January has been a weird month. It has dragged so much that I’m really very glad to see the back of it. Almost every spare second in January has been taken up by reading. I set 50 books as my target for 2018 but if I keep up my reading the way January has gone, I’ll have no problem hitting that.
I also decided that I was going to watch more films in 2018. In my teenage years I spent whole days watching film after film and that has tailed off in the last few years but this month I managed to watch 4 films plus catch up with Bates Motel, so a pretty successful month all round.
Unfortunately this month hasn’t been the most positive. If you read here regularly you’ll know that I was getting married in 5 months time, June 2018. We’re no longer getting married. I’ve been putting off writing it down because it makes it all so much more real and despite being a blogger, I’m actually an incredibly private person so I’m finding it very hard to talk about. I know lots of you knew about the wedding so just wanted to throw it out there into the ether.
Not everything has been awful though because I’ve applied for my first job as a newly qualified nurse and amazed myself with a really good pharmacology grade.
Now onto what I read and watched during January.
Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon
I wasn’t sure about this novel until about a third of the way through when it really picked up and I was desperate to get to the heart of the mystery. It’s a sweet book with a great adventure.
Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart
I was really disappointed by this book. I loved We Were Liars and thought this was going to be just as spectacular but the story fell flat for me and read more like an action book than a thriller, which just wasn’t to my taste.
I Am Thunder – Muhammad Khan
I just know this book is going to be huge in 2018. Young adult isn’t my usual genre but I’m so glad I read this. It’s a really interesting look at radicalisation and teenage love.
The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond
I’ve truly never read a book with a plot like this. The story starts with newlyweds, Alice and Jake becoming embroiled in a pact to ensure that they stay married and gets more and more bizarre as it goes on. It was a little far-fetched at times but still an engaging read.
The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn
This blew me away. If you’re a film noir/Hitchcock fan, just read this. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
I’d heard so much about this book last year, everyone and their dog seemed to be reading it so I was really excited to get my hands on it. While the premise was so enthralling, I was a bit disappointed by the rest of the novel. It really lacked any kind of realism and I was sad because I’d hyped it up so much.
Based on the book by Gillian Flynn, Dark Places features Charlize Theron entertaining the possibility that her brother, who is serving life in prison for the murder of her sisters and mother, could be innocent.
It doesn’t handle the psychological thriller angle as well as Gone Girl and is really quite a dreary film but it does have its exciting moments and is a good watch for any thriller fan.
What Happened To Monday
Anything remotely dystopian or sci fi related usually turns me right off before I even give it a chance but Netflix’s constant forceful advertising of What Happened To Monday intrigued me. Noomi Rapace was amazing and while the story had a few plot holes, it was a fun watch.
This was phenomenal. I hope it wins every award going this season. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t say anything about it, just watch it and be amazed.
Whitney: Can I Be Me?
I’ve been desperate to watch this since I saw Louis Theroux interview director, Nick Broomfield, at Sheffield DocFest. I don’t know a huge deal about Whitney Houston and even after watching it, I’m not sure I know much more. The film really glossed over the domestic abuse that Whitney suffered and I was so disappointed by this as it could have been a great way to talk about it.