January has been a really happy reading month for me because I spent it reading three of my favourite books. I did also read two other books, one by an author whom I adore and one by an author that has instantly become a huge inspiration.
I loved everything that I’ve read last month and I think it was a brilliant way to kick off this year.
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
“Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.
Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment and personal growth.”
This book is full of fire, empowerment and inspration. I gobbled it up and then preceded to read it again. It is the first poetry book I have read and I can’t wait to read more of them this year.
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
”NATASHA: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will nver come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
DANIEL: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraoridinary in store – for both of us.
THE UNIVERSE: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”
A firm favourite of mine, re-reading this book made me fall in love with it all over again. Nicola Yoon has a special talent for writing out-of-this-world YA. Her stories pull you in and her words wrap you up in a special kind of bliss. I will forever love this book.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
”Meet the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Like all sisters, they don’t always get on but they know that when the going gets tough, they can always count on each other.”
A classic worth all of the praise. I have always loved Little Women and I never tire of this stroy about sisterhood and good morals no matter how many times I read it. It is my go-to feel good book and I make a point of reading it at least once a year to remind myself to be grateful and to be whisked away in its whimsical pages for the thousandth time.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
”Morrigan Crow is cursed and will die on her eleventh birthday. But as she awaits her fate a strange and remarkable man appears whisking her away to a secret city filled with magic and wunder. To stay in Nevermoor, Morrigan must compete in four dangerous and difficult trials against hundreds of other children. Can an outsider win or will she have to leave the city forever and face her deadly fate?”
This book encapsualtes everything magical and wonderful. I have no words to describe how much I enjoy its world, characters and story. It is incredibly written and completely one of a kind. It makes me feel like I’m eleven all over again and feeling like a kid is one of the greatest pleasures around.
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
”One eternal optimist. . .
Jess Thomas, with two jobs and two kids and never enough money, wears flip-flops in the hope of spring. And when life knocks her down she does her best to bounce right back. But there are some challenges even she can’t meet on her own.
Plus one lost stranger. . .
Ed Nichols is the good guy gone bad. He had it all, the one stupid mistake cost him everything. Now he’ll do anything to make it right,
Equals a chance encounter. . .
Ed doesn’t want to save anyone and Jess doesn’t want saving, but could Jess and Ed add up to something better together?”
Jojo Moyes has a knack for strory telling that can only be described as raw talent. Her books seem to grip me and I cannot get out of its grip – not that I ever want to. This story has a little bit of everything in it and I adored reading it. It gave me a little break – from my currently stressful school life – every day and I really appreciated the escape into its pages.
I would love to chat to you, leave me a comment below! Tell me what books you’ve read last month and ones that you recommend I read. Until next time. . .