Books of the month: January 2016

Pick of the month

TheJumpJohnstoneI was a bit out of touch for the last half of last year so I relied on the end of year roundups from fellow book bloggers to re-populate my reading wishlist. One such recommendation came from Raven’s Top 5 Books of the Year and, in its turn it has become my first contender for favourite read of 2016. Doug Johnstone’s THE JUMP is unforgettable and understated and its story takes unexpected turns. I adored it and its unlikely, grief-stricken heroine Ellie.

I was lucky enough to have some other terrific reading during the month and can recommend any of the below books that are marked with an asterisk.

The rest, in reading order 

Progress Towards 2016’s Bookish Goals

Challenge Goal Progress
Australian Women Writers Challenge Read 25 eligible books, review at least 20 of them  Read and reviewed 2 books
Reading US Fiction Challenge Read 6 books by new to me authors set in different states of the US  1/6 achieved
Personal – Reduce TBR Have a TBR of 100 or less by the end of 2016 (starting point 145)  TBR = 144 at end of month
Personal – Buy Australian Buy no physical or eBooks from non-Australian stores  So far so good
Personal – Read older books too Participate in at least 6 of the monthly Crimes of the Century challenges hosted at Past Offences  1/6 achieved

I’m pleased with my start to the year from this bookish perspective as most challenges are on track. Though I’d like to have reduced that TBR a bit more. In my defence I read 8 books that I owned prior to the start of this year…but I also added some new books thanks to holiday book vouchers and did read several library books (these of course are never counted in my TBR so reading them does nothing to reduce my mountain).

Looking ahead

February started with a week of exhausting gastro bug and no reading (honestly all I did for 5 days was feel sorry for myself and doze through endless episodes of Lewis and Endeavour via a local streaming service) but I’m feeling better now. A big haul of library books includes Helen Garner’s THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF – my first true crime read in many years – and a new book by Antti Tuomainen, whose last novel, THE HEALER, was a favourite read of 2013

What about you? Has your year’s reading gotten off to a good start? Anything in particular taken your fancy? Is there a new release due out that you’re especially looking forward to?

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4 Responses to Books of the month: January 2016

  1. Sorry to hear you were sick, Bernadette. Glad to hear you’re on the mend now. I’m impressed with the progress you’re making towards your reading goals. Good way to get back into the reading mojo mode again.

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  2. Thanks Bernadette and so thrilled that you loved The Jump- so poignant and atmospheric. It was strange because I didn’t pick it as my book of the month when I read it, but it kept niggling away at me so couldn’t refuse it a top 5 place! Looking forward to seeing what else you will be reading and your challenges 🙂

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  3. tracybham says:

    I had a great start to the year in January, read lots of wonderful books and made some progress on the TBR pile and have not bought any new books to read. In February I am slowing down though. I was disappointed you did not like Restless, because I bought a copy at the book sale, but I will try it still. And I have Stabenow’s book and the Michael Gilbert book to look forward to.

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