Hi, lovelies! How are you all doing? I honestly cannot believe the first month of 2021 is behind us. Where did the time go?
As always, it is time for a wrap up. This past month I have read… 9 books. It’s a pretty decent start to the year, if I do say so myself. Of course, part of me is asking, but why not 10? But let’s ignore that part completely.
This is how my reading went in January with the stats being as follows:
- Number of books read: 9
- Number of pages read: 3651
- Average star rating: 3.5
- Physical TBR at the start of the month: 50
- Books read: 2
- Physical TBR: 46
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Sadly, although I expected to love this one, I didn’t. I found it needlessly confusing, the pacing all over the place and the characters underdeveloped. Too bad, because I did like the premise and Seanan McGuire’s writing.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Wench by Maxine Kaplan
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
Very solid ending to a very solid story. I think what N.K. Jemisin created in this series is super fresh and intricate. The finale didn’t disappoint, although I think book 1 is still my favourite.
The Burning God by R.F. Kuang
This one blew me away. I didn’t think Ms Kuang would go THERE… but she did! If you know, you know. If you haven’t picked up The Poppy War yet – do it! If you like morally grey characters, good magic systems and violent, brutal fantasy books – it’s for you.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
A full review to come, but know this – this book has my whole heart. I loved it! It deserves ALL THE STARS in the world.
Game Changer by Neal Schusterman
I’ve a review for this scheduled very soon, too (as it’s releasing soon) so I’ll talk about what worked for me and what didn’t, and why I’m giving it such a middle of the road rating.
Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo
Sadly, I thought this one was quite forgettable. I found the story, characters and the world building… lacking. It definitely had lots of potential, I picked it up because it sounded intriguing – but not one part of the story grabbed me. I wish it was longer – with the world more immersive and the characters fleshed out. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series.
Touch by Claire North
I like Clare North, but this is not my favourite book by her. It’s not my least favourite, either. Touch lies right in the middle, with a interesting, nuanced premise, very Claire Northesque writing (which is a compliment) and a satisfying ending that makes you forgive the confusion and pacing of the middle of the book. What can I say – it was fun! It was no Harry August, but it was fun.
And that is it for my wrap up. Have you read any of these? How did your month go? And on a different note – do you like the new look of the blog?
I’ll talk to you very soon. Thank you for reading!