January 2023 reading list – Which books are worth the read and which should you skip?
One of my 2023 goals is to read 50 books this year. Yes, it’s the same as last year and, yes, that’s okay. You can review a list of all the books I rate 5 stars in 2022.
1. The It Girl by Ruth Ware
April Coutts-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford. April is civacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends, but by the end of their second term, April was dead. A decade later, Hannah is expecting her first child, and the man convicted of killing April, former Oxford porter John Neville, has died in prison. Relieved to have finally put the past behind her, Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah reconnects with her Oxford friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.
2. Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in Nana’s crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.
3. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
I loved this book – it was freaking hilarious. The story is set in Soviet life in the 1930s where one day the devil arrives in Moscow. One half of the story we follow the Master, who writes a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate, and the later half trail the Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him.
What’s on your reading list this month? Let me know in the comments below!