Books: The January Reading List

Welcome to 2016! I hope 2015 was wonderful for you, and that 2016 will be even better.

As this is my first post of the year, I thought I’d go back to my roots and write a post about the books on my January Reading List. One of my goals this year is to read more, as though I love reading, I struggle to fit in the time to do it, and I have a massive pile of books by the side of my bed that I need to read! Here’s my list of essential reading for January 2016.

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are – Sophie Mais, Audrey Diwan, et al.

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I am obsessed with all things Paris, and I also enjoy buying myself Christmas presents. This book is the result of those personality traits colliding. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are is a fun look at what it means to be a Parisian, including style, personality, reading, and beauty. Not to be taken too seriously, this is a gorgeous book and it has some great lists full of films and books to read.

Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation – Judith Mackrell

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Along with Parisians, I am also really interested in Flappers – that is, women who came of age in the 1920s. I found this book while buying a present for a friend, and ‘accidentally’ popped it into my basket. This book focuses on the lives and careers of Zelda Fitzgerald, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead and Josephine Baker. I can’t wait to get into this!

Tideline – Penny Hancock

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I always have a look at the books in the pound shops on the Doncaster high street just in case I find a bargain, and a couple of weeks ago I found this! I wanted to read this when it came out in 2012 but I must have forgotten about it. Tideline is a crime thriller, supposedly similar to S J Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep, which I enjoyed, and it also reminds me of domestic noir novels such as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

Paris Revealed: The Secret Life of a City – Stephen Clarke

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Oh, look, another Paris book. A rather similar addition to this list, but hey, I know what I like! I found this on a random trip to Waterstones, attracted by the promise of half price books. Of course I ended up buying something full price in the travel section simply because it’s about Paris. This is an entertaining guide to Paris and looks like a book you can dip in and out of. Which is a good job with the amount of books on my January reading list! Another wonderful gift from me, to myself.

Pedro Paramo – Juan Rulfo

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I don’t really understand what this book is, or what it is about. One of my closest friends (and future bridesmaid!), Ruth, bought me this for my birthday, but I’ve yet to get through it. She told me not to Google it, so I haven’t, but this means I don’t know anything about it! I gave up a few pages in out of confusion and frustation (it’s not an easy read) but I am determined to go back to it and read it all! I met Ruth in London at University and she has fantastic taste in literature so I trust her choices.

What are you reading this month? Do you have any recommendations?