Literary Life: January in Review

I’ve been book blogging for two years as of this month!

People over the age of 26, do you constantly find yourself asking where ‘time’ has gone – as if it purposely fast-forwards. How is it the end of January already? Back in november I predicted that my months of reading 10+ books were probably over, surprisingly I appear to have been wrong, and for the cause of reading I have instead sacrificed sleep and sanity.  A plus side, I think, to my life slipping through my fingers like sand.

Book Montage

Currently Reading:

The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald


Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut. I would have never of predicted this, but alas it is so; beautifully written, but dull.


This time last year I had read four books, and I was miserable. This year I have read fourteen, and I am happy.

  1. Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink
  2. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
  5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
  6. Bizarre London by David Long
  7. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  8. Some Hope by Edward St Aubyn
  9. Mother’s Milk by Edward St Aubyn
  10. At Last by Edward St Aubyn
  11. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  12. A Good School by Richard Yates
  13. The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells
  14. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (I’m cheating a little bit putting this here as I haven’t finished it, but I know I will be the end of the day. Finished!)


Poetry Discovered:

In Memoriam by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The Road Less Travelled by Robert Frost
Night Poem by Margaret Atwood
Poetry: Confession by Louise Gluck


In other news:

The first month of the I Could Never Do That Book Club has come to a close, we’ve been reading The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells. You can read our discussions here.

Stay tuned for the announcement of February’s book over at the blog!

My wonderful, and best, online friend Manda visited on the Christmas period and the we got to hang out in London together!

How was January for you?

13 thoughts on “Literary Life: January in Review

  1. January was good for me, although not hanging out in London with internet friends-good. (Oh God I miss lovely London.) It flew by! In a good way — mostly a good way — I’m sad football’s just about over, but I had lots of good times with my friends-and-relations, and more of the same upcoming.

    I didn’t do as much reading as I wanted though! Turns out research-reading dramatically cuts into your pleasure-reading time. :p


  2. I know what you mean about time, Alice. Around your age I think I definitely noticed the acceleration, but now I seem to have become accustomed to the new pace. I mostly only notice it over longer periods, like when I’m talking about something I did in 2004, which still seems quite recent to me, and then I realise, “Oh shit, that was 10 years ago!”

    Sounds like a great reading month. Richard Yates is one of those authors I’ve always meant to read but never got around to – same for Edward St Aubyn actually. I found The Year of Magical Thinking very moving. Reviewed it on my blog a few years ago. Happy reading in February!


    1. Good to hear that you can become accustom to the accelerated time, I don’t like that I seem to be a slow person in a fast race. 2004 doesn’t feel like 10 years ago, I’ve changed so much in that time so I guess that may be why.

      I’ll have to check out your review of Joan Didion!


  3. January was good to me. I had my downs but I finished a 1,072 page book by Stephen King. It was called “Under The Dome”. Because I have been visiting your site – it has inspired me to do a book blog as well. Thank you for the inspiration and for having a love for reading.

    Time does make you think where it has gone. I know that by not really having much to do and only reading books. I don’t get out much as I refuse to go hang out with friends – and I’m in my ‘in between’ period. I like it this way. No interruptions but my boyfriend and his family and my dad. Also money was tight last month as well. That’s why I didn’t really go out much. This month is a bit better. Getting to go to the beach and what not. I ordered another Stephen King book off of Amazon. My book shelf is getting more books. :). What would you recommend?


    1. That’s so exciting, I’m very please my humble little bloggy home has made you want to create a book blog as well.

      I’ve been meaning to read Under the Dome since the TV show started, but the 1000+ page count has put me off. How did you enjoy it?

      Oh recommendations, where to begin! I’d say any of the 5 star books on my goodreads profile are a good place to start 😀 it all depends on what sort of thing you are after reading really.


  4. Awesome number, Alice! And yep, time is passing too fast. I’ve often thought is strange how quickly it passes, and the contrast when you see how many books you’ve read that suggest that actually it was slower. Remembering what you read can slow it down, if only in hindsight.


    1. I may give that a go then! Although something about fitting so many books in a year never feels enough – although how people find time to read over 100 books a month baffles me.


  5. I’m 44 and I’m always asking myself where the time has gone. Believe me, it doesn’t slow down after 26. The acceleration, or seeming acceleration, does make me think about what I’m doing with that time: this morning, spending time to read and comment on some of my favorite blogs.

    Congratulations on the two year mark. For anyone to make it past a year these days with blogging is an accomplishment, so two is definitely worth celebrating.

    My January went pretty well…reading-wise and otherwise, considering the weather. Only 7 books, but most were good books and better than last January when I had quite a few DNFs. So I’ll take it. February is getting off to a slow start, but I’m hoping it will pick up soon.


    1. Thanks! I’ve blogged on and off since I was around 17, but I’ve never done it consistently like this before – shows books are my ‘thing’ I guess 🙂

      I think 7 books is a great amount! This month has been a reading fluke for me, I doubt I’ll even read half that number this month. I’m experiencing a slow reading start as well, nothing is clicking like it did in Jan.


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