Month in Books: January 2014

I read a lot of books that don’t even get a passing mention here, despite my having potentially really enjoyed them. What I’ve decided to do is write a quick summary of my month in books: what I read, a very short summary, and my rating out of five stars. The plan is to have a list of books that will hopefully inspire you to pick one of them up. I’ll link you up to any reviews I’ve written, and also the Goodreads page for each book, so you can find out more about any that take your fancy.

  • Chocolat – Joanne Harris – 4 stars A beautifully written novel set in a little French town, depicting a passive-aggressive battle between the legalism of the local church and the tempting luxury of the new chocolatier.
  • Unwind – Neal Shusterman – 4 stars A creepy YA Dystopian that follows the stories of young teenagers who are donated by their parents to a company who will ‘unwind’ them and re-distribute their body parts to other people.
  • Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery A short (and very weird) children’s book full of philosophical ‘thought-provokers’ (also available in English)
  • Burn – Ted Dekker, Erin Healy – 4 stars Another creepy read! After a fire in a gypsy camp wipes out nearly all of her family, Janeal faces the aftermath, rebuilding her life and ultimately having to make the choice between the good and evil forces at work.
  • The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez – 5 stars The hard-hitting story of five very different women becoming unlikely friends in the context of the conflict in Afghanistan (I reviewed this here!)
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker – 4 stars The original vampire horror novel! A timelessly chilling account of the infamous Count Dracula faced by the only five men in England who actually believe in his existence.
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett – 5 stars The moving story of three women living in 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi and their struggles against the poisonous racism. (This was my Book of the Month!)
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen – 4 stars A particularly accessible Austen story that tells a pretty romance with a refreshing amount of humour and satire. Especially recommended for any first-time Jane Austen readers.
  • My Classy Life and Other Musings – Ron Burgundy – 4 stars The beloved character from comedy movie ‘Anchorman’ blesses the world with his hilarious and completely character-appropriate autobiography. (Did I mention this was hilarious?)

And that was January! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them. Hopefully you were inspired by one or two of these titles – and if not, there’s always next month!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

~Dani

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