Mama OWL Blog: #50Books2013 - January Round-Up

#50Books2013 - January Round-Up

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Welcome all, and thank you so much to everyone who has joined in with the challenge. It's great to have you on board and I've really enjoyed reading your reviews and getting some inspiration for new titles to read. As I mentioned before I only managed 24 books last year but I hope with the help of my new e-reader I will be able to spend more of my spare time (not that I get much of it) reading instead of just vegging out in front of the television.

Remember - it's not a race or a competition, simply a personal goal for ourselves to spur us on and encourage our love of reading! You don't have to join in all the time either, or write really detailed posts. Whatever you want & have time for is fine by me, there are no rules! I will try and get round to everyone's posts and tweets but if you want to make sure that I definitely get to them then just pop them in an email to me.

I've currently on my ninth book (The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne) and I have reviewed books 1-3 and books 4-7, featuring titles by Jodi Picoult, Alyson Noel and Eowyn Ivey amongst others. I've really pushed myself to spend more time reading instead of watching tv and I have found that it's really helped with my insomnia too which is a huge bonus.

Sarah from Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns has reviewed her recent reads, including Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass. I have read only one of CG's books before but I fully intend on reading more, they are very harrowing stories about children she has fostered but like Sarah says in her review, they are real eye openers. Quite an eclectic mix of titles in Sarah's reviews this month, definitely worth taking a look ;)

This Day I Love's Leyla has read Michael Cargill's Shades of Grey, a compilation of three short stories which Leyla describes as 'gripping' and highly recommends, check out her review and decide for yourself.

Soph's had an epic reading month and has read 11 books so far, excellent work! You can find her (very informative) reviews at Ignoring Life, most recently The Penguin Complete Novels of Nancy Mitford.

Jo has shared her reviews with us at Ojo's World - her first ever reviews of anything! Excellent reviews they are too, including titles by Andrew Mayne & Katia Lief, that Jo says are real page-turners.

Emma has linked up and shared her views on three books this month, you can find her reviews at Emma's Little World and find out what she thought about titles from Carole Matthews, Cathy Kelly & Sheila O Flanagan.

Shay (and Family!) has shared her January reads with us, including Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Shay has given it five stars and highly recommends it so it is definitely going to be added to my reading list.

Sara at mumturnedmom has taken on a 900 page epic to kick off her #50Books2013 challenge, see what she has to say about it in her first review post.

Mama, You Talk? has crossed off three books for January, starting her year with The Hunger Games trilogy from Suzanne Collins. See what Ellen thought about them and share your own opinions on them with her - may the odds be ever in your favour!

Emma from Bubbablue and Me has racked up seven reads for her January update, mixing it up with chick lit, crime and psychological thrillers and has found some great freebie reads on Kindle, check out her reviews and recommendations.

Have you written a book review for #50Books2013 or have a title that you would like to recommend? Join in with the linky below and share it with us.

If you would like to be included in next month's round-up please be sure to email me your links by February 26th. Thank you, and thanks for joining in and taking part in the challenge with us.


  1. I have just started number 5!

  2. Yay!! Everyone is doing fab :) I really am enjoying this challenge. xx

  3. Well done everyone, keep up the lovely reading x

  4. Loving the reviews everyone, I will do my best to get round and comment on them all this week x

  5. I'm loving getting ideas from everyone else on what to read. It's a great way of finding new books. Really need to read books instead of watching tv (but that means no more multitasking with tv and twitter/blogging!)

    1. Me too Emma, I'm adding Life of Pi to my list after Shay's recommendation x

  6. Can't figure out how to get the linky box on my own page, but I have linked up!! I haven't been keeping a tally yet, but I have read at least one book in the last few weeks, so I've reviewed that one :-)

    1. Great! *off to read* thanks for taking part :) x

  7. Yay, loving this reading challenge and being able to link up with everyone!! :)

    Life of Pi is a great read, you won't regret it xx

    Also, I nominated you for a Liebster Award!

  8. I've managed to do 3 books this month, also including The Hunger Games trilogy! I'm hoping to match that in February, but I do have some long books I want to read as well. I think I will start with Perfect for You, that you recommended in a previous post. x

  9. I set myself a challenge of one book a month - last year I only read one! To be fair, I was juggling a new born and a dissertation but I really was dissapointed in myself! I just finished my first book - I think I added my link to your widget! Looking forward to the next round up! Xo


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