At risk of beating a dead horse here, I am so sorry for being so ridiculously irresponsible with this blog! We were doing so well and then I fell off the map and well, long story short, I’m back and I’m ready to talk books. Let’s pick up where we left off shall we?
In January I managed to read eight books. Eight. When I look back at how this current month (March) has gone, I can’t really believe I had the gumption to read as much as I did in January, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’ve written posts about some of these already, but let’s just include them all here and do a recap on the ones I’ve already blabbed about, and I’ll leave the link on the relevant titles so you can read the full review at your leisure.
(Quick note: I’m keeping track of these books in a diary/agenda/planner thingy which I received in my second-to-last OwlCrate box. I divided up the “notes” column so I can keep track of which books I read which week (in keeping with my 52 in 52 challenge) and this has proved terrifically helpful for blogging and just for keeping track of the titles I’ve read so far. I recommend you keep track of the books you read each week in your own planner, so when you have bad weeks *ahem March* you can revisit past week and find some motivation and inspiration!)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling: I began my month and year by wrapping up my Harry Potter readathon. This challenge was completely responsible for getting back to books and starting this blog, so hats off you Hermione. 10/10
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer: This book was completely outside of my comfort zone, but I wanted to read it so I could see the Natalie Portman film. As fate would have it, the film didn’t play in my little hometown, but I anxiously await Redbox release and I really enjoyed this novel so it’s not a total loss. 9/10
- The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford: I read this to satisfy both my Book Riot Challenge (first in a new-to-you middle grade series) and my curiosity. It was loads of fun and I even scored a RT from the author for my review. 7/10
- There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: Another out of the box read for me, I heard great things about this novel and had to check it out. It was a fun quick read and word on the street is it is soon to receive a Netflix treatment. 6/10
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: A literary great that I had never read, I tried out one of Morrison’s most famous works. It was hard to read, because it was real and unflinching, but I think I’m better for it and that’s what counts. 8/10
- Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter: I read this because I heard Cillian Murphy was going to be in a production of it. I thought it was a film adaptation, but in fact it was a play in England. Big frown. I would not have read it if had known this. 3/10
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: This was my most highly anticipated release of the winter and it did not disappoint. May this year be full of kick-ass women who aren’t afraid to take what they want and deserve. Here’s to you, Jude, queen of my heart. 10/10
- The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey: I was so, so late to the Oprah worship party. She spoke at my college graduation last spring, and I completely fell in love with her (we totally locked eyes more than once — bless my first row name). I picked up this prize jewel from the library the second we got a copy. I read a chapter each night before bed and it really made an impact on my mindfulness. 9/10
My top pick for the month is definitely The Cruel Prince. It was highly anticipated and it really delivered on the hype. The current fairy trend in YA is unexpected but I think Black really made it fresh and terrifying and real in a lot of ways, so it takes the cake. I loved Jude, everything was unexpected and felt entirely new, and it didn’t follow tropes as much as it seemed it might. A ten out of ten!
What a whirlwind month. I have no idea how I managed such a feat, but I need to find out — and fast. I’m really proud of this month, as well as the range that I managed to pack into my selections. It’s so easy to just read your genre, because it can be risky to try something new. Enter the library — range like your bookshelves have never seen, completely risk free, and just plain free. Most of these I had from the library so I was less inhibited than I would be browsing a bookstore. Go on! Head over to your library and see what’s in store for you!