The month of January seems to have flown by this year, what with my birthday and going to the wonderful city of Prague, and visiting my boyfriend for a few days but to much of my dismay I'm ending the month with tonsillitis. I would say that has balanced out what a great month it's been for me, and I'm certain I've never been so positive- everything feels pretty darn good at the moment.
Anyway let me reflect on the month of January with you all...
I started off my year of reading with the wonderful Caroline Wallace's The Finding of Martha Lost, a modern fairy tale to be exact and I'm so excited for you all to pick it up on the 10th of March! It's most definitely my favourite book of the month, everything about it is wonderful and you need it- trust me.
I begun a new series with The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, a unique, gripping and revolutionary read- I'm so excited for the rest of this series and where it will end up. If you love fantasy then this is most definitely for you!
I'm taking part in the #classicschallenge this year by reading one every month of the year at least and I was cheeky enough to squeeze in this adorable little black classic The Beautiful Cassandra that shares the letters of short stories Austen wrote as a young teen for her family and friends- Austen fans this is for you.
Then finally after been given this book some time ago from my friend Hayley at Ed Public Relations- always bringing me the best books and The Queen's Choice by Anne O'Brien is no exception. A period of history set during the 1396 onwards on the edge of The War of the Roses- this is a beautiful historical fiction read that I devoured!
For the first month of the year I didn't expect to obtain as many books as I have, so yay! The Sleeping Prince came as a surprise but thanks to my good friend Faye I am part of her blog tour to promote this second installment to Melinda Salisbury's fantasy series, my post will be up on the 10th of February so look out for that!
Another surprise was Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman, an author I adore having read A Man Called Ove- utterly enchanting read that got me all teary so I'm interested to read this other novel from himself.
Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull is new to me but it's set during the 18th century a time where women were ever more active in their fight for their rights and this particular novel focusses on jobs in science accompanied by a romantic twist too- so a little different but different could be good!
I was lucky to have won The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, I mean the question as to what normal is is an interesting one and from what I've heard this book is a must-read so I'm thoroughly excited to read this.
Lastly I bought two graphic novels, my first graphic novels- I know I'm late to the party but everyone recommended me Saga by Brian. K. Vaughan, and I just loved the sound of Low: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender- the future of living deep under water and the artwork looks superb.
If you want to recommend me some graphic novels then please do!!!
Wow so I actually have a schedule for this month?! I haven't made a schedule for a while now but for February at least I'm going to stick to it and these are my picks, three of them are ARC's: The Sleeping Prince, Glass Sword and Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Then of course to keep up with the #classicschallenge I've decided to return to Orwell with his novel Keep The Aspidistra Flying- a novel I've heard so much about of having the best opening chapter to a book ever so I'm fired up to begin this one!
As for my unrelated book plans for February I don't have many, get better from this awful tonsillitis, carry on with my OU course (which I only have 119 days until I've finished my first year- crazy!), I could potentially be seeing my boyfriend on Valentine's Day which will be strange as I've never celebrated it but it would be wonderful just to see his face.
I have other news, I'm doing a free online course relating to English Literature that I'm starting today- you must think I'm mad for doing another one on top of my OU modules but hey it's free and I only need to work five hours a week on it so I think it could work!
I plan for February to be a busy and productive month, I'm also going to look into plans for summer (a bit early but early means prepared!) so I can get saving and have some wonderful events to look forward to.
What are your plans for February? Any news to tell me? I'd like to know!