SWB’s January In Books

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Good morning! How’s everyone doing? January seemed to go on forever, and yet at the same time I can’t believe we’re already heading into the second month of 2021! January was a bit of a mixed month for me, I’ve really struggled with this latest lockdown, but I managed to focus on some reading at least, and honestly reading The Gilded Ones was amazing!

What I Read This Month

Titles link to the book’s Goodreads page – Links to reviews are included if I’ve been organised to post them already!

The Highland Falcon Thief by M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman – Middle Grade Mystery – Review + The Cousins by Karen M. McManus – Young Adult Mystery – Review + The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – Young Adult Fantasy – Review to come + The Switch by Beth O’Leary – Adult Contemporary – Review to come

Book Of The Month


The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold – the colour of impurity, of a demon – she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed…


My Bookish Stats

I’m doing things a little differently with my stats this year! Keeping it simple. I’m going a little old school with my reading tracking so I’m not really using Goodreads, I’ve got a reading journal instead so no Goodreads challenge for me!

Books read this month: 4
Pages read this month: 1336
2021 releases: 1
Backlist reads: 3


Books I’ve Added To My Shelves This Month

I’ve not gone too mad in January, I’ve got a couple of new releases, and benefitted from An Eye For An Eye being the one of the Prime Reading books of the month. A couple of my February pre-orders arrived early too, and then I received the last ever Wildest Dreams Box which is where The Boy I Am came from

Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang – Middle Grade Fantasy + Delivery To The Lost City by P. G. Bell – Middle Grade Fantasy + Murder On The Safari Star by M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman – Middle Grade Mystery + Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean – Middle Grade Contemporary + The Boy I Am by K. L. Kettle – Young Adult Thriller + An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer – Adult Crime


Upcoming Books I’m Excited About…

Proud Of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt – Middle Grade Contemporary + Murder On The Safari Star by M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman – Middle Grade Mystery + Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dead – Middle Grade Mystery + Princess At Heart by Connie Glynn – Teen Contemporary + The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – Young Adult Fantasy + Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton – Adult Contemporary + What Will Burn by James Oswald – Adult Crime + An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer – Adult Crime + The Perfect Father by Charlotte Duckworth – Adult Thriller + That One Patient by Ellen de Visser – Adult Memoir + The Promise by Lucy Diamond – Adult Contemporary

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Thank you for stopping by SWB and catching up with my month in books! Have any of the books I mentioned caught your eye? If they have be sure to leave a comment to let me know!

2 thoughts on “SWB’s January In Books

  1. Charlotte

    That’s a very restrained January haul. I am very excited for Murder on the Safari Star and The Gilded Ones (which I plan to pick up imminently). As usual, your list made me want to go out and buy more books.

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