So despite having read basically nothing in January, I hit my stride this month with a nice selection of books that I was ecstatic to get through. I don’t think I’ve had a month in recent years that the reading left me feeling this content and fulfilled.
Books I Finished
This month was a good one for my reading. I got through four novels, two graphic novels, a poetry collection, and a novella. The real heavy hitter this month was Illuminae, sitting at over 600 pages of raw science fiction goodness, followed by Drops of Cerulean which decimated my heart.
I think the thing that I enjoyed the most this month about what I read was the variety in what I read, not just the kind of books, but the variation of genre, age group, and content in general. It was exciting flitting from one book to the next, almost resetting my brain for the next world to immerse myself in. I got emotional with Drops of Cerulean and The Color Purple, rekindled my love of science fiction with Illuminae, and learned that I might have a fondness for poetry with Sparks of Phoenix.
Favorite Book of the Month: Illuminae -heart eyes-
Books I Started
I initially went into this month intending on reading Song of Blood & Stone and got a chapter in. I’d read The Belles before it, and I couldn’t back-to-back myself on fantasy. I decided to put it down and pick something else up, and that something ended up being Her Eternal Descent, a graphic novel that I received from NetGalley and will be finishing up for next month (hint: it’s a retelling of Dante’s Inferno, which in and of itself is A+.)
Then… there’s A Solider and a Liar. This book is special to me, for a number of reasons, the biggest one being I have waited for a little over seven years to hold this title in my hands, in full, finished print. One of my best friends wrote this book, and it is only on the merit that it was a late-month release and the end of the month has me swamped with work that I have not finished it.
I hate responsibilities, but I’ll be finishing and talking about this book in March, as well.
Books I DNF’d
I don’t like DNF’ing books. I’m a completionist and that generally demands that if I pick it up and start it then I’m damn well going to finish it. I really wanted to finish Fangirl, because I’m always interested to see how media portrays fandom; unfortunately, I couldn’t get into this.
Granted, I only read a chapter, but honestly, that one chapter was enough for me.
I might end up coming back to Fangirl. The most likely scenario is that I don’t, and I possibly attempt to read Carry On, which I hear is a superior title from Rainbow Rowell.
Twelve titles touched my grubby hands or graced my finger-printed tablet screen this month. I’m not going to attempt to break the list next month
because setting reading goals like that automatically sets me up for failure, but I do have three titles I’ll be jumping on for next month:
- A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner
- Gemina by Jay Kristof & Amie Kauffman
- Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kauffman
Books, books, and more books. Hope you had a happy reading run for February & thanks as always for reading~