What’s been happening in January? 

I didn’t have too many plans for January but it turned out to be an AMAZINGLY good month!

I welcomed in 2018 at a little gathering at a friends house and then spent New Years Day with my family. It was such a fun and chilled way to bring in 2018, a year that I’m sure is going to be superb.

Just after the new year my brother Iain (finally!) proposed to his girlfriend Michelle! It was a complete surprise and I absolutely couldn’t be happier for them. We had a fantastic meal and drinks with both sets of families to celebrate the good news and it made me realise just how lucky I am to have such great people around me.

Then, to top it off, Michelle asked me to be her bridesmaid and, of course, I said yes! Now I’m even more excited! It’ll be lovely to be involved in the planning and be a big part of their special day.

In the middle of the month, I really sunk my teeth into work and some new projects with clients. The weather was pretty rubbish (loads of snow, ice and gale force winds) so I hunkered down inside and got stuff done.
miniature schnauzer ben

Then, after 40 days working in Africa, Thomas finally came home towards the end of the month! We had a busy first few days of him being home as his dad was scheduled in for an operation that was cancelled after he was already at the hospital.

We had a busy first few days of him being home as his dad was scheduled in for an operation that was cancelled after he was already at the hospital. He was gutted and we invited Thomas’ parents to stay with us for a few days to take their minds off it and cheer them up a bit. That meant plenty of eating out, some shopping and lots of catching up after Thomas was away for so long.

After that we managed to fit in a catch up with my family, a night with some of our best friends, saw friends who were visiting from Wales and we bought our first ski boots ready for our ski trip in March! All in all, a pretty great month!

Books I read in January… 

If you caught my 52 books challenge post at the beginning of January you’ll know I’ve challenged myself to read 60 books in 2018! January has got me off to a great start, with me reading eight books. EIGHT!

My first read of 2018 was Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson. An old man dies in an isolated northern town in Iceland and the new policeman thinks it may have been a murder. I loved the characters in this and the descriptions of a real-life town in Iceland.

Next, I read Evil Never Dies by T.R. Ragan. I read some of Ragan’s books in 2017 and always found them to be such great, easy and intriguing books. They’re definite page-turners and I have struggled quite a few times to put these books down and force myself to go to sleep at the end of the day!

The third read of the month was Killman Creek by Rachel Caine. It’s the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series and I really enjoyed the first when I read it last year. This one didn’t disappoint. This book was full of suspense and is fast-paced and exciting.

Fourth, was He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly. So many people had recommended this book that I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it. I was not disappointed in the slightest. I loved getting to know the characters and wondering what the sinister secrets that were hinted at were. Also LOVED the major twist at the end. A must read.

My fifth read of January was Beware The Past by Joy Ellis, another book I really enjoyed. A serial killer who targets young boys seems to reappear after 20 years without killing. Is it the same killer, or a copycat? The big twist at the end of this book actually made me gasp out loud as I absolutely wasn’t expecting it.

Then I read Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey, a little bit of a different genre of novel for me. It’s about an old lady who has dementia and keeps forgetting things. She quickly becomes caught up in her past and the fact that her sister went missing when she was a child. She soon becomes unable to distinguish past from present and is determined to get to the bottom of what happened 60 years before. I found myself really liking the old lady, Maud, and this kept me reading.

My seventh read of the month was Emma in The Night by Wendy Walker. This was an easy read, but had a real sense of intrigue that kept me reading and I finished it pretty quickly. Two sisters go missing three years previously then one of the sisters turns up out of the blue. Where has she been and where is her still-missing-sister?

My eighth (and final!) read of January was Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh. A teenager is found brutally murdered and her boyfriend is quickly arrested, but it soon becomes clear that the killer is still out there. A prosecutor neighbour takes on the case in defense of the accused and ropes in a local PI to help. Another easy but enjoyable read.

Blogs I read in January…

I enjoyed The Travel Hack’s post on 43 travel-related books to read in 2018. It gave me some great new titles to add to my reading list for this year!

This post on The Era of Entitlement was a really good read, especially in the wake of the recent press regarding the influencer (I hate that term!) who pitched a hotel for a complimentary stay and it really backfired.

New posts in January… 

52 Books Challenge: My 2017 Reads

2018 Travel Goals (Big and Small!)

Why January is The Best Time to Book Travel

2018 Life Goals

Quirky Places to Stay in Edinburgh

15 Things to do in Scotland in 2018

Why Freelancing Can Be Lonely

What’s happening in February? 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m kind of over the dark nights and freezing temperatures of winter. I’m looking forward to the days getting longer thanks to the lighter nights and the anticipation of spring that comes with it.

There’s lots planned in February – me and 8 friends are off to an ice hockey match, monthly tapas night at one of our favourite restaurants, hosting 2 dinner parties and I’m going to a wedding fayre as the first part of my bridesmaid duties. Thomas and I might even find time to sandwich a little trip in somewhere too…

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check in to my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Emma x