- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (★★★★☆)
- Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (★★★★☆)
- If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (★★★★★)
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (★★★★☆)
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (★★★☆☆)
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (★★★★★)
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (★★★☆☆)
- A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 8
YEARLY SO FAR: 8
January was an incredible reading month for me! Eight books is kind of a record! My average per month is normally something like 4-6, at most, so I’m really proud of myself. I can’t take all the credit, though – most of these books were pretty fantastic, which of course made it easy to zip through them quickly.
There were only two outliers, and even those weren’t terrible! Children of Blood and Bone was disappointing and dragged on for quite a bit, but it was still fun. The Good Daughter, though not something I would reach for again, was nevertheless a page turner. All the other books were pretty amazing; some of them may even go on my “best of” list at the end of this year. January has set the standard high for this year, haha.
Right now I’m reading three books. First is Stalking Jack the Ripper, which is unfortunately not turning out to be as gripping as I had hoped. It’s also a little bit ridiculous. I literally just started Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight, and it’s very weird so I have no idea how I feel about it just yet. And in my effort to read non-fiction and also do research for my book, I’m reading Policing Egyptian Women: Sex, Law, and Medicine in Khedival Egypt which is just so fascinating, you guys. I’m learning so much.
In terms of TBR I’ve already gotten Red Sister out of the library. I also have soooooo many incredible ARCs, including The Queens of Innis Lear, Toil and Trouble, All Out, The Diminished, Ace of Shades, Circe, Freshwater, Girls Burn Bright, and Furyborn! I don’t even know where to begin! Help me out, y’all, have you read any of these ARCs and think there’s somewhere in particular I should start?
- The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (★★★★★)
- The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (★★★☆☆)
- The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan (★☆☆☆☆)
- Court of Fives by Kate Elliott (★★★☆☆)
- Jade City by Fonda Lee (★★★☆☆)
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (★★☆☆☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY SO FAR: 75
Okay, so first of all, hats off to me for finishing off a whopping six books this month! I know for a lot of folks here in the book blogging sphere that doesn’t seem like much, but I haven’t accomplished this in a long time! I definitely tried to dedicate more time to reading than I usually do this month, and because I read so many books I didn’t love, I was in a hurry to finish them and get on to something better. Funny how that works.
So let’s talk about that, huh? This was…not a great month! It started off amazing with The Dark Days Pact, but it very steadily went downhill from there. I finally finished off The Bloodprint, which was as terrible as the first chapter promised; I’m actually surprised and proud I managed not to DNF it. Then I wanted to try some Kate Elliot, and though Court of Fives wasn’t as terrible as some reviewers make it out to be, I didn’t love it. The Abyss Surrounds us, a f/f sci-fi that everyone purports is the greatest thing ever, was only just okay. Jade City, a highly anticipated fantasy, was not for me. And finally, my classic read of the month, Northanger Abbey, was dreadful.
I’m really hoping I start off the new year with better books! Currently I’m reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I’m only one chapter in, so I don’t have too much of an opinion yet, but it seems entertaining. And…that’s it! It’s been so long since I was only reading one book at a time. I’m sure that won’t last long, though. I’m meant to be starting a buddy read of The Lymond Chronicles, beginning with The Game of Kings. I’m also thinking to read Jane Eyre, but I’m not 100% on that yet; I think I might need a break from classics for a bit! Other than that, I don’t think I have any specific plans!
We’ve come to the end of the year, however, so stay tuned for a) a best books of the year post and b) a more reflective end of the year post including some bookish resolutions.