The January Book Tag

BookTube was one of my biggest vices in 2019, and one of my favourite channels was Book Break. Book Break is the You Tube channel from UK publishing house PanMcMillan, fronted by Emma.

This year, they created their own book tag. It’s perfect for fighting off the January blues – a lot easier to do now we’re on the home stretch out of the month.

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What’s a book you’ve read so far in 2020 that’s cheered you up?

Sandi Toksvig’s Between the Stops is an absolutely wonderful book. It’s got all of Sandi’s lovely charm paired with some interesting tidbits about London. It’s a beautiful love letter to the UK capital.

Recommend a book set in winter.

Isabelle Broom is a champion at books set in wonderful places, and she has two gorgeous winter books to see you through these dark months. A Year and a Day is set in the Czech capital, with three separate women discovering the city. One Winter’s Morning is set in New Zealand, and it will for sure have you reaching for your passport.

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Recommend a book set in the dark.

When I think of books in the dark, I think of thrillers. A book where you can’t quite tell what’s going to happen – you’ve been kept in the dark, so to speak. For a fantastic thriller, look no further than Liz Nugent, Cara Hunter, and Jane Corry.

Recommend a book set in a cold climate.

I absolutely loved The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. It’s partially set in Svalbard, one of the most northern and isolated islands in the world. There’s nothing more cosy than sitting under a blanket on the couch while reading about one of Earth’s coldest extremes.

Recommend a book that takes place over a whole year.

If you loved One Day in December by Josie Silver, We Met in December by Rosie Curtis is absolutely up your street. Jess has fallen for her roommate Alex, but a relationship and house rules threaten to get in the way.

Recommend a cosy spot to read.

There’s nothing better than reading in bed. It’s the best way to unwind after the day, and I love fitting in a little more reading before I go to sleep. This has especially been made more cosy for me as I have a new mattress on my bed which is far more cosy than the old one.

Recommend a reading snack.

I know it’s super messy, but there cannot be any snack better than nachos. Your book might not look the cleanest following your reading session but your tummy will really thank you for it.

What books are you most looking forward to coming out in 2020?

I could be here for hours, so I’ll give you a short overlook.

Are you feeling any better about it being January now?

To be honest, I’m just glad it’s almost over.

3 thoughts on “The January Book Tag

  1. This month has been a bit blue, hasn’t it? I’m also a fan of reading in bed, though because it’s so cold at the moment I’m also really enjoying curling up in the middle of our corner sofa with a duvet, a cup of coffee, and some dark chocolate covered almonds 😍

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