Wrap Up: January 2018

I had a pretty good reading month. I am still playing catch-up with all the ARCs I have to read (there are so many books coming out in February and March!) but still managed to read a few of my already owned books. I have also not read a book yet that I haven’t liked.

These are the books I read this month:

  1. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi: 5 out of 5 stars.
  2. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy: 4 out of 5 stars.
  3. Folk by Zoe Gilbert: 3 out of 5 stars.
  4. The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: 4 out of 5 stars.
  5. Monstress Vol. 1: The Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (reread): 5 out of 5 stars
  6. Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra: 4 out of 5 stars
  7. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers: 4 out of 5 stars
  8. The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson: 4 out of 5 stars
  9. The Starlings by Jo Walton: 3 out of 5 stars

Favourite of the month:

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, hands down. It is just stunning and I absolutely adored every second of it. I am very excited for more people to read this.

Stats (ish)

I read 9 books with 2400 pages and gave them an average of 4 stars. Of the 9 books, two were written by men, 6 by women and one by a person identifying as gender-nonconforming. I read two memoirs, two short story collections, one graphic novel, on literary fiction novel, one science fiction book, one novella (horror), and one mix between crime and fantasy.

I like that mix. I have been craving mostly genre fiction and memoirs. And will continue to read in this vain.

Currently Reading:

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell

How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S. A. Corey

(Some of the) Blog posts I loved:

Rachel’s list of her ARCs inspired me to write a similar post of my own and caused a bit of book envy.

Stuart’s list of classics he still needs to read made me remember similar goals I have.

Callum recommends brilliant family dramas (and has an all-around impeccable taste).

I loved JW’s post on spoilers and have been thinking about what constitutes a spoiler since.

I also really enjoyed Rick’s post about reading and Virgina Woolf.

I love reading about people discovering new favourites; especially when those are books I loved as well. Go and check out Sarah’s review of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

I really enjoyed Rita’s Alphabetical and think you all would, too.

How was your reading month? And do link me your favourite blog post you have written this month.


13 thoughts on “Wrap Up: January 2018

  1. Freshwater sounds fantastic! Thanks for the heads up here. I hadn’t even heard about it until now.

    I hope you enjoy Leviathan Wakes, but I was fairly underwhelmed with it. It was fine, just not something I would commit an entire series read to (the 7th book just came out I think).

    I’ve been hearing lots about I AM I AM I AM, but don’t know much about it. How’s it going? Worth taking a look at?

    And thanks for the shout out 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Freshwater is just so very brilliant. Slightly (very?) challenging though but utterly original.
      Leviathan Wakes is ok so far, if slightly masculine, somehow? I am buddy reading it with my boyfriend though which is fun. He tends to stick with series once he starts unlike me, so we’ll see how it goes.
      I was so very looking forward to I Am, I Am, I Am but so far (I’m around 60% through) I find it a bit uneven. Some chapters are powerful and some maybe a bit pointless.

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  2. HEY! Thanks for highlighting my spoilers post. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It actually sparked a lot more conversation than I ever thought it would, which was great!

    And holy moly you read a lot of books this month! I feel like I’ve been on the same book for a month! (actually, it’s been about a week, but that’s a lot longer than any other book this month!)

    Well done on a productive month, and thanks again for the nod!

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    1. I’m still thinking about what spoilers annoy me and which don’t (I hate being spoiled for tv shows; with books I happen to not care that much for example).
      And yes, I am pretty pleased with my reading month 🙂

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  3. Oh yay I’m glad you’re reading I Am, I Am, I Am! Hopefully I’ll finally finish that this week, and then I plan on starting Freshwater which I’m very excited about. I can’t wait to discuss both of these.

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