Books read in January 2015

Last year I did very badly at writing about books I had read on here so to fix that this year I’ll shall list all the books I’ve read each month and pick my favourite one. And I’d love for you guys to comment with what you’ve read as well because I love book recommendations!

Books read this month:

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

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‘Elizabeth is missing’, reads the note in Maud’s pocket in her own handwriting.

Lately, Maud’s been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is smart, cynical, loyal – and well aware that she’s not the hot one in her group of friends. But when high-school jock and all round moron Wesley Rush tells her she’s a DUFF – a Designated, Ugly Fat Friend – Bianca does not the see funny side. She may not be a beauty but she’d never stoop so low as to go anywhere near the likes of Wesley … Or would she? Bianca is about to find out that attraction defies looks and that sometimes your sworn enemies can become your best friends …

The Unfinished Symphony Of You And Me by Lucy Robinson

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Sally is a woman of many (hidden) talents.

She’s been working as wardrobe mistress at the Royal Opera House, not telling a soul she’s a damn good singer. But then, she’s only able to sing if she’s shut inside her wardrobe, where it’s safe.

But she made a promise to her cousin Fiona that she would audition for Opera School and for complicated reasons, she can’t get out of it – even though she’d rather claw her own eyes out than sing in public.

Sally has a lot to learn, but will she figure out that stage fright is about more than forgetting the words? And that perhaps her real problems lie very much closer to home?

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

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freida and isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions – wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative – life as a concubine – is too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of the final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty – her only asset – in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known…

Book of the month:

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel

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DAY ONE

The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.

News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

WEEK TWO

Civilization has crumbled.

YEAR TWENTY

A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.

But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

I loved reading Station Eleven – it’s a unique and imaginative read that kept me hooked to the end. There is a clever inter-weaving of characters as we jump back and forwards in time following the characters before and after the flu outbreak. Although it’sย post apocalyptic, it left me full of hope! I would highly recommend it and I will definitely be reading the author’s earlier works, which are being re-released in March.

What have you read this month?

Victoria

xoxo

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10 thoughts on “Books read in January 2015

  1. I just finished reading The Maze Runner. I really enjoyed it and it ended on such a cliff hanger that I can’t wait to read the next book.

    Love Katie xx

  2. Will definitely have to check out Station Eleven! I very much enjoyed our little bookshop perusal yesterday. I’ve recently finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. A lovely, moving story set in Paris.

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