What I’ve Been Reading // January

Well, as you can see, January was a very good month for reading for me. I think it’s because now that all the business of Christmas is out of the way, I’ve had a lot more time to sit down and have a proper read. I switched up the genre’s a bit too, so I read a bit of fantasy, some thrillers, a beautiful dog story and a non-fiction dog story, I thoroughly enjoyed every single one and as usual, I’ve shared my thoughts on each of them below.

The Vampire Diaries – Midnight ★★★★
If you saw my post about all TVD books, you’ll know that I was a bit on the fence with all of them, but then I had a break from them over Christmas and came back to read the last one from the mini series (the return), and I bloody loved it. I don’t know what it was but this book was so much better than the others, it was written better, the story was better and the suspense was real. It carries on from the other 6 books, with Elena and the gang trying to put a stop to the horrible things going on in town, and it does finally come to a conclusion, a really good one too, not what I was expecting anyway. I just loved it. I have pulled myself away from the series again to read something different but I’m already looking forward to reading the next one.

Shadows ★★★★★
Strangers, by the same Author, is one of my favourite Crime Thrillers ever, I recommend it to everyone and I talk about it all the time. So when I saw that there was going to be a second book in the Lucy Clayburn series, of course I pre-ordered it and I’ve had it since it was released. I did however get stuck in a series so I did have to finish that first, but I took no time in deciding what I’d read next because I couldn’t wait to see what Lucy got up to next. It is a crime thriller, so it follow’s PC Lucy Clayburn working a normal police life in Manchester, that is until a murderer from another area decides to pay a visit. But that’s not the only case that Lucy needs to crack, there’s a hell of a lot more going on right under her nose. I had no idea where the book was going, I was actually really confused as to whether there was going to be a proper plot to this book or whether we’d be going into quite a few different cases, but there is a plot alright, and it’s a bloody good one too, not one that I saw coming anyway. Already looking forward to the next one!

A Dogs Way Home ★★★★★
This is another one of them ‘as soon as I saw it I bought it’ cases, but it really wasn’t just about the cover this time, the dog in the story, who also narrates it, is called Bella, just like my little fur baby and it’s written by one incredible man – W. Bruce Cameron. Bruce wrote, the now amazing film, A Dog’s Purpose, which quickly became one of my all time favourite films, EVER, so of course I needed to see what else he’s written. This story is kind of the same as A Dog’s Purpose, well it has the same feeling anyway, but in this book, the dog doesn’t pass away and move on to a new life and so on, this story follow’s Bella, who get’s taken away from her owner, making her way back to him, over 400 miles. It’s full of heartache, laughter and there’s even quite a bit of suspense, but it’s light hearted and really fun to read but over all, it’s the most heart warming book ever and if you are a dog lover, or just own a dog I am sure you will love it too. Oh, it’s also getting turned into a film! & I cannot wait!

Last Seen ★★★★★
The moment that I read the first page I knew I’d love this book, I can’t believe how quickly it got into the story, I ended up reading the first 150 pages straight off, I couldn’t actually put it down. So well written, so full of suspense, every page was incredible. The story’s hard to explain, but I’ll give it a go. 7 years ago, two 10 year old boys swim out to a buoy and only one comes back, present day, the boy who made it back, Jacob, has gone missing, and someone must know something. I knew there were going to be secrets in this book but I never imagined there’d be as many secrets as there were, I hardly saw any of them coming and the ending completely caught me off guard. I still have hundreds of questions but the mystery around this book is what makes it so amazing.

The Foster Child ★★★★★
Jenny Blackhurst is definitely one of my favourite authors, both her other books (How I Lost You & Before I Let You In) had me hooked from the very first page, so I did have extremely high hopes for her third book, and I hate to say it, but at first I was quite disappointed, it seemed to start quite slow but I really just wanted to get my teeth into the main story – looking back now though, I definitely don’t think it would have been the same if we didn’t get such a good back story on Imogen – It didn’t take me long to get completely sucked in though, I couldn’t put it down. I was constantly second guessing myself throughout this book because, there’s an 11 year old girl called Ellie, who is made out to have supernatural powers, of course my first thoughts were ‘no way, this books not going to be about a child with supernatural powers’ but then something happens and it made me change my mind, and then something else happens and I changed my mind again. It blew my mind more than once and I absolutely loved it, now I’m praying that there will be a second one because I have way too many questions!

Bilbo The Lifeguard Dog ★★★★
I’ve got to say, this book is not what I was expecting at all, I knew of course it was going to be a bit like an autobiography, but not as much as it was, so I was left a little disappointed, I wanted more of a story from it, a story of Steve and Bilbo’s life, but it kept jumping from one year to the next and half the time I didn’t know where I was with it, I think it needed a bit more structure. But, I loved it. Bilbo was such an incredible dog, and I honestly felt privileged to be able to read about him. It definitely broke my heart and I did tear up a bit, but it also many me smile and laugh a lot, I really didn’t want it to end.

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  1. 02/05/2018 / 7:12 pm

    Great post. Thanks for sharing these books.

  2. 02/06/2018 / 5:00 pm

    whoa didn’t know they had a TVD book series! definitely gonna check that out over summer! always looking for a good read – thank you for sharing

    • 02/09/2018 / 12:24 pm

      It’s nothing like the series so be careful you might hate it!! You’ll have to come back and let me know what you think!

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