First month of the year and I’m very happy with how it went. Eighteen books read, seven of which I reviewed, although I’m sure I’ll review one or two more before the year is out. Lots of these were audiobooks (seven of them, in fact), and that’s probably because since I started my new job this month, I’m spending more time in the car. I have a longer commute now, which means I can get big chunks of books read while I’m on my way into or out of the office.
I got loads of books for Christmas, of which I’ve read precisely, uh, none, so I’m going to have to rectify that shortly. I’ve got a whole shelf full of them sitting in my office, waiting for me to catch up. But that’s okay. I’ve got lots of time.
All in all, 2018 isn’t off to a bad start!
- Long May She Reign – Rhiannon Thomas
- Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates
- One Small Act of Kindness – Lucy Dillon
- A Life Without You – Katie Marsh
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
- The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain
- Apricots and Wolfsbane – KM Pohlkamp
- A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3) – Claudia Gray
- The Time Machine – HG Wells
- To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo
- The Edge – Dick Francis*
- The Silent Sister – Diane Chamberlain
- Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions #1) – Lemony Snicket
- Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) – Tomi Adeyemi
- The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
- Leave Me – Gayle Forman
- Sunflowers in February – Phyllida Shrimpton
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) – JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Favourite Book This Month
Children of Blood and Bone. I’ve been looking forward to this book since last July, when I read the sampler, so I had pretty high expectations going in. Thematically, it wasn’t a million miles away from Fire Lines, which I thought was pretty alright, but I think this was stronger.
I said in my review that I wasn’t exactly happy with the ending of the book, but overall, for hype, expectation, and then the excitement and joy I felt most of the way through reading, this was still my #1 book for January.
Least Favourite Book This Month
This was a tough one. For one reason or another, there were a few unlikeable reading experiences this month. I really hated the narrators in The Prince and the Pauper. I didn’t really like the story in Who Could That Be At This Hour? I thought the construction of The Tattooist of Auschwitz was off.
But (and this is surprising, because I really liked the actual books), my least favourite book this month was actually Harry Potter. The Cursed Child is so off the wall in terms of plot, and deviates so completely from established canon in the original Harry Potter series that I actually can’t take it seriously at all.
I saw the stage show of Cursed Child in mid-2017, and when you’re watching it, the phenomenal staging and special effects almost let you gloss over the fact that the plot is flat-out ridiculous. But reading the book of the script, there’s nothing to mask how poor a follow-up this is to the original story arc which so many millions of people loved. I might write a full review of this later on (I only read it last night), but it’s definitely a massively disappointing experience.
Favourite cover art
I’m starting the year off in a way that I’m likely to continue it. I have TWO favourite cover arts this month. One, because watercolours are beautiful, and it matches so well with the others in the series, and the other because it’s wonderfully atmospheric, and captures the personality of the main character. Long May She Reign and A Million Worlds With You are my joint favourite cover arts this month.
I’m definitely happy that I’ve pared myself down to only two blog posts a week. My new job is time-consuming and tiring, and I’m still settling myself in, so I’m glad I set myself up early with a smaller commitment, so I feel like it’s still something I can do and I won’t feel guilty if I can’t post three times in one week. This is my first career job, so I don’t want to mess it up, and as much as I love blogging, it’s not where my life is going overall. So unfortunately, my commitment to the blog will be lessened, but that’s just life, I guess.