January 2020 Round Up


It’s the first round up of 2020. I’m always glad when January is over as it can be quite a depressing month once the Christmas decorations come down and everyone’s back at work. It has been particularly cold this year as well. February isn’t much better, usually, but at least it’s that bit closer to spring!


What I have read

It’s a new year and a new reading target. Last year I aimed for 100 and read 119. This year I will stick with 100. It’s a good number and will keep me picking up books without putting too much pressure on me! I read 11 in January which puts me 3 ahead already.

January’s books:

  • Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel – A.W. Jantha
  • Burglar Bill – Janet Allberg
  • Nightingale Wedding Bells (Nightingale Nurses #11) – Donna Douglas
  • Fiend in Need (Undead #4.5) – MaryJanice Davidson
  • Undead and Unpopular (Undead #5) – MaryJanice Davidson
  • Undead and Uneasy (Undead #6) – MaryJanice Davidson
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  • The Dark – Lemony Snicket
  • What Pet Should I Get? – Dr Seuss
  • The Midnight Library – Kazuno Kohara
  • Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado-Perez

As always I’ve got some on the go that I haven’t finished

  • The Naughtiest Girl in the School – I’m doing a text comparison on this one
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • Sapphire Battersea (Hetty Feather #2) – Jacqueline Wilson

As before I do not recommend the Hocus Pocus book. It was no better by the end. I also didn’t love The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Having read Miss Carter’s War I thought it might be similarly thought-provoking but I just didn’t like it much.

I did love Invisible Women, however, and urge everyone to read it! Some of the information in it is simply unbelievable.


What I have watched

  • Hollyoaks
  • Only Connect
  • Murder She Wrote, season 8
  • Buffy season 1, as that’s now on Prime and it has been ages since I’ve watched it. I still know almost all the dialogue off by heart, though.
  • The latest series of Call the Midwife.
  • That Mitchell and Webb Look series 4, I didn’t even know there was a series 4. We’ve watched the first three twice and only now has Netflix added the final series. It was funny but not as good as the previous ones and I missed the old favourites like Numberwang, Sir Chicken Digby Caesar, and Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit etc.

What I have done

  • Done some walking and exploring with Brodie
  • Been very cold while he has played at the park
  • Added another 17 games to my board game library
  • Visited the Wildlife Park again
  • Picked up a form for Brodie to start nursery in August (!)
  • Been to the library 
  • Eaten a lot of macaroons (for blogging purposes, honestly.)

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