Bye-bye January! #wrapup

I woke up to a Brexit hangover, a weakened eyesight, and a problem. I can’t solve the first two items, but here’s my problem: how do I wrap up my months in 2020? To be honest, I had been thinking about it for the last fifteen days. Yeah, I sometimes have time on my hands. Usually at night, with my friend Insomnia!

So here’s a try at a different wrap-up. It’ll probably evolve as the year goes by. Or be totally left to die in a corner!

january wrap-up


There won’t be any numbers in my wrap-up posts. Firstly because I have decided not to use a spreadsheet for 2020. I spent too much time last year filling the cases instead of reading. So I won’t tell you how many books I have read each month. To be honest, I don’t even know myself! Well, my reading journal knows but I won’t go and check! Also, numbers keep putting pressure on me. I declare Chocolate’n’Waffles a number-free zone!

Now that this is out of the way, let’s see if I actually have things to put into a wrap-up!

What did I review in January?

January was a CRAZY reviewing month! I was finally able to shout my love for certain books I had read a few weeks earlier. Keeping your thoughts to yourself is HARD, especially after four years of book blogging!

I have stopped giving stars when reviewing except when all stars are needed, but I thought it would be good to have a sort of ranking at the end of the month so 1) I can think back on the reading and fine-tune my opinion 2) give you an idea of where the book is on my love-scale so you could appreciate the reviews better. Here we are!

5 stars

Lazy Saturday Review: #BlackSummer by M.W. Craven @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK @DavidHHeadley

Hear Them Scream: #PerfectRemains #audiobook by @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour

My Book of the Year: Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton @Rosamundlupton @VikingBooksUK @EllieeHud #PubDay #BlogTour #ThreeHoursNovel

Love Hurts: #TheDilemma by B.A. Paris @BAParisAuthor @HQstories #BlogTour

I took a risk by announcing Three Hours was a 2020 favourite and would be on my top of the year in December, but this shows how much I LOVE THIS BOOK!

I didn’t mean to hand out so many 5-star reviews, but hey, I won’t deny them their shiny badges because they deserve it!

4.5 stars

Hungry for More: #NineElms by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @TheCrimeVault #BlogTour

Have You Seen This Girl: #AliceTealeIsMissing by H.A. Linksey @HowardLinskey @PenguinUKBooks @sriya__v #BlogTour

Amazing discoveries! Different books, but equally brilliant. I am glad I finally got to read those authors’ work!

4 stars

Shattered Family Portraits: #YourHouseWillPay by Steph Cha @stephycha @Faberbooks #BlogTour @laurennicoll_

Wow! What a read! Very topical, very contemporary despite the roots being set in the 90s. Everyone should read it!

Scars from the Past: #BloodforBlood by @VictoriaSelman


A Hug in a Book: #The24HourCafé by Libby Page @LibbyPageWrites @orionbooks @gigicroft @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour

The Sound of the End: #ASilentDeath by Peter May @authorpetermay @QuercusBooks @midaspr @riverrunbooks #BlogTour

Take my Hand: When We Get to the Island by Alex Nye @FledglingPress @AlexNyeWriter @LoveBooksTours

I’ll Be There for You: #TheMothers by Sarah J. Naughton @SarahJNaughton @Tr4cyF3nt0n @TrapezeBooks #BlogTour

YA and up-lit around here? See, I don’t always think about murders! I enjoyed those novels.


Lazy Saturday Review: #Hysteria by L.J. Ross @LJRoss_author

I had a good time with Dr Gregory, and I am looking forward to the next book.

Which books were added to my shelves?

I really have to make an effort here! I receive the book, I cuddle them, and then I forget to make a list!!! Let’s see if my memory can make it… I will throw in books I bought, those I received or borrowed, and everything in between!

In no particular order…

Book-wise, how did January treat you? I am more than satisfied with my reading to kick off this year, and by the look of things, it’ll only get better!






10 thoughts on “Bye-bye January! #wrapup”

  1. Oh wow sounds like your reading January was brilliant! And you got so many fantastic books as well… I’m happy to see Tilly and Poe on here as well as Nine Elms. I want to read Things In Jars soon too and I might be a tiny bit jealous of your copy of the new Swanson! 😉 Have a wonderful February. ❤


  2. You really DO read a staggering amount of books, so I completely understand if you want to make your blog a number-free zone. It only matters what’s best for you and if you don’t need that kind of pressure than away with it 🙂
    I am sorry about the Brexit stress and hope that it won’t affect your stay in London on the long run. Have a great February!!! ❤


  3. Lots of lovely reviews and lots of books to read. I like the no number thing. It should be about the enjoyment of books and all things bookish and this is what this is. 😊
    My reading for the start of 2020 has had some good reads in it. I just need a big catch up on reviews. That will come in time. 😊
    Hope Feb is a good reading month too.
    Amanda xx


    1. Absolutely! I am tired of the numbers, the race, the ‘how many books can I read/buy/receive in a week’ thing. The pleasure is in reading!
      I try not to fall behind on reviews or it takes me months to get back to it haha!
      Sending much love xxx


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