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January TBR – Reading Goals

Happy New Year!!

Here’s to another year of fabulous reading, books we love and those we don’t.

I’ve set myself some new goals for 2021. In 2020 I tasked myself with trying to read as many books as possible, I read 95. Which I am quite proud of. I feel like that is a respectable amount of books to have read. This year though, I want to get out of mood reading. Because I have a saddening amount of books on my shelf waiting to be read, and yet I am still buying new ones. So I have dusted off and updated my TBR Jar and I am going to pick 3 books a month out of the jar, those combined with my Book Club read will be my TBR for the month. If I get through them all, I am then going to pick another out of the jar and will add in an amended section on my TBR post!

Whether I will stick at this, I don’t know but I am at least going to try. So without further or do. Here is my TBR Pile for January 2021.

Book Club Book: Shock of the fall – Nathan Filer

Synopsis – “I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.”

1st PickThe Short Knife – Elen Caldecott

Synopsis – The moment the Saxon stepped onto our land, it began. He was the first stone thrown down the mountainside that bounced and rattled the rest loose until I was caught in the landslide. The world seemed to be built by men trying to out-frighten each other. Where was the place for girls like me in all that?

The Roman Empire has withdrawn from Britain, throwing it into the chaos of the Dark Ages. Mai has been kept safe by her father and her sister, Had. But when Saxon warriors arrive at their farm, the family is forced to flee to the hills where British warlords lie in wait. Can Mai survive in a dangerous world where speaking her mother tongue might be deadly, and where even the people she loves can’t be trusted?

2nd Pick – Stranger Things : Darkness on the Edge of Town – Adam Christopher

Synopsis – Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper’s protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked “New York” out of the basement – and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does “Vietnam” mean? And why has he never talked about New York?

Although he’d rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can’t deny the truth any longer. And so begins the the story of the incident in New York – the last big case before everything changed…

3rd Pick – Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Synopsis – Lydia is dead. But they don’t know it yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese-American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfil the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together os destroyed, tumbling them all into chaos.

4th Pick – Little Disasters – Sarah Vaughan

Synopsis – You think you know her. But look a little closer. Then one moment changes everything. Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface – and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself.

That is my January TBR pile! I am looking forward to reading all these books! Let me know if you have read any in the comments and what you thought of them. Sending lots of love!

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