Happy New Year, everyone!

December was a bit of a different month for me, both reading wise and personally. Along with focusing on looking back over 2017 as a whole and taking stock of the books I’d read, I also had a baby, which took my attention away from reading new books, just a little bit!

So, for these reasons I only actually reviewed two books in December, although they were both crackers:

  • Scoundrels by Major Victor Cornwall and Major Arthur St.John Trevelyan (James Peak and Duncan Crowe) – review here
  • Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land – review here

As a pairing, both books are as brilliant as they are different from each other; Scoundrels is a laugh-out-loud deadpan take on the adventures of two eccentric Majors, who are interestingly billed as the authors of the book and Good Me Bad Me is a perfect, page-turning psychological thriller that I could not tear myself away from. I highly recommend them both.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing the co-authors of Scoundrels this month, the men behind the Majors – James Peak and Duncan Crowe. They explained why the Majors are credited as the authors of the book, rather than themselves, and share the unique way they co-wrote Scoundrels. It’s a really interesting story, take a little look at the full interview here.

So… I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done with a newborn and potentially functioning in a sleep-deprived state (!!) through January, BUT I’m certainly going to try. I’ll need something to do during all those middle of the night feeds, after all! Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is top of my TBR list, also I recently got my hands on a non-fiction book that’s intrigued me for a while, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. It’s ready on my shelf and hopefully I can read at least these two books in the next month!

Wishing you all a fantastic 2018 and a year full of mind-expanding, exciting, all-encompassing, brilliant books!

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