The English Patient by Michael Ondaatie

Literary Life: January in Review

January, historically, is my most productive reading month of the year. Come the 1st of January I suddenly feel that spur to read and start the year with something meaningful. That said, I’m glad this month is over. There is something deeply depressing about January (and February, but I’ll save that moan for next month’s wrap up).

However, I’m feeling positive about 2015. I think it’s going to be a great year (well, I’m thinking happy thoughts at least).

Issue 4 of Shiny New Books is out! I’ve written a piece on Harraga by Boualem Sansal, and I particularly enjoyed:

I began re-reading Harry Potter at the end of last year, and it’s just as amazing as the first time around. It’s been a wonderful feeling revisiting the first books that helped me adore reading.

Currently Reading:

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

I’ve Read:

  1. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  2. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  5. The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
  6. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff
  7. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  8. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  9. Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale by David Duchovny
  10. The White Album by Joan Didion
  11. The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth
  12. The Receptionist by Janet Groth
  13. Harraga by Boualem Sansal
  14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In other news:

London dwellers, Daunt Books Festival tickets are now available. It’s running 19th and 20th of March. I’ve got myself a weekend pass, I’m very excited. If you end up going let me know, be lovely to meet some fellow bloggers.


How was your January?

6 thoughts on “Literary Life: January in Review

    1. I really like it, but I’m not that far in. I think I may start again as I’m finding it hard to concentrate on it.

      What Hemingway do you think you will start with? I’ve only read three of his books. I loved The Sun Also Rises and I enjoyed A Moveable Feast. The Old Man and the Sea wasn’t my cup of tea sadly.


  1. Hi Alice! Wow you read lots in January, good on you. What did you think of The Receptionist? I read it last year and found it quite strange (but also really enjoyed it in parts!) She’s a complicated woman. How was the Didion? Would love to read more by her.


    1. I liked it a lot, but more for her writing style (which is beautiful) than the content. I loved that she knew Muriel Spark.

      Joan Didion was inspirational as usual, but I think Slouching Towards Bethlehem will always be my favourite of her books.


  2. My January was good but I expect truly glorious things out of my February. I’m glad you’re enjoying rereading the Harry Potter books! I reread them approximately once a year, the whole series, and I cherish them so much every time.


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