Books I’ve Loved in January

I am (more than) a little behind with my book reviewing this month. It has been a really crazy month for lots of reasons so I’ve decided to put all of my book reviews for January in one post.

I’ve read nine books this month and I’m going to talk about my three favourites here;

My favourite books this month

The Librarian by Salley Vickers

In 1958, Sylvia Blackwell arrives in the market town of East Mole to take over one of the new post-war libraries for school children. Armed with her knowledge of books, Sylvia is ready to take on the challenge of moving to a tight knit community and trying to get the children excited about books.

However, Sylvia soon becomes entangled in controversy as she enters into a love affair with the local, married, GP and becomes involved in the lives of her neighbours.

This is a beautifully written, nostalgic novel that lovers of Call of the Midwife will thoroughly enjoy. Similar to Call the Midwife, it at first appears to be a heart warming, nostalgic novel but soon becomes far grittier and real beneath the surface.

This is a beautifully crafted novel with memorable characters and plenty of heart. It’s one of my favourite novels I’ve read in a while and I would definitely recommend it!

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

I received this book for Christmas and couldn’t resist starting to read it straight away. It’s a beautiful novel (inside and out) and is a wonderfully plotted, multiple narrative story. Much of the story is told from the perspective of an unknown narrator and as we move between the lives of various characters we slowly piece together who she is.

I don’t want to give much away as this is truly a book to be savoured and read knowing as little as possible so that each chapter and plot twist can come as a real surprise. Full of suspense and emotion, it is a truly fantastic read. It is quite a long book so you may need a few breaks, but I found I didn’t want to read this one too quickly because it is such a wonderful book.

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

This is a children’s book that has been on my radar for a few months now, it tells the story of a little girl who is surprised to find the empty chair in her class filled by a new boy at school. The mysterious Ahmet is a ‘Refugee Kid’ and the determined protagonist sets out to help him find his parents and to help him settle into life at his new school.

This is a very cleverly constructed book that would appeal to boys and girls and deals with some of the most difficult issues of our time in a heart felt, honest yet careful way. I think this would be a great choice for children concerned about hearing of refugees on the news and is neither too complex or too scary, but still explains everything they need to know.

The Boy At the Back of the Class has a lot of heart and is a highly enjoyable reader for adults as well as children!

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