I am determined to have a better reading year than last year and very purposefully chose my books. I finally finished a few books I had been reading way too long and I am now trying to just pick the books I am absolutely feeling like going forward. This worked out well for this month.
Books I read in January:
- Open Book by Jessica Simpson: 4 out of 5 stars
- Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo: 3 out of 5 stars
- Things I Don’t Want To Know by Deborah Levy: 4.5 out of 5 stars
- Magic Stars (Kate Daniels #8.5) by Ilona Andrews: 3 out of 5 stars
- You Perfect, Broken Thing by C. L. Clark: 4 out of 5 stars
- The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin: 3.5 out of 5 stars
- Magic Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews: 4 out of 5 stars
- The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Favourite of the Month:
My favourite thing I read this month were the first two installments of Deborah Levy’s living autobiography. The last part will be published later this year and I am very excited. While I do not always agree with Levy’s points, her prose is stunning and her structure impeccable. I cannot wait to read more of her backlist while I wait for her next book.
I read 8(ish) books this month. Six were written by women and two by an author team. Three books can be categorized as fantasy, three were non-fiction, one was translated fiction, and I also read one short story.
What I should be getting to next:
I am very close to finishing A Crooked Tree (started brilliantly, is currently dragging) and Hall of Smoke (great world, great main character, odd pacing). Afterwards I will hopefully start on my March ARCs. I am especially excited for Redder Days by Sue Rainsford and The Unbroken by C. L. Clark. Twitter decided on my next physical book (Piranesi by Susanna Clarke) and I could not be more excited. I also did not read a short story collection this month and need to remedy that as soon as possible.