What Have I Been Reading this Month?


I had the pleasure of being given many books as gifts this Christmas so I’ve not been short of reading material. And this month I have been stuck in bed very poorly so I’ve had plenty of time to read I thought I'd share with you what I've read, so far.

Holding by Graham Norton

This book was a complete unknown for me as I was completely unaware that Graham Norton had written a crime novel.  It had great reviews and I looked forward to reading something a bit different.  When I was reading this and I was asked about whether I was enjoying it or not my main reply was that it was odd.  That being said I wanted to make time to read it and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I feel this book was as much about the characters as it was the crime fighting.  If this turns out to be a series I would certainly pick up the next one happily.

The Blood of an Englishman & A Spoonful of Poison by MC Beaton

I'm reviewing these two as one because otherwise I would be repeating myself.  I enjoyed these for exactly what they are light hearted cosy crime that were a nice easy read when I was tucked up in bed trying to get over a particularly nasty stomach bug earlier this month.  Easy and quick to read with a fun story line

The House at Seas End by Elly Griffiths

I had another of Elly Griffiths books The Chalk Pit on my end of year reading round up blog at the end of last year so I'm definitely a fan.  I have read this series in completely the wrong order but this has not in any way diminished my enjoyment of them.  I enjoy the archaeological side to these books and the way the characters all work together.  If you haven't already discovered the Ruth Galloway series I would highly recommend it.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

I have just finished this and the jury is still out as to whether I enjoyed it or not.  As it has a book within a book I found myself more invested in the characters of the manuscript book than the characters of the main story.  It is overall well written and I would read something else written by Anthony Horowitz because of that.  This book is still probably a solid 3 stars though.

I set myself a reading challenge this year of 50 books.  I feel like I have made a good start on this in January.  I hope everyone is enjoying getting some reading done this is definitely the right time of year to cosy up with a book.