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January 2015 Reading Round-Up

January was a trying month however I managed to finish one of my ongoing chunksters – no guesses which – and made progress towards getting back into blogging the way I used to. It’s been busy but I’m happy having read two books from start to finish and the last 300 or so pages of another.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Charles Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby – Nicholas tries out various jobs and residences whilst trying not to get in the way of his uncle Ralph, saving schoolboys and performing on stage in the process. An almost never ending soap opera that’s end isn’t particularly worth it.

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H G Wells: The Time Machine – A Victorian scientist creates a machine and travels to a future where humans have split into two races and are no longer intelligent due to lack of need. Excellent.

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Helen Lederer: Losing It – A columnist takes on the challenge of losing weight in order to pay off debts. Absolutely fabulously bonkers, pun intended.

The Time Machine. End of. My favourite. Probably obvious considering I’ve written about it twice already and I’ve another post ready for sometime in the future, pun not intended. (This is what writing when extremely tired does to me.) I’m glad I’ve finished Nicholas Nickleby.

Quotation Report

None this time.

And that’s January finished. I must use the word ‘bonkers’ again. February, please be slower than January.

What was your favourite book this month (or week if you round-up each week)?


Emma @ Words And Peace

February 2, 2015, 4:45 am

I have not read that Dickens yet! my favorites were The Martian and Rodin’s Lover.


February 2, 2015, 2:27 pm

I’m sorry to hear January was a trying month for you. I hope February is an easier month for you. I couldn’t just choose one so my favourite reads from January are Inferno by Dan Brown and Mariana by Susanna Kearsley. Happy reading in February :-)

Laurie C

February 2, 2015, 4:22 pm

I’ve been sick with a nasty cold so my recently read books are starting to run together! I think my favorite is still the chunkster I’m working my way through slowly — The Luminaries. Losing It sounds like a fun one! I haven’t tackled Nicolas Nickleby, myself, but one of these days I hope to get to it.


February 2, 2015, 8:25 pm

I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a difficult month. Congratulations on finishing Nicholas Nickleby, though. I haven’t read that one yet, but I did read David Copperfield in January and enjoyed it.

Freda Mans

February 2, 2015, 8:47 pm

I’ve not read The Time Machine but have an ecopy. Maybe I should read it….
You did well in January. Happy February reading!


February 2, 2015, 10:47 pm

I hope February is a better for you!


February 4, 2015, 8:06 pm

You read two heavy books in Jan. I find Dickens and HG Wells hard going.

I think my favourite books of the month were Harry Potter, just because of the joy I get re-reading them.


February 16, 2015, 1:14 pm

Emma: I’ve heard The Martian’s excellent!

Jessica: Thanks :) Not being able to choose is great! I still need to read Kearsley and it’ll likely be Mariana I start with.

Laurie: Not fun :( Glad to hear you like The Luminaries; always good when you like a long book. Nicholas Nickleby is definitely a ‘tackle’ – hard to get through but it is nice to be able to say you’ve read it.

Helen: I believe David Copperfield’s similar but superior? It wasn’t on my ‘soon’ list but I’m wondering if it should be. Glad you liked it.

Freda: It works well as an ebook :)

Kailana: Thanks :)

Alice: The Wells was hard for the themes, I found – there was lots to keep track of. I’m assuming it’s one of the easier ones, though. Harry Potter makes complete sense :D



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