January Wrap-Up

Don’t ask me how I managed to read thirteen books while also working full-time and taking three classes, but I did!

A bookworm’s gotta do what a bookworm’s gotta do, right?

This month lasted forever, personally, but I can’t say I did all that much. I went to New York and Boston for a few seconds. I got the flu. Eh.

January, we had some great times. But it’s time to move on.

What did you read in January? What was your favorite book?

January Reading Wrap-Up:

Books Read: 13 / Pages Read: 4,509 / Average Rating: 3.84

Favorite Read:

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This book was full of colorful scenery, completely wonderful characters, and well worth every iota of praise.

A Ladder to the Sky – John Boyne: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This was my first John Boyne, and it did not disappoint. This story of plagiarism and ruthlessness was one of the most creative narratives I’ve read as a new release. Boyne really played around here, and he created a really interesting, meta piece.

God Bless You, Mr. RosewaterKurt Vonnegut: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; Vonnegut. Socialism. Satire. Need I say more?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This really heartfelt and true story of Lale Sokolov, a Jew in Auschwitz who meets his love when he gives her the infamous number tattoo, was really compelling and sincere. Heather Morris is a screenwriter, so the book really is swept along fluidly.

The Silent Patient- Alex Michaelides: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This was a very good and mysterious thriller. The plot twist was a bit eye-rollingly predictable, but it was a well-researched psychological drama.

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This was also a very good and mysterious thriller. The agoraphobia that Anna Fox experiences is mildly contagious, and reading this book definitely gave me the creeps. While the final twist was also a big eye-roll from a mile away, the many dark and twisty turns preceding the climax were impossible to predict.

The Girl They Left Behind – Roxanne Veletzos: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; I haven’t read much of the Romanian conflicts in World War II, so this historical fiction tale was a really fresh look at a semi-fictional family journey.

The Map of Salt & Stars – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This book was one of my most anticipated, but it took me forever to get through. The intertwining of Nour’s flee for refuge and the journey of an 11th Century mapmaker don’t fit together kindly; jumping from one to the other was jarring, but the book is worth the hard work. The glimpse into the Syrian crisis and how a family is forced to flee is humanizing and heartfelt, and it’s a hard but necessary to read.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling: ⭐️⭐️⭐️; At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, let me just say this: she should’ve just written the damn book.

The Crimes of Grindlewald – J.K. Rowling: ⭐️⭐️⭐️; See above.

City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare: ⭐️⭐️⭐️; These books are a little bit ridiculous and, oh boy, can I see where Clare borrows her ideas from, but hey, in between big, serious books, they’re fun.

City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare: ⭐️⭐️⭐️; This was probably my favorite of The Mortal Instruments so far. I love what Sebastian has added to the story as an uncertain villain.

Golden Child – Claire Adam: ⭐️⭐️; One of the year’s most hyped releases just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t get any sense of the Trinidadian landscape or culture, and the characters (mainly Clyde) were super hard to understand. The dialogue syntax, and the part when Paul is comforted by the Father/teacher were the highlights, but other than that, this book just didn’t do it for me.

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