What I read this month | January 2020

So this is new…

I’ve read six books this month;

  • 3 Audio books (1 a collection of short stories)
  • 1 Hardback
  • 1 E-Book
  • 1 Graphic Novel

If you checked out my blog post at the start of the month, I was hoping to read 4 books this month. As you can see, I pretty much smashed that, but I still only read that were on my TBR list for January; The Five by Hallie Rubenhold and The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell.

I am further along in The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, about half-way I think, yet that and The Demon World by Sally Green, I’ve found I’ve put down again in favour of something I get hooked into.

So without further ado, here’s the books I read in this month.


  • The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell

I’d treated myself to a signed hardback just before Christmas and this was on my TBR pile for January. I’d heard quite a few people enjoy this book and instantly fell in love with the illustrations. It’s a year in the life kinda thing, focusing on nature in the seasons and the affect it has on own brains. It’s made me take note of the little things; bird song, murmuration above the houses and first snowdrops of the year.


  • The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

This was also on my TBR pile for January. It was the first audio book I’d finished for 2020 and thoroughly enjoyed. It follows the background of five of the Jack the Ripper victims, from their birth, family life and troubles, all the way to what ultimately leads them into the path of Jack the Ripper. A interesting and intriguing read!


  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I think as a Bookseller, you should probably have read The Handmaid’s Tale. Especially with The Testaments having been released last year and winner (jointly) the Booker Prize. I found this rather unsettling to read and a tad slow at the start. Rather enjoyed the last chapter – a view of Gilliad as history. I also listened to this on audio.


  • The Travelling Bag and Other Stories by Susan Hill

Another audio book to add to my collection, a fab short read of spooky stories – thoroughly enjoyed! I’d previously read Printer’s Devil Court and enjoyed that so this was a no brainer for me.


  • The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A 2020 release, set to be released next month! A fab, brutishly cold and chilling tale set in a small island in Norway, showing the effects of a collision of religion and witchcraft. Read this in pretty much 2 sittings!


  • The Ink House by Rory Dobner

I fell in love with the illustrations in this book and just had to buy it! A fun, quick read, which I also didn’t realised doubled as a sort of colouring book – although not something I’d do, the illustrations are too pretty for that!

Full reviews will follow shortly – so watch out for those!

Do let me know in the comments below if you’d set yourself a TBR pile for January and how you got on? Did you read any good books this month, any you’d recommend?

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