Looking back and forward…

Now that January is over and February has begun, I can look back in pride at my reading accomplishments over the past month. I have read six books in January!!! I’m so far ahead on my GoodReads reading challenge of 40 books in 2018, so I’m going to work towards my goal of smashing that number out of the park. Now, for some reflections from the past month:

I can’t read everything I am sent in time… how sad.
But that’s okay! A review is still a review whether the book hasn’t been published yet, or it came out 5 years ago.
I can read quicker than I thought.
I actually enjoy stories of espionage.
Young adult fiction can often be more challenging to read than adult fiction.
I love books!

Just to recap, I have read and reviewed the following in January:
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp published 25 January
Ascent by Luke Walker (DNF)
Dark Game by Rachel Lynch published 29 January
Black Heart by Anna-Lou Weatherley published 31 January
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland published 25 January
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson to be published 8 February

need to know

I have loved (most of) these books. I’m happy to say I’ve read two young adult novels which were very different from one another, two detective novels, did not make it through the horror I attempted, and one mystery/family drama/thriller which was just insanely creative and amazing to read.

My highlight for January has definitely been Need to Know by Karen Cleveland, which captivated me from the first page and was such an enjoyable reading adventure. Black Heart is exactly something that I would write; it’s clever, sinister, mysterious and sexy. Dark Game started off as a typical detective story, yet the intricacies woven throughout made it incredibly compelling and spoke to me on a deeper level than most. Before I Let Go resonated with my childish side in regard to fitting in, which I never felt I did in my small village. Finally, The Wren Hunt was very interesting and magical; while it wasn’t exactly my taste, I didn’t struggle to read it and enjoyed the characters and the creepy nature of this novel.

wren hunt

Looking forward…
In February, there are so many new releases (many on the same day!).
Releases of books I have previously reviewed include
8 February;
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson.


I look forward to reading two more to be published on 8 February this week;
The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
A gothic seventeenth-century ghost story set in the Yorkshire moors.
Hangman by Daniel Cole
The second in the Detective William Fawkes series. A dark detective thriller set to be humorous and deadly.

I also aim to read and review:
Proof by Ted Berner
The Trouble Boys by E.R. Fallon to be published 22 February
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney.

I look forward to seeing more of your comments and social media shares, I appreciate every single follower. So much so, that once I reach either 100 blog followers or 500 Twitter followers (@polesofie), I will run a giveaway!

2 thoughts on “Looking back and forward…

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  1. Great post. Totally agree that “a review’s a review”. For new releases I’ve received ARC’s for, I try to get a review out around release date, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t. Blog Tours are a bit different and I’ll always stick to those committed dates. Most importantly, we’ve got to remember this blogging lark’s all a bit of fun 😀

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