How often do you look seriously at a book’s title? We shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when some of them are pretty darn spectacular, maybe we should. In this case, let’s start the year off by thinking about books that have January in the title…
One of the most well-known is Patricia Highsmith’s The Two Faces of January, written in the 1960s. Highsmith is particularly well-regarded when it comes to thrillers (think cat and mouse chases, dastardly deeds and long-buried secrets) – and The Two Faces of January is no exception. Now, January isn’t a character in the novel – the three main ones are Rydal, Chester and Colette (great names!), so you’ll need to dig in to find out more about this one.
Alix E.Harrow wrote The Ten Thousand Doors of January much more recently, only in 2019, and this is described as a fantasy, with January Scaller, its protagonist, at the centre of the plot. If you like a mystery set in a mansion, filled with old artefacts and a strange book with many tales of its own, this might be the book for you – it will certainly take you on a journey like no other.
For much younger readers, or those who just fancy a trip back to their childhood, Elizabeth Falconer’s January Brings the Snow (actually, it doesn’t much, anymore, and perhaps we should blame climate change for that) is perfect. This is a beautiful book of rhymes, all focusing on different months of the year. In the depths of winter, it is sometimes comforting to read something that captures the season – and this book does just that.
So, there you have it – three books with January in the title. See how many months you can find in other book titles. Now, don’t dilly-dally – march right on and you may find what you are looking for!