I’m going to start off by summing up this months reading with two words. Oh dear.
I could say the reading didn’t go well but, really, it just didn’t happen. There are a lot of factors that come into why but the biggest is honestly I just didn’t know what I wanted to read.
This month I wanted to read the books I own. Books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. I put 5 books onto my TBR. I read one.
Other than that I read 2 other books, a library book and a Netgalley ARC. So, overall, three books. For me, that’s a bad reading month. I can’t remember the last time I only read three books in a month.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
•Library Book• •Fantasy• •Published 2017• •Adult• •Fantasy World•
I felt the same about this book as I did about her other series Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I can see why the hype is so big, and perhaps it just wasn’t for me, but I didn’t enjoy it. I never felt invested in the characters and honestly just didn’t care.
It’s a fantasy that’s very hyped and very well loved but, to be completely honest, I’ve completely forgotten what this is about.
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
•Netgalley ARC• •Historical Fiction• •Published 2019• •Adult• •Britain•
The first book of this year that I really loved. This was a Netgalley ARC and it comes out in May and trust me, if you enjoy Historical Fiction, you’re going to want to add this to your TBR. It’s actually made me want to pick up more of the genre.
This is set during Victorian England and it’s about art, dreams, love and obsession. It’s beautifully written and very well researched.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
•Book I Own• •Historical Fiction• •Published 2015• •Adult• •Iceland•
This was a good read. It was beautifully written and very atmospheric. Honestly, I just found it a bit boring.
This is a ‘whydunnit’ based on the last execution that took place in Iceland. A woman is convicted for murder and, as we go on, we learn more about her and the reason why she did what she did.
I also picked up 5 books that I ended up DNFing. Like I said, I just didn’t know what I wanted to read.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Her books just aren’t for me. I felt like I was forcing myself to read something that I just wasn’t interested in.
The Things I Could Tell You – This is an anthology written by Muslim women. I started reading this because it’s a pick for the Our Shared Shelf book club but I just couldn’t get through it. This is a weird mix of so many genres and it felt messy.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood -This is a weird one because I was enjoying it but I just feel like I don’t have time to read it right now. I’ll give it another go sometime.
The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I’ve officially come to the conclusion I don’t like things set in space. It’s really not my thing.
Honestly, I’m feeling a little deflated after January but I’d love to turn it around in February. I’ve got a very exciting theme lined up and I’m going to participate in a readathon which will hopefully give me a bit of a boost.
How did your January reading go?
Thanks for reading,