BOOKS: What I Read in January

In a similar fashion to last year I’ve set myself a Goodreads challenge to try and encourage myself to read more books. I only just managed my challenge last year so I decided to go for the same again, 35 books, but try to read them at a more regular pace. My rough aim for the year is to read a book a week but sometimes I read three books one week and none the next… I’m not the most consistent reader! Anyway, so far this month I’ve managed to read 5 books so I’m currently ahead of schedule for my challenge.

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Mr Mercedes follows a retired homicide detective who is haunted by an unsolved case in which the perpetrator has suddenly resurfaced and is taunting him through a mysterious website. I first attempted to read Mr Mercedes last year when it first came out, but struggled to get in to it as I found it slightly slow at first. As the story developed I quickly became hooked and ended up staying up quite late to finish it. In true Stephen King style this book is both intelligent and haunting, with incredibly well developed characters and a plot that leaves you desperate for more. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is actually the first book in a trilogy following the detective so I can’t wait for more!

We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges by Kevin Bridges
My boyfriend actually got this book for Christmas and I unashamedly borrowed it before he even had the chance to read it… oops! Anyway, I love Kevin Bridges as a comedian and have seen him a couple of times now so was expecting great things from his book. He’s quite a young guy, so doesn’t really have as many experiences to draw upon for his autobiography as some other people would. If I’m being honest I struggled with a large portion of this book because it talked a lot about football. Clearly it’s a big part of Kevin’s life but I found myself skimming over big chunks because I just couldn’t be bothered! Despite this I still really enjoyed it and loved hearing about his rise to fame. After realising how hard he’s worked to get to the level he currently operates at I truly think he deserves his place as a household name in Scottish comedy. Kevin writes just how he talks and has some absolutely cracking lines in his autobiography, worth a wee read as far as autobiographies go!

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
I first decided I needed Horrorstor in my life after reading about it on Hayley’s blog (story of my life) and I’m so glad I bought it. Originally I was going to go for the Kindle version but then realised that I’d be missing out on the amazing catalogue-esque design of the paperback so ordered that instead! Horrorstor is about a furniture/lifestyle store not all that dissimilar to Ikea where the employees have noticed things are starting to move and break in the night. Intrigued, a few colleagues decide to undertake a night shift in an attempt to find out what’s really going on behind closed doors. This book was so creepy – I absolutely loved it. It’s not particularly long and gets in to the story quite quickly which I like in a book, I just couldn’t put it down! It’s definitely worth a read and deserves all the praise it’s been receiving lately. I visited Ikea at the weekend and was thoroughly disturbed by the thought of things hiding behind seemingly closed doors…

Get Rich Blogging by Zoe Griffin
Whilst “getting rich” isn’t my aim from my blog, I do love a bit of blogging advice. I spend a lot of time finding articles (and pinning them on my Blogging Tips Pinterest board) to help me expand my knowledge and develop my skills when it comes to blogging, so this book held a fair bit of appeal for me. Once again, it was influenced by Hayley. She does bad things to my “to read” list! Whilst it was an enjoyable read and I did learn a couple of things, as well as adding some things to my to do list, I wasn’t totally enthralled by it and found some of the advice a bit dated or overly specific to larger, more professional blogs. As well as this, at times it was kind of over the top. For example, am I really going to pay a PR company to write a press release about my blog and then pay for the details of journalists to send it to? Hmm… not quite up my street. It’s worth a read if you are wondering about the best way to monetise your blog and there are a few good guides to utilising social media.

Picture Perfect Social Media by Jennifer Young
This is a bit of a cheat as I’m actually still reading this, but technically it’s still January and who knows – I’ll probably finish it before Sunday! This has some really great photography tips for all walks of life and I’m looking forward to implementing some of them in the future. So far I’m finding it pretty useful and I’d think a lot of people would find it an interesting read for them!

If you want to keep up with what books I’m currently reading or wanting to read then you can find me on Goodreads here.