Books I Read in January 2023
It’s time for my first reading wrap-up of 2023. These are the books I read in January 2023 with my short review of each.
It was a slow reading month for me as I was ill for the first two weeks of the New Year, but I enjoyed the books that I managed to finish and I’m not putting pressure on myself to read more until I’m feeling 100%.
Books I read in January 2023
First up, I finally finished Lessons in Chemistry that I began in November 2022. It took me forever to finish this book, and I’m surprised as the reviews were so amazing. For me, this was a 3.5 star read. I liked the characters and the campaign was incredible, the cover and packaging were great. But the copy was misleading as the cookery show element doesn’t begin until 50% of the way through, and the twists throughout are like whiplash but the ending was a bit of a dud for me. I liked the characters, and I can understand the love from other readers, but for me, this was a miss.
Next up was a re-read. I had a sudden urge to listen to the audiobook of Daisy Jones and the Six. And I’m grateful to discover I still love the book. The TV series is coming out – finally! – in 2023, and I wanted to get a sense of the characters again as it’s been about 4 years since I last read this book. I still get such strong Fleetwood Mac vibes from it and the casting is incredible.
My friends will know that I love Queer Eye and the Fab Five, particularly Jonathan Van Ness. He’s adorable, funny, and honest and I want to hug him. He released a new non-fiction book of observations in April 2022 and I finally got around to listening to the audiobook which he narrates. It’s a really powerful book with honest opinions but also a very nuanced delivery. From discussing his relationship with his Dad who supported Trump to his top advice for working with your hairdresser, to his thoughts on J.K. Rowling and TERFs. I found it very informative as well as entertaining and enjoyable. Would recommend.
In January I’m doing a 30 Day Decluttering Challenge and in the second half of the month I needed some guidance and inspiration, and this audiobook helped with that. The book itself isn’t anything groundbreaking, and it feels more like an ad for the Sort and Succeed business than anything else. But it did give me the motivation I needed to declutter one weekend.
A non-fiction book about manifesting, a personal development way of tapping into the power of the universe to achieve results. It sounds a bit hog-washy to me, and this book wasn’t the best at explaining it in a way I felt relevant or real.
A children’s classic by the author of James Bond. This story is incredibly British but quite far-fetched and boring. The character of Chitty – the car – is the best bit, which is why I think the film and musical production works so well. The story is very different from the musical, and I would say stick with the musical over the book.
For anyone who wants to save a few pennies I highly recommend this book. There are some great tips that you use immediately, from websites where you can compare pricing, to advice on saving money on day trips with the family. I immediately downloaded a few plugins to my Google Chrome and started shopping around on recommended sites for bargains and freebies. Really insightful, but likely to go out of date quickly, so read it now.
What books did you read in January 2023? Let me know in the comments below.