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What books did you read in January 2021? This year, I want to share a reading wrap-up with you each month, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of what I’ve been reading; including reviews and all my thoughts to encourage you guys to find some great books too!

If you’d like a quick introduction to my plans & reading goals for 2021, and to see how I chose the books I read in January, you can check out this video from my YouTube channel:

The books I read in January:

Love, Almost – Hayley Doyle

Contemporary Romance – 3/5 Stars

Love, Almost is the story of a woman who is in a new relationship, when her boyfriend dies suddenly. She hasn’t met many of his friends, and his parents don’t even know about her so this really opens up some conversations about grieving for someone that you haven’t known for very long, and grieving when you’re not part of that community. It also discusses how you grieve and move on from a relationship that never got the chance to go anywhere. I really enjoyed exploring these themes, but I did find some of the characters to be kind of unbelievable. Maybe I’m incredibly naïve, but they just had no sympathy for her at all, and their actions were kind of insane at times. The audiobook for this is narrated by the author and is wonderful!

A big thank you to NetGalley & HarperCollins UK Audio for letting me read this book.

God on Mute – Pete Greig

Christian Non-Fiction – 5/5 stars

God on Mute is a really interesting book exploring the topic of unanswered prayer. The book follows the journey of Jesus and the disciples from Maundy Thursday through to Easter Sunday, exploring their experiences and responses to unanswered prayers. It is jam-packed full of real life stories, including Pete’s own, with a really good balance of “positive outcomes” and “negative outcomes”, as well as a really interesting breakdown of the different reasons why our prayers are not always answered. I have tabbed SO MANY pages of this book and can’t wait to go back through these quotes, stories, and other sections I just want to explore a bit more.

Stop Calling Me Beautiful – Phylicia Masonheimer

Christian Non-Fiction – 4/5 stars

I have followed Phylicia Masonheimer on Instagram (find her account here) for quite a while, and love what she teaches, so I was really excited to get started with this book. Sadly, the first 80 pages or so I really struggled with. I think this was because I didn’t identify with the situations she was speaking into, although I definitely recognise much of what she was speaking about within churches and different ministries. Once we got into the main “meat” of the book, I found it much easier to read. Phylicia writes with such a passion for women to experience a deeper level of faith, as well as honestly about her own journey from shame to freedom and victory. I really haven’t seen these topics covered so encouragingly in a book before, so this was wonderful to see. I feel like this book will make a difference in so many lives, opening up a whole new level of faith that women didn’t know was available to them.

7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership – Kate Coleman

Christian Non-Fiction – 4/5 stars

I recently completed a year long leadership course, but honestly I found this book far more useful… I was concerned that it might just focus upon church leadership – people leading churches, as many Christian leadership tools tend to, but this was actually far more accessible for those of us in other jobs: whether an office job, working in healthcare, running your own business, or being a stay at home mother. There are a wide range of examples and stories used from across these different situations. I loved the topics covered and found them so practical, I would definitely come back to this book if I was struggling with a certain issue.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

Young Adult Fantasy – 4/5 stars

This is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, and by far the longest. My husband and I are listening to the audiobooks of the whole series, listening to just a little bit each night as we fall asleep so this has taken about two months to read. I love this series, but this book is probably my least favourite of them all – it’s very long, and personally I find it quite slow. I also don’t love Harry – he becomes very reckless in his annoyance and frustration, but his poor decisions do just annoy me a bit.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter – Theodora Goss

Fantasy Mystery – 5/5 stars

This may be a new firm favourite book, and I cannot wait to get hold of the next two books in this series! In this fantastical mystery we follow the “daughters” of famous scientists of Victorian literature. Through their story (and their many interjections) we uncover a mysterious society involving all their fathers. This story is full of wonderful new friendships, perilous adventure, and humour – I can’t recommend it enough!

January Statistics:

  • Books Read: 6
  • Pages Read: 2516
  • Average Rating: 4.16/5

To see what books I will be reading in February 2021, you can check out my new Penguins choose my TBR video here:

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