What I’ve Read – January 2022

Happy New Year! Welcome to my first book roundup for 2022.

It’s been a strong start to my reading year with eight books read so far, and a ninth is on the go. Earlier this month, I shared about my to be read strategy for this year. Instead of getting overwhelmed and ignoring the books I already have on my shelf, I’m picking a few books and working my way through them.

From my TBR pile, I’ve read:

  • Settle the Score by Nicki Edwards – book two in a trilogy. This book lived up to its promise, an enjoyable romance with cameos by characters who were in The Final Siren, that I enjoyed last year.
  • Maternal Instinct by Rebecca Bowyer – I don’t usually read dystopian books, so didn’t know what to expect. This book had a slow start, but by the end I had to stay up past midnight to finish it and find out what happened.
  • Xavier in the Meantime by Kate Gordon – this is the follow on from Aster’s Good Right Things. This book was a wonderful insight into life with depression and I really think more adults need to read this. I hope the publishers market it to adults too as it will give them more understanding that depression isn’t just being sad, it’s a complex condition that can affect everyone.

I’m currently reading Diary of a Crap Housewife by Jessica Rowe and enjoying it. More on this one next month.

Early in the month, I finished reading Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. This is the third in the Descendants series that was recommended by someone in the book club I run for young readers. I’ve been enjoying these adventures and there is one more to go.

As always, there are a number of picture books that feature in the list of books I’ve read. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and The Magic Unicorns by Shirley Barber were two of the books I was given for Christmas. I also enjoyed Solo Dan by Teena Raffa-Mulligan and Pear of Hope by Wendy Shurety had me in tears.

This gives me a start of eight books so far. I might need to increase my goal of 20 books for the year!!

How are you going? Did you read any interesting books in January?

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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