I would like to say that January flew but I would be lying. In fact January felt like it was about 6452 days long. Bye January. You were painful!
I did have a great reading month though. I was obviously trying to escape the pain.
My monthly recaps aren’t going to be a list of all the books I’ve read each month as I want my posts to be as ‘short & snappy’ as I can get, so I plan to just highlight some of the important ones.
I finished my Harry Potter reread this month. I started this reread with the illustrated books (which are absolutely stunning) and it then morphed into aunt and nephew bonding as my godson started reading them for the first time. It was probably my favourite ever read of Harry Potter. I’ve been waiting since the day he was born for this. The first time I met him I told him I couldn’t wait until he was old enough to read them. Ten years later and it finally happened. We had some false starts. He tried to read Philosopher’s Stone a few times but had a lot of feelings about the Dursleys’ treatment of Harry that he found hard to process (it will come as no surprise that my little dude is a Hufflepuff) but he pushed through and once Hagrid showed up we were off and he devoured them.
We read Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows this month and these two books do cause a lot of feelings. I’m not sure he will ever get over Dumbledore. I’m in my 30’s and I’m pretty sure I’ll never be over it so I can see it staying with him long term. He is all over reading The Cursed Child but I’m happy with the ‘Nineteen Years Later’ we get in Deathly Hallows and I just don’t think I want to know more. Maybe it’s a good idea to get the 10 year old to check it out first since I’m too afraid!
Next up on my favourites for January is milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. I used to love reading poetry and I really don’t know why I stopped. This book was a lovely way to ease myself back in and it carried powerful and important messages with regards to women with it.
there is no bigger illusion in the world
than the idea that a women will
bring dishonor into a home
if she tries to keep her heart
and her body safe
I’ve read some reviews from regular poetry readers who weren’t that impressed with this, and that’s fair enough, but I think it’s wonderful that it’s such an accessible book and it’s made me want to read more poetry in 2018. Isn’t that what matters? Opening up new genres to people.
Lastly was my final #TheUnreadShelfProject2018 pick for the month which was Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I’ve become a huge fan of Victoria Schwab. She wrote the truly wonderful Darker Shades of Magic trilogy and while this book is completely different it is no less wonderful. It is basically the story of how super villains come about.
It was so engaging and fast paced. I literally couldn’t put it down. I’m a fairly slow reader but I raced through this in just under two days. One of the things I particularly like about Schwab’s writing style is the multiple pov’s and how she uses them to move the story along. The chapters are always somewhat quick and it makes it really difficult to stop reading. She seems to encapsulate the phrase ‘just one more chapter’. This book is getting a squeal, Vengeful, which she is currently working on and I can’t wait to read it.
And that’s January. It was ridiculously long but made for good reading.
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