And that’s a wrap for … January

Man, what a year it’s been. I mean, month. I am not normally one of those people who feels like January lasts an eternity but this one was a doozy.

Only word sums up January and that word is : shit. The gift that kept on giving. On the 23rd my maternal grandmother passed away. She was turning 98 this year so it really was a case of sooner rather than later, I suppose. And yet, we are never prepared, are we? I was definitely not prepared for all the crap that happened, and is still happening, after. Families, man. The story is way too long and ugly to get into here, although it might do me some good to write it all down and get it out of my system. But for now, let’s just say I’m feeling somewhat off-kilter and it might take some time to get back to my “normal” self.

Needless to say, my reading took a knock as well. I was so determined to get a decent head-start on my Goodreads challenge this year. Let’s see what happened …


Boy, am I getting off to a good start or what?! 😳🀣. I mean, sure, 5 isn’t bad. But I was kind of aiming for something between 10 and 15 so you know …


Just about the ‘book of the month’ because if I had finished another one a few hours earlier, it would have been a different story.


It hurts and the withdrawal symptoms are extremely ugly, but I think I’m getting the hand of this whole “buy less books” thing. Also, I already read two of these so the TBR is staying nicely under control, thank you very much.


I like me some Simants. Don’t have a clue what this one is about.
I heard a lot about this new Jewell novel and it sounds good so tried my luck and here it is.
May have gotten Sam Lloyd confused with someone else, so this is a bit of an accident but hopefully a good one.


Review : The Simple Truth by James Buckler
Review : The Hiking Trip by Jenny Blackhurst
Review : The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett
Review : Exiles by Jane Harper

Repost of a review for the reissue of Remember Me by Lynda Renham

A look back on the year that was 2022
The ones that got away in 2022
Some of my most anticipated books of 2023

And that’s a wrap for January! Not exactly the best of starts but onwards and upwards, right? Hope you all had a great month. Until next time! xx

  29 comments for “And that’s a wrap for … January

  1. February 6, 2023 at 9:48 am

    Big hugs Eva. Even when you’re prepared, it’s not easy losing a family member – 97 is a fantastic age xx

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  2. February 6, 2023 at 10:44 am

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your grandma and all that came afterwards. Sending you hugs, Eva. Hopefully, February will be better.

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  3. February 6, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Sorry you’ve had such an awful month and my sympathies on the loss of your grandmother. Hope things improve this month xx

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    • February 9, 2023 at 9:00 am

      Thank you, Cathy! I’m trying to drown myself in books and Lego. I’m such an adult 🀣. xx

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  4. February 6, 2023 at 11:12 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about loss of your grandmother. Sending you hugs. I hope things get better soon.

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  5. February 6, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss Eva.. it doesn’t matter what age they have, losing someone always hurts the same. I hope you find some comfort in your reads!

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    • February 9, 2023 at 9:01 am

      Thanks so much, Inge. It really doesn’t matter at all. We were already convinced she’d get to be 100, as if almost 98 wasn’t impressive enough. xx

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  6. February 6, 2023 at 11:23 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Sending you lots love and gentle hugs. Regardless of age, or that their passing is expected… the loss of someone close to you always feels like it happened far too soon. That’s bad enough, but any family drama that follows makes it all so much worse, doesn’t it? *shakes head sadly*

    The books: I’ve read (and absolutely LOVED) two of the books you listed above; ‘Spare” and “The Drift’. I need to look up the others you mentioned! (As if I need even *more* books on my TBR, right? LOL)

    Great post!

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    • February 9, 2023 at 9:03 am

      It really does make it all so much worse. On the other hand, I need never see any of them again so silver lining πŸ˜‰.

      The Drift is currently my book of the year. I know, considering it’s only February that doesn’t sound impressive yet but it will! πŸ˜‚.

      And yes, you (we all) need more books on the TBR for when the bookapocalypse happens!

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  7. February 6, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your Grandmother, big hugs and love your way and I hope things sort themselves out xx

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    • February 9, 2023 at 9:04 am

      They will by ignoring the existence of a family members 😏. Thank you, Yvonne! xx

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  8. Karen
    February 6, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending a hug. No matter the age, it still hurts. I hope the family situation improves very soon xx

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    • February 9, 2023 at 9:05 am

      It won’t. That door is not only closed, it’s locked and bolted. Thank you for the hugs! xx

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  9. Jo
    February 6, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    Oh Eva – what a month. Sending hugs and best wishes x

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  10. February 6, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    Sending love Eva. A shit start to the year indeed but your posts always make me smile x

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    • February 9, 2023 at 9:06 am

      Aw, that’s great to know! Thank you for that and for the love! xx


  11. February 7, 2023 at 9:04 am

    I’m so sorry about about your grandmother. Sending big hugs and good books your way. Looks like you got a good one with the new Lisa Jewell! Xx

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  12. February 7, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    Great wrap-up. I’m SO jealous of your Lisa Jewell. I requested it ages ago, but have never heard back…πŸ˜•

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 9, 2023 at 9:07 am

      Blah, I hate it when that happens. Some publishers are really … mean (lack of a better word). I was rejected twice last week by the same one. Apparently because my profile information needs to include everything except my shoe size πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ.

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  13. February 9, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Haha! I think my profile is acceptable to them. I think it is just because I’m too greedy πŸ€ͺπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š Hope you love the book!


  14. February 9, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and having to deal with the family drama afterwards to boot at that! Some people have a lot of nerve. *shakes head* I hope February is treating you better! xx

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