Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Rachel's Year of the Paperback - January Update

How on earth is it the end of January already? So one month has passed already from this New Year, so a perfect time to reflect on any reading challenges I may have agreed to take part in  at the start of the year. 

There will be an update of the Around The UK In 144 Books challenge coming very soon, Jen, Abbie and myself are working on it at the moment. 

In the mean time, let me take a look at my attempt to read and make a dent specifically in my paperback pile! 

At the start of January, my total of paperbacks stood at 96. 

I then read 11 of them, while also winning 6 and receiving 3 review paperbacks. Which gives me a net dent in the pile by 2. I now only have 94 left to read, so I am making progress. However if the pile only goes down by 2 a month, it could still take me 47 months which almost 4 years to get anywhere near the bottom! 

I was though very good and haven't bought any more yet, although I know February is going to wreck my intentions. 

On 9th February there is the new Jenny Colgan book, The Summer Seaside Kitchen is out and I have every intention of purchasing that. I'm also off to a few book events in February, and from my experience over the last year at least one of them should have a goody bag I will have to show off in next month's update. 

So this is my paperback breakdown for January 2017.

Paperbacks Read (11)

Honeymoon Suite by Wendy Holden - 5 Star Review
New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan - 5 Star Review
Perfect Remains by Helen Fields - 4.5 Star Review
French Legacy by Jennifer Bohnet - 3 Star Review
Our Tiny Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan - Review coming 2nd February
Strangers by Paul Finch - Review coming 3rd February
If Ever I Fall by S.D. Robertson - Review coming 7th February
A Song For Tomorrow by Alice Peterson - Review coming 9th February
Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson - Review coming 16th February
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella - Review coming 17th February
One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis - Review coming 19th February

Paperbacks Won (6)

The Killing Season by Mason Cross
The Samaritan by Mason Cross
The Time To Kill by Mason Cross
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis
One Summer in France by Bev Spicer

Review paperbacks received (3)

Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal - publishing 9th February

It begins with a phone call. Fifteen years ago Nora Watts gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Now Bonnie has vanished and when the police don't seem to care, her desperate parents turn to Nora as a last resort.

Nora knows only too well what happens to missing girls, especially when they aren't blonde or white enough. Despite herself, she sets out to find the daughter she's never known protected only by her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.

As she plunges into her own dark past, Nora uncovers a violent conspiracy on a grand scale that will take her from the rain-soaked streets of Vancouver, to the icy mountains of the Canadian wilderness, and ultimately to a remote island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wishes had never been born.

Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone - publishing 16th March, and my blog tour review will be due 22nd March.

Love is a riddle waiting to be solved…

Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything.

When she finds herself stuck in a doctor’s surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious ‘puzzle-man’ behind it.

Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin. 

Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the pieces together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella - Ebook and Hardcover out on 9th February, Paperback on 13th July

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers. 

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. 

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams - or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. 

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

And so I can keep a track:

Start of year - 96
End of January - 94


  1. Love this post, it's interesting to see how your "challenge" comes along. I can't believe how many books you have won, though =)
    Why don't you buy the books you want to read (like Jenny Colgan's) as e-books if you want to reduce your number of paperbacks?

    1. That's a very good question, there are some authors that my mum loves reading too, and Jenny Colgan is one of them. So I tend to buy them, and then she reads them after me.

      Trust me I have been saying for years I want to buy no more paperbacks but then ones get released that I'd rather read on holiday, and if they go on my kindle I may not see for years as there are so many on there!


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