It’s been quite a few months since I last shared what I have been reading, so we are due a good catch up. In this post I will be sharing with you eight book reviews but I have read a few more, but I thought I would save those and share them in February’s post.


January Book Reviews


A Lion in the Allotment by Ben Cijffers

This is a little pocket-sized book for all carnivore’s and a guide to help them when living with a vegetarian. Ben wrote this little guide when he himself a big meat eater fell in love with his wife who was a vegetarian. This book talks about the best ways to store food in the fridge, how to cook when making meals for both meat eaters and veggies. What all soya, tofu, quorn and other things that the typical meat eater wouldn’t eat are and how they are good for you. And at the end of the book is some yummy vegetarian recipes that the meat eater might like too.

As a vegetarian myself living with a meat eater I found this book quite funny. Me and my husband have been together for 15 years now, but when we first got together he couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t eat certain things, like Jelly or sweets. “because they have gelatine in them” I would say, but he didn’t even know what that was. So, a great book for those who have no clue on what vegetarians like me eat.


The Children’s Meditations In My Heart by Gitte Winter Graugaard

This book is based on the Danish way to help children get to sleep at night. The book as four different mediations to go through. The meditations are more like a bedtime story that you read to your child and they use their imagination while relaxing and focusing on their breathing. The book can be used on children from the age of 3 till their teens. At the back of the book is a few blank pages for you to write your experiences you had with your child while reading the book to them.

I really like the idea of this book and I have tried it on my 8-year-old daughter Caitlin, who really enjoyed it and she did have a really good night’s sleep that night. I really like the mediations myself and wouldn’t mind someone reading them to me. I have listened to meditations before I go to sleep sometimes, and they have always worked for me, so why not help your child to have a better night sleep too. I think this is a great book to read to kids that find it hard to settle down and get all their thoughts out their head before bedtime.


Your Happy Child by Usha Chudasama

This book is for parents who want to help their child improve your child’s confidence. Help build up a good mental attitude and help you to have a better relationship with your child. It can help you to help your child shine from the inside out, teach your child how to overcome certain issues and help them connect with their inner guidance.

I haven’t read every single chapter in this book yet, I first read the ones that stood out to me. I found chapter 7 : Build Emotional Health a very interesting read and it certainly help me see through the eyes of my youngest child. He is currently being assessed for ASD, and he really struggles with social situation and his emotions. I found the part about emotional literacy and how to help develop it in children really useful, quite a lot of it really hit the nail on the head and helped me understand how my Aaron thinks, and how I can help him deal with his emotions and anger.


The Pocket Encyclopaedia of Aggravation by Laura Lee

This book is filled with 97 things that are guaranteed to annoy you. It answers the question as to why things are so annoying with facts and funny illustrations. Want to know why we always seem to get ‘brain freeze’ when we are eating our favourite ice cream? In this book is the scientific answer to that question. Other pet peeves that are in this book include cracking knuckles, buffering, flat pack furniture and sour milk. It’s been proven that when we understand the meaning behind all these grievances that we find it easier to manage our stresses. So, in theory this book should help us reduce our stresses and strains.


Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home by Dane Cobain

This book is filled with over 100 poems by Dane Cobain. Dane’s poems are written to be performed, and when I read them out loud I felt more in tune with them. This book does have a parental advisory note as there is a lot of swearing in his poems. But I actually like that as it makes the poems feel more raw and real. I do like poetry and write my own sometimes. There are a few poems in this book that are dark in nature and they are the ones that I seem most drawn too. There are also a couple am not too keen on, but with over 100 poems in this book, that isn’t many. I would recommend this poem if you like real life poetry and you are not easily offended.


Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

This book is about Ted Conkaffey. He his a police officer with a wife a baby daughter. But then he is accused of the abduction and rape of a 13 year old girl. No one believe him and after spending some time in jail he moves north to Crimson Lake.

This is where is meets Amanda Pharrell, she herself spent a few year in jail for the murder of a 17 year old girl. She now runs her on private investigations and Ted joins her. Ted and Amanda’s first case together is the disappearance of Jake Scully, a local well known author. When the police find a part of Jakes Scully’s hip inside a crocodile stomach they now turn their attention to who could have killed him. Was it one of his obsessed fans?

Will Amanda and Ted try and figure out who the murdered could be and why, Ted also is digging deeper into Amanda’s past. Did she really kill the most popular kill in town? Or is someone hiding something. As all this goes on, Ted is also revealed to the locals of Crismon Lake that he is a paedophile and he has vigilantes trowing things at his house in the night and 2 local coppers trying to get rid of him.

I really enjoyed this book, and with the 3 crimes unravelling at the same time it was hard to put the book down. And even though their were three things going of at once it never got confusing. This is a book I would highly recommend and will be looking out for more from this author. 4/5 stars.


Obsession By Amanda Robson

I found this book slow moving at the beginning and hard to stay focused on. It follows two couples Carly & Rob and Jenni & Craig, who are really good friends. But Carly starts to struggle with her mental health and has an affair with Craig.

I really hated Carly at first and thought she was nothing but a cold hearted b*tch. her and Craig’s affair made me feel really sorry for both Jenni and Rob. I found the book not too interesting at moments and when I did close the book it would be a few days before I carried on reading. It just didn’t grab me. I

The second half of the book was a bit better when Jenni started showing an interest in Rob.I did start to dislike Jenni and favour Carly more and then a few pages later I was liking Jenni more. To be honest I didn’t really like any of the characters in the book that much that’s maybe way it just couldn’t get into it.

The very last part of the books was the best but the final page was a bit of a let down. I was like ‘is that it?’ An ok read would give it 3/5 stars.

Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis

When I first started reading this book I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it, but I was wrong.

Sky is a 16 year old girl who has just come back from the dead. She fell off the pier 3 months ago on her birthday. They pulled her body out of the water and buried her in the local cemetery. But Sky has just walked into school as if the last three months didn’t happen. Sky can’t remember that she died and thinks today is just another ordinary day in Blackfin.

But Blackfin in is a strange town filled with strange people and Blackfin holds plenty of secrets.

As everyone is starting to come to terms with Sky actually being alive, she starts to fade and go back in time to where the circus is held in Blackfin woods years ago. Sky tries to understand what is going on and why she has this gift and how it affect others in Blackfin

I enjoyed this book so much. I really liked sky and couldn’t wait to find out what was going on. I can’t wait to read more from this author. I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

So there are some of the books I have read since my last book review update. Have you read any of these yet?

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32 comments on “My January Book Reviews”

  1. You’ve managed to read so much this month! I thought I was doing well reading 3 books. I really love the sound of Crimson lake as I love to read crime, thriller type books.

  2. I struggle with books that I don’t like any of the characters in, so I think I’ll give Obsession a miss. I think that’s the reason I struggled to finish Gone Girl and Girl on a Train despite other people rating them. #readwithme

  3. Ok that is quite some collection, loving the sound of obsession and Blackfin Sky. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  4. I really like the sound of Crimson Lake and the book of aggravation. Thank you for sharing your diverse reads. I often stick to one genre and need some inspiration to diversify #mmbc

  5. The Lion in the Allotment made me chuckle, I’m a vegetarian and get asked so many questions about what I eat, it’s amazing how many people just can’t understand not eating meat! #readwithme

  6. Lots of books here that I could do with reading. I need to commit more time to my own personal reading and I spend so much time writing! I need to get the balance back:)

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