I love January and the new year, because I get more time to read than in the busy time leading up to Christmas. This year, because I am a fully-fledged Driven Woman, included in my reading list for the first time is a self-help book (for lack of any other description), which was recommended to me by one of the members in the network. And, as usual, there’s also one Nordic Noir title, and an indie book on my virtual bedside table.
The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters
This book was recommended to me by Miisa Mink, founder of the Driven Woman concept. I have yet to start it, but she speaks highly of Professor Peter’s ability to explain how our mind works, and how the Chimp inside us is often trying to protect us in situations where we do not need it. I can’t wait to read this book.
Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or follow me on Goodreads, you know I love this Norwegian Nordic Noir author. Nesbo has now come up with a new thriller series following his highly successful Harry Hole books. This novel is already on my Kindle, and I’m very tempted to download the next book, which is called Midnight Sun, too, but am holding my horses until I’ve read this one. (Difficult to resist, though). I shall report back what I think about the new characters and plot in a book review soon.
The Beggar & The Hare by Tuomas Kyrö
I picked up this book when I was last at the Waterstone’s flagship store in London’s Piccadilly. The Beggar & The Hare, a retelling by Tuomas Kyrö of the modern classic, The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna, sounds intriguing. I read the first few pages on the tube on my way home, and was immediately hooked. If the rest of the novel is half as funny and surreal as the The Year of the Hare, I’m in for a treat!
Marry in Haste by Debbie Young
I was given this next book free as a review copy, but only because I asked for it. Debbie Young is a fellow indie author, and has written several collections of short stories. These 15 warm, witty short stories take an affectionate look at the institution of marriage, offering five gentle tales about each of the following stages: seeking a partner, committing to marriage, and surviving the long haul. Perfect for the tube!
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
This is an author that I absolutely love reading. If you haven’t come across her books yet, you’re in for a treat. Liane Moriarty is a hugely successful Australian author who writes witty, engaging and intelligent books about family life – and romance. Three wishes is a story about three sisters, so it couldn’t be more perfect for me. The novel is out on the 28th of January, and I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my book choices for the new year. What books do you have on your Kindle or on your bedside table?