January and February Wrap Up | 2019

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re well!

After almost two years of book blogging I’ve finally decided to start doing monthly wrap ups of the books I’ve read. I’ve avoided doing this so far because I thought that the posts would be pointless for me as I reviewed every book I read. At the start of the year I re-evaluated this and realised I really didn’t have to review every single book and feel so much better for this!

From now on I’m going to be doing wrap up posts, that will include both books I’ve read and ones I’ve reviewed/will review too. If there are books on this list that you’d like me to review that I haven’t, please do let me know though. 😊

I hope you enjoy,


1. Parsnips, Buttered: How to Baffle, Bamboozle and Boycott You Way Through Modern Life – Joe Lycett

Star rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Thoughts: An absolutely brilliant audiobook that left me laughing out loud. I love Joe Lycett’s sense of humour and he never ceases to amuse me. If you’re thinking about giving this book a read, consider listening to the audiobook. He narrates it himself and his comedic timing is priceless.

Review: To follow

2. The Last – Hanna Jameson*

Star rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: A dark and compelling read that delves into how people react when faced with the end of the world and the murder of a young girl. The survivors are living in a hotel, are any of them the murderer? Can they trust each other? Will they even make it home? The Last is a great read if you love who dunnit mysteries and post apocalyptic reads.

Review: https://ashleighbekkah.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/book-review-the-last-hanna-jameson-gifted/


3. The Lost Man – Jane Harper*

Star rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: Delving deeply into the family dynamic, The Lost Man is Jane Harper’s first stand alone novel. Set in the Australian outback, two brothers attempt to uncover what happened to their brother, did he commit suicide or was he murdered? If you love murderous thrillers this is the book for you.

Review: https://ashleighbekkah.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/blog-tour-the-lost-man-jane-harper/

4. My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual – Neeta Oza*

Star Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: An absolutely beautiful and uplifting read. This book emphasises self care and mindfulness. It is an A-Z guide of suggestions to help readers be more positive every day. It’s only a short read, but one I would certainly recommend.

Review: Mini review to follow

5. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies)

Star Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: A book filled to the brim with female empowerment. Containing chapters written by women from all walks of life, this book discusses feminism in every sense of the word, and how we still need to be fighting for equality in the 21st Century. Although women in history have fought for us to have the equality we do now, we still have a long way to go. If you’re a woman or a man that believes in the equality of the sexes, then by default you’re a feminist. This book oozes feminism and is such a great read.

Review: Possibly

6. Star Wars: Be More Yoda: Mindful Thinking from a Galaxy Far Far Away – DK Publishing

Star Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: If you’re a fan of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret and Star Wars, you’ll love this book. When you combine mindfulness with wisdom of Yoda you know you’re on to a winner. This book is only a short read but will definitely make you chuckle and smile.

Review: No

7. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides*

Star Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: What a book. It definitely lived up to the hype surrounding it. The Silent Patient is deeply disturbing psychological thriller that will leave you mulling it over for days after. This is a brilliant debut novel that is a twisted masterpiece. It’s a book that will keep you up at night determined to find out what happens and will leave you guessing the plot until the very last chapter.

Review: To follow

8. It Had To Be You – Keris Stainton*

Star Rating: β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: A light hearted, romantic read, that follows a 25 year old woman’s quest to date her perfect man. But will he turn out to be the man of her dreams, or was that person standing right in front of her all along?

Review: To follow

9. The Wooden Hill – Jamie Guiney*

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: Containing many different short stories from all stages of life, The Wooden Hill discusses many emotions. It discusses the beauty of birth, the devastation of death and everything in between. It will be sure to make you nostalgic about your childhood and grateful for close family connections. Guiney’s Irish background shines through this book and it really is a pleasure to read.

Review: To follow

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Thoughts: You don’t need me to tell you how amazing this book is. Set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter begins his journey as a wizard, coming face to face with the person everyone fears the most. This will always be one of my favourite Harry Potter books and it was great to reread it again.

Review: No

* All of the books followed by an asterisk are ones I have been #gifted by either the publisher or author. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by receiving a free copy in any way.

That concludes my first ever monthly wrap up. I’m over the moon with how many books I read in February, I’m hoping March will be as successful!

I decided not to write mini reviews for each book, but instead an unbiased summary of the book. I’ve included my ratings of them as a guideline into how much I enjoyed each book.

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments below. 😊

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4 thoughts on “January and February Wrap Up | 2019

  1. BookerTalk says:

    I bet that decision to not review every book you received has taken a lot of pressure off. I still have some books from years ago that I’ve not reviewed and I suspect I will never get around to it now


  2. Hannah says:

    I didn’t realise Joe narrates Parsnips, Buttered! I’ve read the book and loved it when it came out – but I’m going to need to invest in the audiobook!!


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