January has been a month where I’ve – finally – got into a really good routine of reading. I’ve read four books and I’m half way through my fifth as we enter February, so I wanted to share a little summary of the books I’ve read and my thoughts on them.
As Maddie’s Ventures finds its feet in the blogging world, I’m trying out new topics and books is one of them. I’ve never put my thoughts on books onto paper so I apologise if this is not how you write a reading roundup.
So, what books have I been delving into in January 2021?
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Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
After reading – and absolutely loving – Normal People last year, I couldn’t get into Conversations with Friends as easily. So I put the book away and didn’t think much more of it.
Then, in search of a new book to start I decided to give it another go. To avoid putting it down to collect dust again, I read through the first 50 pages in one sitting so I knew what was going on and could get invested in the story quickly.
I don’t think this book was as amazing as Normal People, but I did still really enjoy it. At times, it felt quite stressful and unsettling to read, with some strange characters showing some rather toxic behaviours. It was a good read for someone in their twenties, as it highlighted exactly what I don’t want from friendships or relationships.
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
I absolutely love Dolly Alderton. Her book about her life, Everything I Know About Love, was as wonderful and as much of a must-read as everyone says it is. Dolly Alderton also has a column in The Sunday Times Magazine, offering life advice to those that share their issues to be explored by her.
Ghosts is Dolly Alderton’s novel, focusing on Nina – a 32 year old living in London, in search for love and navigating the demanding and changing world of friendships and family.
I absolutely loved reading this book. It felt like such a real, relatable story to follow. The plot was a bit ‘meh’ at times but it was still a brilliant read nonetheless. I’d definitely recommend giving this a read if you’re looking for an escape from reality during lockdown.
You can pick up a copy of Ghosts here.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
I like to alternate fiction and non-fiction books, although this month I’ve wanted to have more of the fiction escapism that the pandemic is pushing me to.
Atomic Habits is a brilliant book, exploring a really insightful topic that everyone should learn more about. James Clear shares the importance of habits and how we can all make ourselves 1% better every day and see significant improvements over time. It’s the habits that we carry out each day that help us to achieve our long term goals.
The book was really easy to read and set out clear, attainable steps for creating habits that work for you and sticking to them.
A must-read for anyone! Pick up a copy of Atomic Habits here.
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
A friend described The Switch as ‘a hug in a book’ and I’d definitely say that’s true.
Beth O’Leary’s ‘The Flatshare’ was one of my favourite reads of 2020 so I was keen to read The Switch. The book follows Leena and Eileen, a grandmother and her granddaughter, who – as you might guess – switch their lives.
The story is so heart-warming and lovely to follow. The story isn’t especially complicated or descriptive so it’s definitely an easy-read but that doesn’t take away from the feelings it can bring to you.
Another perfect book for escapism! You can buy The Switch here.
So there are my January reads… have you read any of these?
I’m currently reading Where The Crawdads Sing – which I’ll include in my February roundup. On my list for next month, I have:
- Olive by Emma Gannon
- Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
- Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo
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