February 25, 2021

January 2021: What I Read

*taps mic* Hello. You’re as surprised to see me as I am to be here.

Turns out, abandoning the Blanket Fort Blog as the world went back into lock-down wasn’t a good idea. So, here we are. Again.

I’m fully installed back in my little Online Blanket Fort and ready to DAZZLE* you with my book reviews.

*not really

January 2021 – What did I read?

I started my reading year by going back to the early 2000’s and reliving my Twilight obsession with Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. Published in 2020, Midnight Sun has been 15 years in the making. It follows the story we all know and love/ hate of Edward and Bella, this time told from Edward’s perspective.

This was a strange one for me. I knew the story so knew how it was going to pan out but it’s still an enjoyable read. That said, the book is about 200 pages too long.

There’s so much detail and description of things that aren’t relevant or even interesting! I found myself skipping page after page of waffle about the minutiae of Carlisle’s back story, the famous meadow and just how delicious Bella smells.

And yes, it’s still quite problematic with the controlling nature of Bella and Edward’s relationship.

If you were a fan of the books when they first came out then you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane. I just hope to goodness Meyer doesn’t give the same treatment to the rest of the books in the series!


My second read of the month was The Five: The Untold Story of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold.

This came highly recommended by a blogger chum and has been sitting on the shelf since May last year. Shameful.

It’s non-fiction that reads like fiction. I had to keep reminding myself that these were real women, with families and that they really were murder victims.

So much has been written about Jack the Ripper that it was refreshing to read about the women who should be remembered. The victims.

I would highly recommend this book – it’s a fascinating look into not only the history of the victims but also the circumstances and way of life of the time.

Next up was my favourite author of all time – Ian Rankin and the latest instalment of his Rebus series A Song for the Dark Times.

I’ve yet to read one of the Rebus books that I haven’t enjoyed. The latest follows John Rebus to the north of Scotland to be with his daughter Samantha. Her husband has gone missing and Rebus needs to be with her to help find him.

John is getting on now. He’s retired from the police, moved into a ground floor flat and has COPD from years and years of smoking. Every novel gives me the fear that Rankin will finally kill him off… that will be a very, very sad day in the Online Blanket Fort household.

My final book of the month was Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. Billed as being ‘irresistibly quirky’ and ‘exhilaratingly weird and funny’ I settled in to be amused by this short (only 163 pages) book.

Nope. Convenience Store Woman is an excellent read but it’s neither quirky nor hilarious.

It tells the story of Keiko who, you guessed it, works in a Japanese convenience store. She lives to work. That store is her reason to be. She is a Store Worker.

Keiko has never fitted in. She lacks the usual social skills that people are expected to have in order to fit in. Her family want to ‘fix’ her and make her more normal. But Keiko is happy.

I think it’s clear that Keiko just sees the world differently from other people. People who are considered normal. She’s happy, she doesn’t need anything other than her job to BE happy.

Personally, I loved this wee book. It’s quite pure and innocent in the way Keiko comes across – Keiko is pure. It’s not quirky and it’s not a funny book but it is full of joy. Loved it.

And that’s it. These 4 books were my January reads. Like everyone else I think I’m definitely struggling to concentrate for any length of time on a book so I am delighted to have managed a book a week through January!

What about you? What books have you been starting your 2021 off with? I’d love to know so drop a wee comment below!

Until next time *waves*

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