I read a lot in January. 23 in total. I feel this is a good start to the year, funnily enough it started out slow but I raced through them after that first week. Amazing what having no money can do to your tbr! Makes it go down for starters. There were a lot of favourites in January as well but I don’t want to make this post mega long.
So the stars of the show?
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Fantastic end to the series and I particularly loved all the Snow White references in this one. The Lunar squad is definitely a new favourite squad.
Educated by Tara Westover
What a wonderful insight to this young woman’s very bizarre childhood. Her writing was outstanding and because of it I feel the reader becomes very emotionally involved with what she went through and how she sees things now. It’s also worth noting that her admitting she does not recall things the same as others and gives us their recollections actually makes the story more believable. There have been criticisms about where she gets the money for her education and this is apparently proof that she is not being truthful in all her recollections but what I noticed is that she never explicitly says her parents didn’t pay for her later education and in all honesty if I was kicked out of a family for the reasons she was I wouldn’t be giving anyone credit for my achievements either.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Absolutely outstanding. The use of language was exquisite. This is a new favourite for sure and if you like mythology, especially Greek, this book needs to be on your tbr.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
I honestly can’t wait for the next book in this trilogy. I loved the world building and even though it started off slow and I didn’t love Spensa in the beginning it became a cracker. I think it changed for me with the introduction of flight school. It was compulsive reading after that.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
It’s been over a week since I read this book and I’m still not ready to write or talk about it. In actual fact I can’t talk about it without crying. I’ve tried. Multiple times. This book is for people who love cats and have been owned by a cat at some point in their lives. It’s a story of an unlikely but deep friendship and it’s beautiful.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates writing is so passionate. I heard Ta-Nehisi Coates on Marc Maron last year and bought this book as soon as I could. He is incredibly interesting and he articulates his feelings incredibly well. Basically a letter from Coates to his 15 year old son about his life and being a black American child becoming a black American man. This should be required reading because even though I can have absolutely no idea what it’s like to be a black American this gives me a glimpse and having even a little understanding is important. Whether you are American or not. Informative, well researched, passionate and heartbreaking. It’s a man who is terrified for his son and to be utterly honest with you, after reading this, I understand his fear.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Intriguing and unique, I’m still not 100% how the magic system works but I’m not sure I’m supposed to at this point. Really looking forward to the next books. I’m not going to go into how annoying it is to see people constantly comparing this book to Six of Crows but just to say that there are like three similarities:
- A group of young people of different ethnicity
- A heist plot
- Multiple POV’s
And that’s about it. The heist plot is not off the market now because there is a successful YA book out there with the same trope. I loved Six of Crows but for me this book was vastly different and I really enjoyed it.
This is really just the tip of the January iceberg but these were definitely the best.
Happy reading in February! ❤