The January Reading List

Although I'm very sad to say goodbye to Christmas, I was over the moon to get some fabulous books and lots of reading done over the Christmas period. Here are a few books I've got on my Januar waiting list. 


 I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork
'In response, police investigator Holger Munch is immediately charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Krüger – a brilliant but troubled detective – who has retreated to a solitary island with plans to kill herself.

Reviewing the file, Mia finds something new – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. She knows that this is only the beginning. To save other children from the same fate, she must find a way to cast aside her own demons and stop this murderer from becoming a serial killer.'

When reading the synopsis, it seemed like a typical detective novel, however, this is different. From the offset, the story completely grips you. There's so much mystery in the book, not only with the crime itself but surrounding the detectives Mia and Holger and I found myself constantly wanting to know more about their backgrounds and stories. 

The story is full of twists and turns and I definitely didn't see the ending coming. That's what makes this book so special and unique. If you're into crime/thrillers, this is the one I recommend. 
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

'You’ve been held captive in one room.


You’ve been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old.


Then, one night, you realise your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.


For the first time in eight years, you’re free

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This is what happens next.'

A different take on a difficult, captivity story. It follows the aftermath of the terrible event. Not only does it follow the young girl who escaped her evil captor, but it also follows the captor himself as the police and investigators try and distinguish what kind of man he is and what he's capable of. 

There are so many stories available like this,  I'm afraid isn't that unique. However, I have enjoyed this so far, reading about the aftermath and the effects it has on everyone's lives. It's an interesting read!
The Wrong Case by James Crumley

'Milo Milodragovitch is a once-successful divorce lawyer, who now prefers to spend his days drinking and staring out the window. That all changes when Helen Duffy walks into his office and asks him to find her missing brother.


Though it's not his usual line of work, Milo agrees to help - he needs the money, and he wants to spend more time with this beautiful woman. But this is far from a routine case, and whispers of a long-past crime haunt Milo's every move.'

I think one of the reasons I haven't got around to starting this book is the proof copy cover! I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it can be hard not too! However, after reading this synopsis again, I've become a lot more interested and I can't wait to give this a read.
The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

'When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant.

Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.'

First published in 1929, this book was recently remastered and released. I haven't got a lot left to read of this book, but I've really enjoyed reading it! 

In all honestly, period books don't interest me normally, it's just a personal thing really and I just enjoy books that are set in the modern day. The main character George, meets Meggie for the first time (he's only ever known her as an acquaintance), they fall in love and he proposes. No spoilers here, this happens in just a short few days of knowing each other. That bugged me, but apart from that, the main storyline is fantastic. 

Again, it's a book full of mystery and suspense. I've got the last few chapters to read, so I'm hoping they'll really tie the book together for  gripping ending 
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson 
'What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.
Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . .'
I got completely obsessed with this book after reading the first few pages. I received this for Christmas and being a Criminology graduate, I was guaranteed to find this book intersting and be gripped almost instantly. 
I've never read anything by Jon Ronson, however I found his writing charming. Through his journey meeting 'psychopths', it was easy to follow. The writing wasn't overly complicated even though it was such a sensitive and complex topic. It was funny! Jon Ronson made this a book for the masses and I'm really looking forward to reading some more of his books.
The Essential RuPaul by John Davies 

'RuPaul the most famous drag queen in the world, recording artist, cult television host, pop-cultural icon is celebrated in this essential fan guide'



Anyone close to me would tell you that I'm a huge RuPaul fan, I've honestly lost count of how many times I've rewatched all series of RuPaul's Drag Race on Netflix. My boyfriend understands my obsession and happily bought this book for me for Christmas. It's definately a coffee table book as it full of beautiful illustrations of Queens who killed it on Drag Race, of course including RuPaul herself. 

This is essential for any RuPaul fans, it's beautiful. 

Have you read anyone of these books before?

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