This year started of Amazing for me. I read 10 books (3600 pages), most of which I adored! Apart from the first week of the year, work was very quiet so I ended up with a lot of time on my hands. Quite a lot of this was spend on looking for a job (I graduated almost two years ago with a masters in Biology, but am currently working as a waitress), but luckily I also got to read a lot.
I listened to A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White on audible, which may not have been the best idea. I just couldn’t concentrate on the story, which has also been a problem with other audio of books that are compared to Firefly. Maybe it is the ‘genre’ that doesn’t work for me, maybe it was the narrator, or maybe this book really just wasn’t for me. I really just didn’t care about any of the characters or what happened to them. I was thinking of giving a reread as a physical book – slightly helped by the fact that I Love that cover – but I have since seen some other reviews of people I have similar reading tastes (for example this great one by Mogsy @ The BiblioSanctum) that have made it clear to me I really shouldn’t be in a hurry to do so. A 2* read for me.
Glint Book One: The Cloud Raiders by Samuel Sattin and Ian McGinty is a graphic novel I received via Netgalley. Although it sets up for a promising adventure story, nothing really happens in this first volume. I wrote a full review on it, so feel free to check that out.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainini started of slightly frustrating for me, but ones you realize the author is writing a parodie on the classic fairy tale tropes and it is a lot of fun. Again, feel free to check out my full review. A 4* (3.75) read for me.
I finally read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and I can definitely see why it is on all the must read lists. I didn’t know too much about it going in to it, probably because I am not British and it isn’t that big of a thing over here in The Netherlands. It was a lot of fun. It was very cleverly written, with some puns that were right up my alley and a nice message. I read this in one sitting, which may not have been The best idea, cause the puns did start to tire me after a bit. If I had spaced this out over a few days I would probably have liked it more. But a 4* read is still very good.
Another book I Finally picked up: The Martian by Andy Weir. This is one of the first books I got on my Kobo back in 2015, and then I never read it. Well, that changed, and I am so so happy it did. I adored this book. The main character is awesome, the humour is superb, the science (though I can imagine a bit much for some) was very clever and very well explained. I really liked it. A 4.5* read. Sadly the movie isn’t on Netflix over here, so I will have to find it somewhere else.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch was one of my favourite reads of December, so of course I listened to Red Seas Under Red Skies immediately afterwards. And again, it was awesome. We got the great female characters I missed in the first book, and topped that off with pirates. Not a complete 5* read because of the death of a certain character that was just Too obvious, and some tediousness around the middle of the book. But a very good 4.5* read. A full review of this will be coming up once I finish the third book (which I have already downloaded on my phone).
The Newbury and Hobbes Investigations by George Mann is one of my favourite series. The fourth book ended on quite a cliff hanger, and I had to wait quite a while for the fifth to come out (one of my most anticipated reads Ever). Can you imagine how happy I was when I received a copy of it via Netgalley!!!! So happy I decided to just reread the whole series, which I did this month. This is an excellent series of mysteries set in a steampunk Victorian London. My reviews for books 2 to 4 have already been posted in the past, but I will repost them together with my review for the first book in the days leading up to the publication of the fifth book, February the 12th. All 4 to 5* reads.
February should be quite an exciting reading month for me… I’ve got some plans. Going through my Want-to-Read list last year made me realise there are quite a few shorter books on there, which for some reason I don’t tend to go for. So February is going to be there month. I would like to try to read one book a day. I am not sure I can make that, but if I manage to read 20 books in the coming month I will be very happy with myself. I have made a list of books I already own I should be able to read within a day, which is 30 ‘books’ long. These are novellas, graphic novels, short story collections, audible originals, or just shorter books. I should be able to do it, and if I like it I might do it again somewhere later this year (I do also have quite a few shorter books on my Want-to-Read list I do not yet own I would like to read very much).
I will be doing a buddy read for 1984 and one for Circe as well, and I will be reading the fifth book in the Newbury and Hobbes series (obviously). It should be a good month!
Hoping you are having a Lovely day,