Books Read January 2021

There are all kinds of reasons why this month’s reading pile is so modest.

The third national UK lockdown begat a feeling of being forced to sit in and read. That feeling will always result in rebellion …. so I picked up my knitting needles instead. (What a rebel! 😂😂😂)

Learned an awful lot about domestic plumbing, thanks to a blocked drain. Sorted now, so once I catch up on my sleep, normal levels of reading activity may resume.

2 DNFs.

Dalzell Estate, Motherwell

On the plus side: lots of snow and the Lanarkshire woods transformed into a winter wonderland, inspiring an unofficial snowy themed read.

All The Land – Jo Lendle (Set in Greenland)

Evil Things / Deep as Death – Katja Ivar (Set in Finland)

Snow – Marcus Sedgwick (Set in the French Alps) *** Book of the month ***

Die Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) – Wilhelm Müller (Set in Germany)

Moving eastwards to my January #invisiblecities destination

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine – Alina Bronsky (Reread, original review here) (Set in Germany and Russia)

The Passenger: Japan (Destination accomplished! Missed being book of the month by the skin of its teeth.)

I did enjoy the virtual travel aspect of this month’s reading and have decided that this will form the backbone of my reading this year. Working out itineraries to get me to each monthly #invisiblecitiesproject destination will reduced feelings of COVID-entrapment. (For more on this see my 2021 reading project page.)

Next month’s destination is China. Pretty easy to jump from Japan to China in one leg, but that’s not what I’m going to do. More on February’s reading plan tomorrow, which marks the start of #ReadIndies month.

Which reminds me, I also spent a lot of time (and I mean a lot of time) sorting out my TBR for this event. It’s a bit of a saga … stay tuned.