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The Month That Was… January 2017
monthly round-up

The Month That Was… January 2017

+ International Giveaway

The start of 2017 has not been a good month for the world at large, to put it lightly. I can barely believe what I hear coming out of America each day. It buoyed my spirits to see so many happy faces and amazing signs at the Women’s Marches though. Whilst governments unravel, it’s important to look after yourself and try and take joy in little things. So I can at least say I’ve read some amazing books last month, and reviewed even more.

Whilst I didn’t do the whole month, I thoroughly enjoyed getting more into #bookstagram with the #WinterBookishColor17 challenge. There is a super cute emoji one this month that I’d like to do, but it’s already February and I haven’t got organised at all.

Let’s see what I ticked off my on my challenge lists:


15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+
Margot & Me by Juno Dawson
24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Free Choice
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Book by an Author of Colour
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Hijabi Main Character (Own Voices)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

Not too shabby. I’d also quite like to read the Wellcome Prize longlist, so I might add those titles to my challenges page to remind me of their existence.

February brings with it the promise of a storm, but also the second London Bookshop Crawl. This has turned into a mega event, so if you’d like to take part the guided groups are full but you can still go solo. I’ll be herding one of the groups on the day.

Monthly giveaways are back! You can win any book I reviewed on the blog in January and you’ll get a nice shiny new copy (usually ordered from Wordery, so you’ll get a cute bookmark too). It’s open internationally and you don’t even need to follow me! I do double check extra entries though, so don’t try and cheat.

Here’s what made it onto the blog…

Book of the Month:
Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Currently reading:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Read and awaiting review:

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

Blogged about:

Incoming! (22nd Jan)
Q+A with Vic James
Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)
Incoming! (2nd Jan)
The Year That Was… 2016

Now enter the giveaway…

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  1. Lit Addicted Brit

    Caraval is one I'm definitely looking out for soon. Seeing it always reminds me of The Night Circus, though, and then I remember that I haven't read that yet despite having had it for years!

    1. Ellie

      I think the publishers tried saying it was like The Night Circus…but I wasn't a huge fan of that. You probably have to read Caraval with a YA hat on but it was a proper page-turner for me. Which is quite rare these days of rubbish attention span.

  2. Michelle Willms

    You've really read some tremendous books this month. There are so many of these on my "wish" list. I wish I could just sit with you, sipping our beverages of choice and discuss books for awhile. *sigh*

  3. MWGerard

    I love that black and white photo!!

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