Books I Read Over Christmas

Ever the project queen, a lot of people asked me what I had planned to do over Christmas. “Sit on the sofa and read loads of books” was my answer.

And that is exactly what I did.

I don’t make time for reading most of the time, since I wake up early to blog and when I crack open a book in bed I am asleep in seconds. I really did enjoy reading so much over Christmas, so I am going to make time for at least an hour a day moving forward.

What did I read, I hear you ask? No problem, reader, you are in the right place to find out.

The first thing I read was Animal by Sara Pascoe. This had been given to me by my brother last Christmas, and I’d read bits and bobs of it through the year but it wasn’t a smooth read. Sara is a comedian, and is very, very funny. Animal is a non-fiction book where she looks into being a female, covering things like the history of consent (including a REALLY interesting story of how the age of consent came about), monogamy, periods, and of course, sex.

It’s full of really funny bits and is absolutely interesting, but it’s very dense and for me was a very slow read (which is why it took me a year). My brother listened to the audio book, and I think it would be much better in audio than on paper.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen was my second read of the holidays. A diary written by an old man living in an old people’s home in Amsterdam may sound like a boring read, but it turns out the elderly can get up to a lot of fun. Hendrik, not ready to sit in a sofa all day and moan, forms the “Old But Not Yet Dead” club where he and his friends take trips out and get up to lots of mischief. A hilarious book that will make you sob and visit your grandparents twice as much. It seems to have been made into a stage show in the Netherlands. I hope it comes over here too.

I was given Christmas with Dull People by my sister for Christmas this year – it’s three short stories that I easily finished in under an hour. Written in Edwardian times, the three stories still have the same annoying elements we see today – writing thank you cards for things you didn’t want, putting up with obnoxious people, and finding a way to escape annoying people.

The Cows by Dawn O’Porter is what I would call a “viral book” because you see it absolutely everywhere. If I’d not bought the digital copy for my Kindle, I would have it all over my Instagram as well (I have tried so many times to take nice photos of book covers on my Kindle and alas they always turn out rubbish). I found it via Emma Gannon, and I figured that she knows a good book. The Cows is about three women – Stella who is still feeling the loss of her twin sister, which makes her mental health not so great, Cam a blogger who is living the life (all the blogger goals here) and Tara, a single mum whose life is turned upside down after a date.

The story is gripping more so in some places than in others, but it was really enjoyable and I blitzed through the last third of the book in about a day as I couldn’t stop reading. There are sections of Cam’s blog in the book and I must say, I probably wouldn’t be following her if she was a real blogger. Tara was by far my favourite character, and her story is one that could so easily happen to any of us.

Corbyn Comics was a book I got free at my local bookshop that was doing a buy 2 get 1 free offer. It’s a collection of short comics about Corbyn, some quite heavy and some quite fun (the one where he offers Trump a jar of jam is probably my favourite).

Have you read any of these books? I’m looking in particular to get a discussion going about The Cows, since there’s so much to talk about!



  1. I haven’t even heard of any of these! The Cows sounds intriguing – I’ll add it to my list.
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  2. I am downloading the Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen tonight. Hoping to read it this weekend and in time for the book club discussion next week.
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    • Charlotte says:

      I really hope you enjoy it! It took me quite a while to read, so if you don’t make it in time, don’t beat yourself up over it.

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