January Wrap Up – Books

Wildflowers by Peggy Frew – I was lucky enough to start the month with a book I really enjoyed, and it was a great way to kick start my reading for the year. This book had a lot of elements I love – family drama, it was set in Australia, well developed characters, a touch of intrigue, and it was beautifully written and captured me from the first chapter. I’ve come to realise over the last few years that I really enjoy Australian literature, and I’ve been lucky to discover so many Australian authors that I love. This was the first book I’ve read from Peggy Frew but it sparked my curiosity to check out the rest of her work.

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz – This was the first book of the year for my work book club, and was picked by a fellow member of the club. I don’t think I would have picked this book up of my own accord, but I ended up loving it. I’ve seen a lot of comparison to The Lovely Bones, and I can see why. A lot of the themes are similar, and the book left me with the same sort of bittersweet anger. I had expected it to be a run-of-the-mill thriller novel, but it ended up being a beautiful story that brought me to tears.

The Accident by Katie McMahon – I just realised every author I read this month is an Australian author. Looks like I am really committing to my newfound love for Australian fiction 👀 This also had a lot of themes I enjoy – more family drama, well-developed characters, and an element of mystery. It gave me Liane Moriarty vibes. This was another great read, and another Australian author I will be checking out more from in the future.

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