Book Club Mom’s January 2021 Recap

We are in the midst of a winter storm and pretty much snowed in with more to come. I was just beginning to think we were going to have an uneventful winter.

January came and went! I only read three books this month, but I’m already on track to read more in February.

Here’s a quick recap of book reviews and other things:

The Searcher by Tana French

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders


Blog views and other obsessions – two great tools for your blog – I’ve been spending a lot of time on Canva, which I talk about in this post. I have much to learn, though.


I featured two indie authors this month and have more lined up. Look for new Author Updates too!

Who’s That Indie Author? Kaitlyn Jain

Who’s That Indie Author? Bruce W. Bishop


Based on all the comments, I think we all had fun with this “How Well Read Are You” challenge. If you haven’t tried it, hop over and see!

How well read are you? Take this challenge and see!

Books on my list – based on the above challenge


What’s happening now? After finishing The Woman in the Window, I was in the mood for another psychological thriller and recently finished The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce. Keep an eye out for my review. Right now I’m reading a new biography by Scott Eyman – Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise. It’s long, but I’m enjoying it very much and will probably review that before I get The Perfect Wife review out. I have two more books lined up. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel and My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing.

Pretty soon, I’m going to get up from under this blanket and make some soup for dinner. Back to work tomorrow! What are you doing on this winter day?

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

28 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s January 2021 Recap

  1. May you get through the snowstorms without too much inconvenience, and with more opportunities for cozying up with a good book — and then telling us about it, Barb!

  2. Hi, Barbara – Great minds think alike! I am just emerging from my blankets to make soup for dinner as well. In fact, my niece and I have a Zoom date to make Lentil Soup together from Angela Landons ‘Oh She Glows for Dinner’.
    Thank you for sharing these books with us. I always enjoy your book suggestions and reviews.

  3. While here the sun is shining, the beaches have FINALLY been opened as of the oresident’s speech last night (long lockdown)! Stay safe in those snowstorms Barbara. I’m hoping that this UNbanning of beaches means that the libraries are open too …

    1. Hi Susan – yes for you I hope that is true. I’m glad you are enjoying more freedoms lately. We are waiting for our vaccinations, but are in the last category and it is very slow here in Pennsylvania. Stay safe and thank you for stopping by. 🙂

    1. Hi Jennifer – yes I loved Station Eleven and have been wanting to read this one ever since it came out. Hoping I can fit it in soon – I have to read a mystery book for work (The Perfect Wife) first. I think that will be a fast one though. Thanks for the visit – hope you are staying warm 🙂

  4. The Woman in the Window was good, Barb. So many books to read, so little time. 🙂 It was sunny in the 60s today, so not super wintery, but rain comes tomorrow again. Stay warm!

    1. Hi Lauren – yes I agree with your comment. People say it all the time, but it’s true – I feel like there are more books out than ever and you can only get to so many. We do our best, right? Thanks for the visit 🙂

    1. Hi Priscilla – I hadn’t heard o Shirley Jackson so I just looked her up and read about her. She indeed had a haunted life and I’m sure the biography is very interesting. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  5. I was reading Ann Victoria Robert’s new book “Housewife writes Bestseller” recently. – She tells us in this memoir how she did it. Based on a little ‘verboten’ diary a relative wrote while fighting in WWI, she researched his story and, in the process, wrote “Louisa Elliot.” It took her years to finalize the manuscript; the research she did is incredible, the coincidences almost unbelievable – but true. It took her years to complete the manuscript – but it made her an almost millionaire overnight as publishers struggled to get the rights at an auction in the early 1980s. She followed up after ‘Louisa Elliot’ was published and sold millions with “Liam’s Story,” the son born on the wrong side of the blanket, and both books became bestsellers. They had several new editions over the years. I read those two books a few years ago, but now I want to reread them – as soon as my time allows. Ann Victoria has written more books, another unforgettable one for me is “The Master’s Tale,” the life of Robert Smith, the Titanic captain. Since Ann’s husband is a master mariner, Ann has access to the important archives… I love this English writer! She draws you in, she paints pictures with words, you can’t put her books down.
    The title “Housewife writes Bestseller” sounds like a novel – but it is not; it is a memoir.

    1. Hi Gisele – thanks for sharing this information about Housewife Writes Bestseller – I hadn’t heard of it and will look for it. Thanks for reading and commenting, too!

  6. I shared the “How well read are you” challenge with a number of friends. They enjoyed it – and so did I! I felt good about knowing how many classics I’ve read over the years, as well as contemporary books, but still. So many still to go! I just finished The New Girl by Daniel Silva (the next to the last) and enjoyed tremendously. Good action, fast-paced which I need now that I’m stuck in the house with snow storm after snow storm so far in February (I was thankful for the “boring” January!!). I tried Hamnet, have you heard of that one? Literary fiction and kinda interesting but too …. literary and slow for me. Looking forward to reading The Woman in the Window, which I got on your recommendation. First up, Anxious People by Bachman. xo

    1. Hi Pam – a great line-up of books. I haven’t read any books by Daniel Silva but I know how popular they are. I should give them a go. Glad you had something to read in this winter weather. We just got about 5 additional inches yesterday, although the roads are already clear. I don’t know about Hamnet – I’ll have to look that up. I checked out the rental for Anxious People, but I didn’t get to it before I had to return it (just a week rental). I’ll defninetly read it, though and I look forward to hearing how you liked it. Thank you for reading and commenting. Glad your friends liked the challenge as much as we did!

      1. Yes, just got Anxious People e-book from my library, but they give me 21 days. Yay! Daniel Silva should be read in order; that said, I like his later ones with Gabriel Allon than the earlier ones. The last one I read – The New Girl – is soooo timely on geopolitical events.

      2. Good to know – my sister-in-law likes Ian Rankin and said you need to read those in order too. Yes, 21 days is much better for a loan. Since this was a rental, I wasn’t able to keep it longer (even though I have connections – haha!)

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