What I Read in January

10 books in January. I think that’s a record! I wasn’t a big fan of some of what I read, but by the end of the month I was enjoying all my books. I went into a major murder-mystery theme in January. Although it seems like I’ve moved on from there.

The Best

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry The Ingredients of Love

  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (A wonderful companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I was sobbing at the end. )
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (I recommend reading this before Queenie’s book, but they can be read and enjoyed independent of each other. A wonderfully quirky tale of a man with an unresolved past trying to make amends.)
  • The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau (A very cute rom-com set in Paris about a series of misconceptions, deceptions and mistaken identities.)

The Meh

  The Sign of the Four Funny Girl Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple, #1) Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)

  • The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I love the first half, the second half wandered and there is so much latent racism sprinkled throughout the book. I know that it was just the way of life back then, but its so jarring to read in today’s world.)
  • Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (It wasn’t very funny.)
  • Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn (Fan’s of Agatha Christie and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries will appreciate this book. I like the era and the gumption of the main character. The ending fell short and was a major disappointment.)
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (The first introduction to James Bond. I was not impressed.)

The Worst

The Precious One Moonlight over Paris Return of the Thin Man

  • The Precius One by Marisa de los Santa (bleh. Cliché, overly-precious and horribly predictable and unrealistic ending.)
  • Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson (Wonderful writing by the author, except that there was no real plot and no character development.)
  • Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (A series of unfortunate events turned Hammett’s wonderful Thin Man into a parody of itself for the Hollywood Screen. This was more like a screenplay than the book and given how many changes were made to the story to make it fit the screen, well, the essential essence and Hammett’s originality and wit were lost in the shuffle.)



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