January Books


The ever so long stretching of that first chunk of the year is finally over. January felt like 3 months scooped into 31 days, but it’s finally February. One of my new year goals is to write a book related blog post each month. These blog posts will be at the end of each month, talking through each book I have read during that month. During January, I’ve managed to read 4 books, which is a great start for my 30 books challenge for 2020!

Calypso – David Sedaris

I saw this book all over Instagram and it had great reviews, so I was intrigued to read it! I enjoyed it a lot at the beginning, as it wasn’t like something i had read before. Sedaris shares personal anecdotes and stories in the form of short essays throughout the book. There are some really funny ones in there, but also some heartfelt and touching ones too. Towards the end of the book, I felt like it had been dragging out a bit and didn’t seem to enjoy those parts. All in all, Calypso was an okay read and I definitely would read another Sedaris book!

Just Kids – Patti Smith

One of the best books I’ve read ever; and that is a bold statement. I read my first Patti Smith book last year around this time and loved every bit of it. A year on, I read my second Patti Smith book and felt the same way towards it! For those of you who do not know, Patti Smith writes about the particular stages of her life, through thoughts, feelings, emotions and polaroids! You can definitely tell you’re reading her diary and it feels very personal and sentimental! Throughout Just Kids, Patti Smith talks about her journey to becoming who she is now and what hurdles she had to past and with whom. Such a touching read!

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

This has got to be one of the first books that I have started reading and did not enjoy from the very beginning. The Handmaid’s Tale had been on my to be read list for a while and I started it as I wanted to read the sequel to it! I had high expectations from this book as its one that majority enjoy and love! For me, I felt like it touched on a lot of the small details of stuff that wasn’t really relevant. I definitely expected it to touch on the issues surrounding feminism and female inequality way more!

This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, one that I read whenever possible and finished up in 2 days! It’s one of those that you can dip in and out of easily and will still be able to follow along the plot of the book! Adam Kay shares his diary entries whilst he wrote when he was a junior doctor. It is a great and funny read that will definitely make you giggle! I love the way he describes his patients and the cases he had to deal with!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post, these are all of the books I read in January, I’m aiming to read another 4 in February. Comment down below some of the books you read last month!

Ayse x


12 responses to “January Books”

  1. I’ll certainly consider getting myself a copy of ‘Calypso – David Sedaris’. I somehow haven’t heard of it before, but it seems interesting enough to delve into and will be a new genre to explore this new year.

    Thanks for sharing as always x

  2. Adria says:

    All four of these just so happen to be on my tbr and knowing you liked most of them makes me want to get them even more now! x

  3. SOUHAILA says:

    I need to get my hand on Calypso, I heard good things about it and about the author. great reviews x

  4. melina elisa says:

    I’m surprised to hear that you didn’t enjoy handmaid’s tale! I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, mainly because I’m trying to read some of the books I already own before buying more! Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

  5. Lisa says:

    I haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale but I do love Margaret Atwood. Her The Blind Assassin is one of my all-time faves. And I loved This Is Going To Hurt too, such an eye-opener.

  6. Laura says:

    3 out of 4 books are on my to read list, and i do similar posts on the books of the month !! I’m really curious now to see if i will like Calypso and The Handmaid’s Tale.
    In february I’ve read Tracks by Robyn Davidson, American Pastoral by Philip Roth and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K.Rowling). I would recomend all of them, but if you want a review I have a post over on my blog !
    Nice reads anyway !

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