So, in an attempt to diversify my blog posts, I’ve decided to start doing monthly wrap ups. They won’t be exclusively about the books I’ve read in the month but also about the blog posts I’ve made and the books I added to my TBR.
This Reading month started with Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner. Since it was the January pick of the Book Club I’m part of, I already posted the review (here) and thatonenerdygirl posted the Book Club discussion over on her blog (here’s the link). It was about terrifying mermaids and murderous eighteen year old girls, so it was pretty good. It probably wasn’t my favorite book of the month but it was a strong candidate. If you’re squeemish but, if you’re not, go for it!
Then, I read Saga Volume 7. It continued the story of the couple that we all love, Alana and Marko, and their family. I hadn’t read Saga in a while and it was wonderful to be back to this world. Everytime I read a new volume, I’m reminded of why and how much I love the series.
Then, I started reading the third season of Bookburners. If you don’t know, Bookburners is a Serial Box series, which means that it is divided into seasons and episodes, just like a TV show. Bookburners was the very first Serial Box series that I read and I absolutely loved it. I found the concept refreshing and read all the episodes that had come out back to back. It was exciting to finally start reading the latest season and I’m curious to see what will happen in the next episodes.
I started off the year with the review of a book that has constantly been recommended to me by several teachers, The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (review). I loved it, even though I wasn’t expecting to do so. Dawkins writes wonderfully, and I was completely sutprised by the book. I want to read more from him so, if you have any recommendations, leave them in the comments below!
Next, I reviewed Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (review). I read this book in the summer but only now did I finally publish the review. This is not an unknown book. I feel like everyone has already read it but I still wanted to share my thoughts on it. Only now do I understand the hype around Dan Brown’s novels. The story wasn’t outstanding but the fact that, as we read the book, we got to know more about the places the characters visited, was a big plus for me. I will also try to read more of his books this year.
Death at La Fenice was the third book I reviewed this month (review). It had been sitting on my shelf for years, until I finally picked it up. It is a Mystery-Thriller about a Maestro that dies in the middle of a show at La Fenice. Just like Angels and Demons, I liked the fact that it taught me more about the place where the story was set. What disappointed me was the plot. It bored me at times but, overall, it was okay.
Then, I reviewed Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner. As I said before, it was the Book Club pick of the month (Links are above).
I also reviewd Volumes 2 and 3 of Chew (volume 2 review; volume 3 review). I love this series. I haven’t read the fourth volume yet but I know I’ll enjoy it. This has become one of my favorite series of all time and I truly recommend it.
Finally, I posted my January Book Haul (link).
Books added to my TBR
Here, I won’t include the books I’ve bought, just the books that I added to my “Want to Read” shelf on Goodreads.
In January, I added a lot of books to my TBR, mainly because I watched a bunch of 2018 Most Anticipated Releases videos on Youtube.
First, I added The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan. This book came out in 2014 and it is a Steampunk/Anternative History novel that sounds pretty good. From what I can tell, it is about a girl living as herself and her brother, that has to solve some mystery. It was enough for me to add it.
Then, I added Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. He also wrote Birdbox, that was overall well received in the community, and I hope this new novel will be as good. It only comes out in April of 2018 but I’m already excited to get my hands on it.
Next, I added The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. This is a Science Fiction novel that seems to be super weird. It came out in 2010 so I’ll probably buy it soon.
Then, I added Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira. This book is about the first morder on the Moon and it sounds amazing! It comes out in February of 2018 and I hope I’ll be able to read it soon.
And, finally, I added Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. In this book, the main character collects body parts and stitches them together. Then, one of the corpses disappears and terrible crimes start being reported around town. This book came out in January and it sounds outstanding. I can’t wait to get it and read it.
So, this is it. My January Wrap up. I’m planning on doing a post like this one every month from now on so stay tuned for that.
Let me know in the comments if you liked the post or not and tell me more topics that you think I should write about in the next wrap up!