Reading Wrap-Up | January 2022! | a good start to the year

I had a pretty good start to my reading year of 2022! I got off to a good start and attempted a Storygraph challenge of reading every single day. I found it hard, but it really prioritised reading – even for just a few minutes a day – and when I found on February 3rd I hadn’t read for two days, I’d already noticed a decline in my mental health. January was great for reminding me how much I love reading.

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7 Ways to Organise Your Bookshelves!

It’s January, and like many of us, maybe you are looking to do a bit of organisation. I for one “sorted my life out” a month or so ago, and now I have moved onto our office/craft space to organise!

This area includes lots of books and bookshelves, so I am already thinking about how to organise these, as well as my three big bookshelves in my bedroom. I’ve tried a few different organisational ideas over the years, and here are a few ideas for you!

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2021: My Best and Worst Books of the Year | 12 Days of Blogmas

I had a pretty good reading year – my average rating was over 4/5 stars! So when it came to finding my best and ‘worst’ books of the year, it was actually quite hard to choose. I enjoy looking back at the books that I enjoyed and didn’t – I just think it’s really interesting!

Below I have 15 books listed – 5 worst books, 5 best books, and 5 special mentions. Let’s get into it!

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Why I Love my Reading Journal | 12 Days of Blogmas

In April 2020, I decided I was going to keep a reading journal.

For most of my life, I’ve been writing reviews – I used to keep PowerPoints and each book would have a slide. I think this started in 2013, before I began this blog, and then my reviews transferred to Goodreads and I would post a book review for every book I read. But in 2020, the world – well, you know what happened.

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Books I Received for Christmas! | 12 Days of Blogmas

I’ve been so fortunate to receive some wonderful presents this Christmas including some amazing books! I also have some in the post thanks to some book vouchers I received too, and I will be writing a future post about all the books I bought with those vouchers. Let’s just say, I’ll be reading a lot in 2022!

In my stocking, Santa gave me three books!

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Books to Read During Twixmas | 12 Days of Blogmas

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The time period between Christmas and New Years where you have lots of opportunity to sit around and read books.

I’ve heard a lot about “Twixmas” this year, mainly because my dad is obsessed with the word. I love Twixmas – we often don’t do much aside from going to look at Christmas lights, and it means I often have lots of time to read the pile of books I received for Christmas! Most people in my life know me as a huge book lover, which means that most presents I receive are something bookish related. I even received a book-themed soap from my work Secret Santa this year!

So obviously I had to start my 12 Days of Blogmas this year with a list of book recommendations!

For someone who loves epic tomes…

The Priory of the Orange Tree

This one has to be Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This book is chunky but is perfect for Twixmas as you probably have lots of undivided reading time! This epic fantasy novel has dragons and battles, and queens and heroes. I actually only got half way through this one before I put it down – not due to the novel but due to life happenings – so I think this might be the perfect time for me to start again!

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

For someone who loves reflective fiction…

I don’t read much adult fiction, but if you love it, you might be interested in Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This book will make you feel sadness and joy, and reflect on your own life. It’s also the first in a series so there’s more to read if you enjoy it! This is a book you’ll want to read slowly to enjoy every moment of it.

For someone who loves to read about others…

Down in the Valley by Laurie Lee

For something delightfully Christmassy, Laurie Lee’s Down in the Valley is perfect. This is an adaptation of Lee’s BBC TV show, about his life and his memories of growing up in a valley. The acclaimed writer of Cider with Rosie takes us on a journey through his memories. I read this one in January 2021, and it was a great antidote to the cold outside!

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

For someone who loves a tear jerker…

Okay, Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is one of my favourite books of the year. Every time I pick it up to flick through, I can’t help but let me eyes get glued to the page and sucked back into the world of the story. Every word has been meticulously picked without seeming like she tried too hard. The story will make you consider what you knew at twelve and what it means to you now. It will make you consider outsiders and insiders and everyone else you thought you knew.

Howards End

For someone who loves accessible classics…

Howard’s End by EM Forster is accessible and desirable for anyone. This is proclaimed as his finest work (though I really enjoyed A Room with a View!) and follows three English families in the 1900s. I’ve not seen it, but I do know there is a TV adaptation too, so that might help with the long winter nights!

What books would you add to this list? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and maybe pick up one of these books to add to your TBR for the Twixmas period!

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Until next time

Hannah x

Books I’d Love to See Under my Christmas Tree!

I’d been in a put of a book slump, but the past couple of weeks has rejuvenated my love of literature, and has got me very excited to think about the books I’d love to get my mitts on!

Of course, I have tonnes of books unread on my shelves, but like any bookworm (read: hoarder) I am always looking for interesting new tomes to add to the list…

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