The Year in Books :: January 2015

I am so pleased that Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees has decided to keep going with her Year in Books project from last year.  I really enjoyed documenting the books that I read in 2014, and am looking forward to doing the same with the books from 2015.

So in December 2014 I read three books, which kind of surprised me – I felt like I was not reading much at all, rather spending the time fretting over one thing or another (daft).

Christmas Books

First I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which I read every year if I can, it is one of my favourites.  I have to say that this time around I was not feeling overly Christmassy, so it seemed to fall ever so slightly flat for me which I was quite sad about.   But it was still a lovely read and one that I will definitely read again in December this year.

Letters from Father Christmas

Next up was another Christmas staple for me – Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien.  You may know that I love all things Tolkien anyway, and this is just a lovely lovely book.  I always enjoy reading this one, even just flipping through is a joy – there are facsimiles of the letters Tolkien sent to his children, and they are works of art in themselves without even reading the words!

Work and Love

The last book I read in December was Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen which is a biography of Tove Jansson (big fan of the Moomins too!) and it was a really enjoyable look into the world of the woman who created the wonderful world of the Moomins.  At times the translation seemed a little stilted, but the information in the book was so interesting.  I might buy myself a copy of this one at some point, it was another visually stunning book to look through.

As for January, I am not sure what will be on my reading horizon.  I am reading Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos at the moment and finding that quite interesting, although I am not a huge fan of the writing style – the sentences seem quite short and disjointed sometimes.


I am craving some fiction of some kind that I can lose myself in, and obviously nothing on my shelves seems to appeal to me at the moment!  I am wanting to try and switch off from mindless media consumption in 2015 and really get stuck in to other things that might be seen as more useful (?) and reading seems to be one of the things that has really suffered in recent years for me in favour of the TV and the internet.  Not for much longer I am hoping!

Here’s to a good year of reading!  What have you got lined up for January?

Organdie. x



2 thoughts on “The Year in Books :: January 2015

  1. Lovely book selection. I am also hoping to spend more time reading actual books, and less time on the Internet… it is so tempting though.

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