January Wrap-Up

I can’t beleive we’re now into February. If you’re in the UK I don’t know how badly you’ve been affected by the recent bad weather, but we’ve certainly had a dusting of snow where I live over the last couple of days. At least the evenings are starting to get lighter though and that there is the promise of spring just around the corner.

So, first month of the year, I sorted out my priorities first and foremost and set myself a target of reading 200 books this year on Goodreads. I managed to surpass my goal last year of reading 150 books in 2018, so at the moment I’m feeling confident I can manage it. And I am on track as I’ve so far managed to read fourteen books, does starting two of those at the back end of 2018 count as cheating? So, what have I read so far?

  1. Red Snow by Will Dean
  2. The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister
  3. The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve
  4. In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter
  5. The Party by Lisa Hall
  6. The Couple by Sarah Mitchell
  7. Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan
  8. Fade to Grey by John Lincoln
  9. The Secretary by Renee Knight
  10. Promise to the Dead by Victoria Jenkins
  11. Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb
  12. To Catch A Killer by Emma Kavanagh
  13. The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge
  14. Sleep by C.L. Taylor

2019 books

My first five-star read of the year went to Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb which I was on the blog tour for on the 30th January. It’s another fantastic addition to the Lori Anderson series.

I was quite busy on the blog this month. I’ve taken part in nine blog tours, one of which was a guest post and one an extract.

Quite a busy reading schedule for the month ahead as well, as I have nine blog tours in the diary. First for this month is on Monday and that is for Dead Pretty by Candy Denham.

I also managed to make good progress on my own writing in January. I’ve got stuck into editing my first book over the last couple of weeks, while still scribbling away ideas for the second book in the series which I’m getting excited about.

I only attended one book event this month, and that was a Rooftop Book Club event at Headline Publishing for their New Voices 2019 tour. It was fascinating to listen to Richard Lumsden author of The Six Loves of Billy Binnes, Emily Gunnis author of The Girl in the Letter, Rhik Samadder, author of I Never Said I Loved You, Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange and Sarah Davis Goff, author of Last Ones Left Alive. It was a shame that Dominic Nolan couldn’t attend to talk about his debut crime novel, Past Life but I did manage to get a proof copy of the book on the night, and I can’t wait to read it. It was also great to catch up with Karen from My Reading Corner and Linda from Linda’s Book Bag.


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On Monday I’ll be at First Monday Crime in London, and there’s still time for you to reserve your free seat. You can do so by clicking HERE.

So that’s it for January. First month of the year done and dusted. What books have you been reading this month and what are you planning on reading in February? Let me know in the comments, it’ll be great to read them.

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