January is tough every year. I think its easy to start on a high with goals going into the new year and think you can conquer them immediately. I was hesitant to write this post because I thought I hadn’t read anything. However, it turns out I’m actually ahead of my reading pace I set out when 2018 start. I think the one lesson I can take from January is to give myself a break!
I need to add a disclaimer to my acquired books. I didn’t get any books for Christmas except from my Christmas book swap partner and my brother. This is because my parents wanted to wait until my birthday celebration. That was about two weeks ago now. After they left town, I thought it would be a good idea to try out another book store to fill in some holes for one of my reading challenges. That’s how you get to 28 books in a month and, at least for this Bookish Cronk, that’s a lot.
Not that I’m complaining. The more books, the better! At least, until I run out of storage space…
You can head over to my Goodreads profile to see what I’ve read so far in 2018 and what I’m currently reading. Here’s a few of my favorites from January that I finished or that I’m working on completing now.
I am not a fan of Star Wars. It’s not that I don’t want to be as much as it’s that I missed the boat as a kid. I’ve watched more of the prequels than the original series (unfortunately), but I really liked Carrie Fisher in the ones I’ve seen as well as When Harry Met Sally. I was able to get Wishful Thinking on audio two days before the 24in48 Readathon and that meant I was going to read it.
The audio is delightful. From her mimicking her mom to small laughs during asides, it was surprisingly funny. I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much just reading the book so I’d recommend try to get an audio copy if you want to read it.
I have no idea what took me so long to read N.K. Jemisin. I’ve owned The Fifth Season since last summer. When I received The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the first book in the Inheritance trilogy, in a book swap, I was a little lukewarm about it. I was mistaken.
Jemisin writes worlds rich in detail, dimensional characters, and can make a protagonist likable, but also complex. It’s high fantasy, but accessible for most readers. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is participating in Black History Month reading this month.
I received an ebook copy of The Immortalists from the publisher and I’m currently reading it. I’m enjoying it so far, but I’m disappointed in how predictable the first story was. The book is about four siblings that visit a woman to find out their fortunes. She tells them the exact day they will die and it influences how they live their lives.
I haven’t finished it yet, but its causing me to think about living life to the fullest, the way you want to and not waiting for life to happen to you. It also deals with the questions of how long is too long to live and what to do when you lose someone. It’s tough at times, but I’m going to finish it.
I also want to note that this book’s summary makes it seem like a magical realism or fantasy book and it’s not. It’s literary fiction with four character studies for each of the siblings.
My honorable mention is An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan. I talk about it briefly in my post about the problems with Fire and Fury. It’s a book I can see a lot of people enjoying and very inspiring. The Khan’s hard work, patriotism, and family stories are worth the read.
That’s all for now. I hope you read some great books in January and have a great TBR stack for February.