January 2024 Review

Didn’t January Drag? As ever. And making it to February means that I can look back over the month of reading and acquisitions and think that a book-buying ban is never going to happen… Even though I did by a few, more importantly, I passed a load on and 43 books left the house to find new homes.

So firstly here is what I read in January:


Books Read

Hemingway’s Chair – Michael Palin – 2 Stars

And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini – 2 Stars

Endurance: 100 Tales Of Survival, Endurance And Exploration – Ed. Levison Wood – 3 Stars

A Local Habitation – Norman Nicholson – 3 Stars

Ravilious & Co: The Pattern Of Friendship – Andy Friend – 3.5 Stars

The Turning Tide: A Biography Of The Irish Sea – Jon Gower – 3.5 Stars

On Writing and Failure – Stephen Marche – 3.5 Stars

Cornerstones: Wild Forces That Can Change Our World – Benedict Macdonald – 3.5 Stars

Elixir: In The Valley At The End Of Time – Kapka Kassobova – 4 Stars

Vuelta Skelter: Riding The Remarkable 1941 Tour Of Spain – Tim Moore – 4 Stars

Abroad in Japan: Ten Years In The Land Of The Rising Sun – Chris Broad – 4 Stars

Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A Journey Into Angola – Daniel Metcalfe – 4 Stars


Book(s) Of The Month

Local: A Search for Nearby Nature and Wildness – Alastair Humphreys – 4.5 Stars


Top Genres

Travel – 6

Fiction – 2

Writing – 1

History – 1

Natural History – 1

Biography – 1

Poetry – 1


Top Publishers

Bloomsbury – 2

Arrow – 1

Harper North – 1

Head Of Zeus – 1

Eye Books – 1

Thames & Hudson – 1

Sort Of Books – 1

Jonathan Cape – 1

Bantam – 1

Vintage – 1

Faber & Faber – 1

Methuen – 1


Review Copies Received

Utter, Earth: Advice on Living in a More-than-Human World – Isaac Yuen

Doomed Romances: Strange Tales of Uncanny Love – Ed. Joanne Ella Parsons


Library Books Checked Out

A Line In The World: A Year On The North Sea Coast – Dorthe Nors

Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed – Catrina Davies

God Is An Octopus: Loss, Love and a Calling to Nature – Ben Goldsmith


Books Bought

Pages From My Passport – Amelia Dalton

Tyneham – The Lost Village of Dorset – Andrew Norman & Mary Hurst

The Museum of Cathy – Anna Stothard

Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn’t Food … and Why Can’t We Stop? – Chris van Tulleken

Aromabingo – David Gaffney

Cranborne Chase – Desmond Hawkins

Scenes from Prehistoric Life: From the Ice Age to the coming of the Romans – Francis Pryor

Professor Stewart’s Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries – Ian Stewart

Scotland the How?: The Hows and Whys of Scottish History – John and Noreen Hamilton

From a Persian Tea House: Travels in Old Iran – Michael Carroll

Pottery – Penny Copeland-Griffiths

Riding the Magic Carpet: A Surfer’s Odyssey in Search of the Perfect Wave – Tom Anderson

The Anthology of Scottish Folk Tales – Various

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India – William Dalrymple

Throwim Way Leg: An Adventure – Tim Flannery

The Cruise of the Snark – Jack London

A Stroke of the Pen – Terry Pratchett

The New Poacher’s Handbook – Ian Niall


So any from that huge list that you have read, or now seeing them, now want to read? Let me know in the comments below.

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1 Comment

  1. Liz Dexter

    Homesick is a very good book – I bought my copy in the indie bookshop in Penzance, to add extra poignancy to it. And hooray for Local being your book of the month, I so enjoyed it and think it likely to be on my books of the year list. Well done for passing along so many, too!

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