What I’ve Read – January 2024

It’s a new reading year, and a new image for my reading posts!

January was a bit of a slower start to the year than it has been in previous years, although I did read nine books. Many of these were audiobooks as I did quite a bit of driving!

  • Bendy Bendy Road by Manisha J Poudyal – a picture book that has been sitting in my kindle app for way too long!
  • Late Bloomer by Clem Bastow – the latest in my reading about late diagnosed autistic women. I found this one a bit hard to get in to at first, but then I got to a point where I was drawn in completely, possibly because there were quite a few similar experiences and feelings that I had growing up.
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen – an audiobook I downloaded just before Christmas and finished in January. This was an interesting mystery. I was tempted to stop listening part way through, but am glad I persisted.
  • The Other Brother by Penny Jaye – a lovely picture book about families.
  • Why Johnny Doesn’t Flap by Clay Morton, Gail Morton, and Alex Merry – a picture book that turns the neurodivergent narrative around, from the point of view of a neurodivergent character explaining their neurotypical friend.
  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye by MC Beaton – this was another audiobook I downloaded just before Christmas. I enjoy watching Agatha Raisin on TV, and it was interesting listening to this one & thinking about the episode that was inspired by this story. While there are some similarities, there were a lot of differences, and they were both enjoyable.
  • The Paris Notebook by Tessa Harris – I listened to this one on audiobook. It was a fascinating story set against the second world war.
  • Temora and the Wordsnatcher by Kate Gordon – a middle grade book. Kids who enjoy books like Harry Potter will enjoy this one.
  • Dare to be You by Matthew Syed – a self-help book for a middle grade audience. This book had some great information in it, however the publisher decided to make a number of pages have an orange background, which made those pages hard to read!

As always, I have a few books on the go. On audiobook, I’m listening to The Wattle Island Book Club by Sandie Docker, and reading Back on Track by Tricia Stringer.

I hope you had a fantastic start to 2024 and were able to read some fantastic books.

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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
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