The first month of January is always a great reading month for me, I have lots of book-related resolutions to start off the new year. This year I decided to read the books I already have and try to stop buying so many. Easier said than done! However, my January reads were ones I already owned or were leant to me, so I have started as I mean to go on.
I am working a lot this year, circumstances have dictated that I am, albeit temporarily, the main breadwinner, so I have taken almost every job that has come my way. I am freelance and I work as a television editor, a job that sees me editing a historical BBC4 documentary one month and then a cookery show the next. The variety is fascinating, but the hours! Suffice to say I get a lot of reading done on the commute, but not as much reading as I’d like to because if I’m not at work then I tend to be asleep.
- The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin. Louise would give anything for a good night’s sleep, if the baby would just stop crying. Her exhaustion and loneliness combine to cause great paranoia about the family’s new lodger who seems to share her husband’s interests. This is a new edition of an original 1950s domestic thriller and it is very much of the age. A slow-burner, there is a mounting tension spurred on by a situation every parent can relate to.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. As I said in my last post, I turned up to this particular party very late indeed. I’m glad I did though, what an incredibly clever premise! A little like a literary Groundhog Day, Atkinson explores what might happen if there were real possibilities of life after death. Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny?
- To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. I have reviewed this book here. It was probably my favourite read of this month, quite unexpected at times, well researched and fascinating.