I want to slow down and read less, she said… And here we are, 25 books (6162 pages) later. Oops? These do include a bunch of comics, and 4 DNF’s. This month has been a very mixed bag, with some new favourites, but also some 1- and 2* reads.
I got an Marvel Unlimited account, and picked up 9 volumes in January. I really liked some, others were just okay, and one I gave up on. I won’t go into any further detail here, seeing as I wrote a full post on them all.
Having already dealt with one DNF, here are the others. First of, I listened to the audiobook of , and got about 60% into it. But like I discussed in my Sky Raiders post, this one isn’t for me. I liked the premise of the book, but have very little patience for 12-year old boys and their crushes. Yeah, the characters annoyed me so much I couldn’t get myself to care about the rest of the book. Another book with a great premise was Currently Reading , and this one I can see a lot of people would enjoy. There wasn’t a specific reason for me to DNF this, but rather a combination of errors. All factors (characters, world-building, writing, pacing, magic, mystery) had faults that could have been forgiven on their own, but all together just became too much for me. I read about 250 pages of this, and did write a full review on it (which will go up closer to the publication date in March. The Conductors suffered from a misleading blurb, and it became fairly obvious early on that it wasn’t the book I wanted it to be. So I gave up on it about 40 pages in. A Flood of Posies
I read together with The Husband, seeing as we live close to where these events took place and wanted to take the opportunity to learn some local history. This wasn’t the right way to do so. This graphic novel really did not work for me, The Flutist of Arnhem and I wrote a full review as to why. I picked up in an audible sale, because Sherlock Holmes. There was a lot wrong with this book, making me give it a 2* rating. First of, even if you are okay with Sherlock having a daughter, you will also have to deal with the fact that all the other characters have kids as well… and that these kids have the same names, gender and profession as their parents. Even the dog! Secondly, all these characters are idiots, and it is for some reason assumed that the reader is as well. So yeah, not a great book at all. And yet, weirdly, I had fun with it and might continue the series. The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
I requested though Netgalley because of it’s author, and it was okay. I didn’t quite connect to the characters and I had some issues with the pacing, but it was an enjoyable read and I would love to check out more books in this world. My review for this should be up by now (but it isn’t yet when I am writing this so I can’t link it in yet. I am sure I can somehow, but I am to lazy to figure out how to do it). The Night Parade of 100 Demons is a very short (under 1,5hr) true crime audio talking about the Bender family and their serial killings in the area and time Laura Ingalls Wilder lived. It was well researched and enjoyable enough, but nothing too special. I wanted to try out some of the Rick Riordan presents books this year, and started with Little Slaugherhouse on the Prairie because fox magic and sky pirates (also, it’s a standalone). I really wanted to like this book… and was disappointed by it. It was a fun and enjoyable read, but the pacing was off and overall things were just too convenient or only happened to move the plot forward. Dragon Pearl
is the latest book in The Dark Archive The Invisible Library series, and once again it was a lot of fun. If you liked the others, you will probably like this one. I was a bit disappointed by the ‘bringing someone back from the death’ part of it (though I am not a fan of this in general), and I kinda thought that the Big Reveal at the end was already very obvious and common knowledge. Otherwise, a lot of fun. The Night Parade of 100 Demons gave me Witcher vibes, which finally motivated me to continue that series. A fair amount of this book already got covered in the Netflix series, yet there were also some new to me stories in here I hope will make it to the screen as well. I can deal with everyone being a slut, but can’t say I am a fan of it… which is the main reason this didn’t make it to a 5*. got carried over from last year, and it kinda caught me by surprise. Apart from the lazy writing insta-love, this was a Great read. Breath of Earth I did write a full review on it so feel free to check that out.
Which brings me to my 5* reads, and there are quite a few. Last year I read Fry’s Heroes, and although I really liked it I kept thinking he should do one on . And he did. And I picked up the audiobook, narrated by Stephen Fry himself. And it was just pure perfection. Just a great experience, would highly recommend. Troy is the seventh book in the Burned Alex Verus series. The series took a book or two to get me hooked, but now I am fully invested. It’s characters are morally gray, and Jacka doesn’t make it easy on them either. And this book isn’t an exception. By the end Alex has gotten himself in a situation I have No idea how he is going to get himself out of. Would highly recommend if you are looking for some great urban fantasy (the last, 12th, book is coming out later this year). Next up, a middle-grade book I got through Netgalley: by Zillah Bethell. Set on Papua New Guinea, this book deals beautifully with grief and friendship, and got me in tears multiple times. And then there was the ending!!! I haven’t been so surprised by a twist in a long time, it really blew my socks of and hit me in the feels. Please please, read this. The Shark Caller And check out my full review for it over here. I started this year’s part of my Discworld reread of with a banger, ! It is no secret that the Watch is my favourite part of this series, and they didn’t fail me here. The humour was spot on, the plot and politics were intriguing, and the commentary on racism and gender were pure perfection. Loved it! And then the last book I read in January was Jingo We follow Clara as she gets out of the asylum, and forms a friendship with the serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, in which she finds the strength to deal with her abusive husband. The writing is so good, I read these 380 pages in a single sitting, whilst feeling all of the feels. My full review on this will be going up closer to the publication date in March. Savage Instinct.
So that was January, what about February. Well, it starts of with Polarthon (
for which you can find my TBR over here). And after that? I have no idea. As I am writing this we are still waiting to hear is lockdown is going to be extended, or if we can go back to work again next week. I will continue the Alex Verus series, as well as my Discworld reread, and might pick up another Witcher book as well. Apart from that, I will just pick up whatever I feel like.
Hoping you are doing well,