I read a lot this month. I wrote almost nothing but I read like crazy.
Ten books! Ten! 10!!!!!!!!
To be fair, January is always one of my best reading months of the year and for good reason. I really hate January. Its snowy, cold (8 degrees here right now!), grey, and just overall depressing. In fact, January-April are the worst months of the year for me. I feel really unmotivated to do anything I love except reading. I haven’t written or worked on the podcast that I need to have live ASAP. But I read ten books!
Here’s what I’ve read.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
I got a little swept up in hype with this one. I actually started it while laying in bed one night which was a monumentally bad decision. First, it was kind of scaring me, and secondly I was too caught up in the book to go to sleep. I actually finished the book on New Years day, shortly after midnight, at a New Year’s Eve party that I was supposed to be participating in. Sometimes books are more important, lol. I really liked this book. It made me anxious for the characters which was a welcome relief from being anxious for myself, lol. 4 stars!
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
I picked this up because the reviews said it was funny, and it is, but not in the way I was expecting. This book is about a writer whose ex-lover is getting married. In order to avoid saying yes or no to the wedding, he decides to accept every other invitation he has on his desk. He ends up traveling the world and meeting some great people. I loved this book. It was charming and spoke to some eternal truth about getting over someone you thought was just a friend with benefits. I highly recommend this one! 4.5 stars 🙂
The Passage by Justin Cronin
I learned something important about myself while reading this book. I really hate zombies. Books, TV, movies, comics, I just don’t care about zombies. You should see the looks I get when I tell people I don’t watch or enjoy The Walking Dead. This book was so hard to get through because I just didn’t care about anyone. The first few chapters okay because they weren’t about zombies, but then there were zombies and I lost interest. I kind of DNF’d this, instead choosing to listen to the audiobook a little and then I skimmed the rest. I should have just stopped. I’m glad I didn’t pay for it. 1 star. Really like .5 stars. Hated it.
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
This book was awesome. 5 stars. I mean what else is there to say, it’s Brandon Sanderson. This is shaping up to be one of my favorite series of all time.
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
This book was weird. Normally I like weird, but this was just stupidly weird. It’s about a 39 year old woman who works at a convenience store. She has no desire to do anything else with her life but work at this convenience store. At first you come to pity the main character for being so… I don’t even know… autistic? Then she says/does some truly horrifying things, and there there’s a whole deal with another horrifying character. If this book weren’t so short there’s no way I could have finished reading it. 2 stars.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
This story is about a young man who takes in a stray cat then takes him to see some of his friends. That sounds innocent enough, right? No. This book destroyed me. It was so moving and heartwarming. Books don’t usually bring me to tears but I was SOBBING. And no, the cat doesn’t die. Pick this book up. It’s damn good. 5 stars, and a new favorite.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
This is about a man that either did or did not burn down the Los Angeles in 1986. Its about a lot more than that actually. There’s a lot of library history and general library nerdiness happening in this story and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t really what I expected but it was a fun audiobook. 3 stars.
The Wayward Children Books 1-3 by Seanan McGuire
I got swept up by hype again. SO many people love this series, but I was a little weary that it would by too YA for me. Does that make me sound like a douche? Maybe. I’m just not really interested in YA. But I thought I would give it a chance, and I’m glad I did.
The first book, Every Heart a Doorway, was a beautiful introduction to the world itself. I loved learning about the different children and their worlds. I have such an intimate understanding of their longing and heartache because McGuire is so good at character development. The plot was a little predictable but I just loved this book. 4 stars.
The second book, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, was also a great read. We get to spend the whole book in one doorway, and I think the world is interesting. I do feel like we learned more about one character than the other, which is what I was more interested in, but it was still a great book. 4 stars.
I wasn’t as happy with the third book, Beneath the Sugar Sky. Let me ask you this… if you think of a fantastical world that a child would love to go to, what do you think of first? Candy Land. Of course. While the details of this sugary world are really interesting, the whole concept of a land made of treats is just kind of old. I bet you can already guess that the sea is soda and the queen wears a dress made of cake, right? It’s all just a little predictable if you ask me. I also didn’t feel like the ending was quite as finished as the first two. It kind of stops in the middle and you have to assume a few things. I still enjoyed it though. 3 stars.
That’s a wrap! Wrap… up… of my… books…… that I read. I’ll see myself out.
Here’s a cat.