that in my TBR!

The saddest moment of the month had to be not enjoying A Dance of Air and Water. Look, it’s a decent book, but I’ve read it before in a million different ways. And, whilst it is refreshing to see LGBT+ characters within a book, I just think that the author was clumsy with it and missed the mark.

Currently Reading

I was so pumped for Red Snow to come out last month so I decided to do a re-read of the first book in the series, Dark Pines, ahead of the publication of the next installment. Then I got distracted, and work got hectic, and I still haven’t finished it. Fingers crossed I’ll get this and Red Snow done in February as there are some big books on their way that I am dying to get my hands on!

When I first bought The Binding, I’m not going to lie, I bought it for the cover. It is beautiful. And the story was blossoming into something beautiful too. Until it wasn’t. And now I’m fighting to not DNF the book and that is making me so sad.


A beautifully written book, it just wasn't my cup of tea.I warned you in last month’s TBR – this book was massively out of my comfort zone. Unfortunately, that has proven to be it’s downfall.

The Far Field, by Madhuri Vijay, is a beautifully written book. Very descriptive and a story that should grip anyone. It just wasn’t the type of book I needed this month. A very sad DNF for me!


So, there you have my January Wrap Up! Full reviews of each book will be coming soon, I just need to pull my finger out and get writing! What were your reads of January? Did we read any of the same books?

*Updated to include disclosure at the top of the article. Sorry for any confusion.
Yellow and black tend to mean bad, like wasps. Doesn't bode well for the colour scheme of The Flower Girls then, does it?
There should be more anti-hero characters in books. The Ruin of Kings is going to be so much fun.


  • Lavrax Rinc

    Omg girl you put me to shame with my lack of reading! You’re getting through your TBR pile so well. That is absolutely unheard of for me hahaha

    03/02/2019 at 11:47 am Reply
  • Lindsay

    I am currently reading (well, listening to the audiobook of Evelyn Hugo… and it is TOTALLY living up to the hype that everyone is giving it! I have also read City of Ghosts by Schwab and it was one of my top reads of 2018! I loved it!

    03/02/2019 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Sharon

    Just reserved The Seven Husbands if Evelyn Hugo thanks for the glowing review ?

    04/02/2019 at 1:03 am Reply
  • Sarah Winton

    I really want to read most of these books! Especially One of Us is Lying.

    04/02/2019 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Gemma Tidmarsh

    Well done for getting through that many books! One of my aims for this month is to read more!

    04/02/2019 at 7:18 pm Reply
  • Alex

    I really need to get back into reading again. I miss it! Thanks for the recommendations – I’ll definitely jot some down!


    04/02/2019 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Jules_writes

    So many good books and a great selection. I really want to pick up seven husbands soon.

    Happy to have found your blog.

    04/02/2019 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Alyssa Cohen

    I plan on picking up Evelyn Hugo by the end of the month and I really hope it lives up to all of the hype!!!!!

    05/02/2019 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • em

    well done on smashing your Jan TBR 🙂 great reading x

    05/02/2019 at 5:05 pm Reply
  • Chloe Osborn

    Wow you’ve read so many, it makes me ashamed of my lack of reading! Really want to read the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo now as I’ve seen it praised multiple times on blogs. One of Us is Lying is on my to read list so I’m happy to see you enjoyed that too. Looking forward to seeing your reviews!

    05/02/2019 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Alisha Valerie

    I totally need to start reading more! I’ve heard so many great things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Great blog post lovely ?

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    05/02/2019 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Ashley Firth

    The 7 husbands sounds like a great read, and a book right up my street. I love a book that can make you feel all sorts of emotions at once like that! To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it before but I will definitely be giving it a read xxx

    05/02/2019 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • The Daily Maria

    Evelyn Hugo is definitely on my tbr. Everyone is talking about this book and how great it is.


    06/02/2019 at 1:38 pm Reply
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