Goodness! What a month. January took forever …
I share more about my month in my February Musings, but here we are talking about books.
Like last year, I do not have an annual reading goal. Instead, I am looking at quality over quantity and just enjoying my favorite hobby. As a mother of a toddler, finding time to sit down and read can be rare, but I did a great job this month sneaking in pages where I could, whether it was on the couch before bed, on the treadmill or Peloton bike, or even up in the air (I traveled for work!)
I read 5 books in January. Here they are!
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)
I started this one in 2022 but finished it riiiiight before the worst stomach bug I’ve ever had plagued our household (thanks, daycare). This series came highly recommended, and I’m glad one of my good friends bought me a copy for my birthday. I was hooked from the very first page and immediately ordered the sequel once I finished.
This is certainly a book for well-seasoned fantasy readers. I love the storyline and the story world. I am also finding that I can read books where I do not particularly like the protagonists — something that I couldn’t handle before. I am well into the second book, and anticipate finishing it in February.
Adult Assembly Required (The Bookish Life of Nina Hill #2) by Abbi Waxman
Well…they can’t all be winners. The first thought that crossed my mind while reading this one was “did they publish this book by mistake before they were done editing it?” Felt like a first draft. Dialogue and love story was so corny and flat and just …. eeeeek *shudders* I’m glad I got this through Kindle Unlimited and didn’t pay for it.
Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want to Forget to Remember by Lauren Graham
I love Lauren Graham, but this memoir wasn’t as memorable as her other one. Some of the essays were lighthearted and interesting, but others I just shrugged at or sped through (I did the audio through an advanced listener’s copy influencer partnership). Overall, meh.
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden
Um…Russian folklore is terrifying? This is definitely one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. MY ONLY COMPLAINT is that it’s very slow to start and then there is rapid movement at the end. I’m lucky to have the next two books on my bookshelf, so I plan on picking up the sequel very soon.
Bloodmarked (The Legendborn Cycle #2) by Tracy Deonn
Is it possible that I already found my favorite book that I read this year? Probably. I’m glad I gave Bloodmarked a chance because Legendborn didn’t really leave an impression on me. I felt like the world-building was confusing and plot points were rushed, etc. Bloodmarked, however, is a triumph. I loved every second of it.
What did you read in January? Share in the comments!