Does anyone else feel like January has flown by? I feel like Lockdown 3.0 and working from home mean that the days have all merged into one for me. I’m not sure I could really tell you what happened in January (I’m not sure anything really did) but at least it was mercifully quick. Still, I had a pretty good reading and blogging month – so that’s something I guess!
Books I’ve finished this month:
So I finished 7 books this month, which is great and puts me ahead of my Goodreads goal by about 3 books; I love getting ahead early because I know I will probably slip at some point this year and go into a reading slump.
- The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon*: The fourth book in the Bone Season series, which was released this month – and my favourite book of the series! 5 stars.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: I know I’m a bit late to the party here – but this was my favourite book of the month, and I feel like it could be in contention for my favourite book of the year. It’s taken me a while to write my review, but it should hopefully be posting this week! 5 stars.
- White Ivy by Susie Yang*: This was a really engaging debut, beautifully written and thought-provoking. 4.5 stars.
- Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller*: This book really wasn’t for me. I found it quite bleak and boring. 2 stars.
- The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave: A very atmospheric read, set in the 1600s on a small island in Norway. The novel has a feminist spin, focusing on female independence. 4 stars.
- The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg & Amy McCulloch: This was my only YA read of the month and I found it quite disappointing, though I do realise I am not the target audience. 2 stars; review to come soon.
- Open Water by Caleb Nelson Azumah*: I finished this book last night and I’m still thinking about/trying to wrap my head around it. An affecting, poetic and astonishing debut. 5 stars; review to come.
Books I’ve started (but not finished):
- Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green*: This was an eARC from NetGalley that I was really interested in, thinking it sounded a bit like the Boy series by Meg Cabot (where the story is told through emails, texts, tweets, etc). However, I had to stop reading this book because it wasn’t very funny and I was 25% in and the main character was just sending long emails to her plumber. Not for me.
- Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall: I’ve posted about this a few times this month – I’m still reading this and learning a lot from it.
- Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan*: I started this book last night, and I’m enjoying it but I feel like it’s too soon to tell whether I will find it great or just entertaining.
(Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a copy of these books in return for honest reviews.)
Here’s a round-up of my January posts, in case you have missed any and would like to catch up!
- 10 books on my 2021 tbr
- Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- WWW Wednesday | 27 Jan
- Review: Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
- WWW Wednesday | 20 Jan
- Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang
- Review: The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
- WWW Wednesday | 13 Jan
- Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
- Review: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
- Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
- December wrap-up
How has your month been? What was your favourite book of the month?
Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your own January wrap-up so I can check it out!
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