January- So Far, Currently, & Up Next

Here’s a check in of what I have read in January so far-

I started the year listening to The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells on Scribd.  I absolutely love these books and made my way through all four of them.  I can’t give them 5 stars though, because I’ve had a similar experience with them as I had with the Binti Trilogy: they wrap up too quickly.

I also finally got around to A Monster Calls.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to read and when I saw the audio available I thought, ‘Yeah! I’m really enjoying listening to shorter books lately, let’s do it!”

Thank goodness for book clubs! Who knows when or if I would have actually gotten around to rereading Good Omens.  I remembered nothing about it but was hoping to get to it so I could give the upcoming adaptation a watch.  Because of a time crunch, I ended up switching between reading and listening to the audio.  The audio was a great experience, and I can’t wait to see David Tennant play Crowely.

We didn’t get to it before Christmas, but the tree is still up so the kids and I went ahead and read Christmas in Cooperstown together.  They enjoyed it.  I enjoyed reading it to them.  Was it great? nah.  But this is a mystery series for young kids and so I make sure to keep that in mind when rating it.

And then there was Bitch Planet vol. 1, another read for a book club.  Here is my Goodreads review:

I wish I could have gotten a little more set-up or explanation as to how the society got to the point it is at. You get dumped right into this really intense world, and it’s not that you can’t figure out what’s happening, it’s just very…I don’t know…. abrupt? Jarring? I realize that obviously the reader is supposed to be uncomfortable with the exploitation and degrading view of women. That part of the plot is very promising. But it relies on the reader being able to create the world for themselves I think. Lazy world building, in my opinion.

 

I accidentally got distracted from Rogue Protocol (book 3 of the Murderbot Diaries), but once I re-started it, I got right through that one AND Exit Strategy.  And now we wait for Murderbot #5…. *checks watch* sad face.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt has been on my radar for YEARS!  I finally picked it up one day and then my Dad told me it was a movie starring John C Riley, Joaquin Pheonix and Jake Gyllenhall.   Westerns are so not my thing, but I really enjoyed this book.  Well, the first two thirds of the book anyway.

From my Goodreads review:

The ending dragged for me a bit, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book. I wasnt expecting to find it so humorous. While Charlie Sisters was an aggravating and hateful character, Eli was great. At times an unreliable narrator, he was relatable in his depression and feelings of both contempt and loyalty towards his brother.

 

The Astonishing Color of After was… ohhhh boy.  It was intense, and beautiful, and magical, and sad.  I started out really liking it, got a little bored with it, and then absolutely adored it.  I have one little problem though… the romantic feelings the main character, Leigh, had towards her best friend hit too close to home for me.  I remember being there and feeling like that, but thankfully my story went very differently on that front.  The main story though, about her mother’s suicide and her grief was just beautiful.  I found myself wondering “is this magical realism? is she having a breakdown?”  and I’m still not 100% sure.  I think it’s a combination of both.

I finally limped my way to the end of Hiddensee.  ugh.  That was rough.  Even though I finished it in 2019, it was so bad it was included on my list of 2018 disappointments!

I was SO HAPPY to see In An Absent Dream available on Scribd so soon after its release date.  I jumped right on that and within a chapter I just knew this is one I need to own a physical copy of.  It is my favorite of the Wayward Children series, hands down!  In this one, we travel to the Goblin Market with Lundy (honestly, I couldn’t remember who Lundy even was from Every Heart a Doorway).  I love anything that has anything to do with the Goblin Market because of my childhood Labyrinth obsession.  Other than the name of the market though, I have to go back and reread the original poem by Christina Rossetti to look for more references… not sure there is much more than that.

I am currently reading:

Up next on my radar:

  • There There by Tommy Orange- this is a book club read that I am unsure about.  Adult literary fiction is something I wish I did better with, but I am a genre fiction fiend.  Sorry not sorry.
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson- grabbed this from my library because my love for Murderbot had me browsing the sci-fi shelves while my kids were busy participating a science program.
  • Lock In by John Scalzi- which I grabbed at the same time as Robopocalypse.  The premise of a highly contagious virus is a huge anxiety trigger for me…. BUT another woman whose child was also in the science program assured me that the book is more of a procedural crime novel with a sci-fi twist, and that it doesn’t focus too much on the virus.  Like Station Eleven, the virus seems to be over and done with by the time the main plot is taking place.

Books I am reading to my kids:

  • Bumblebee at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee
  • The Capture (Guardians of Ga’Hoole #1) by Kathryn Lasky

So that is 12 read, 3 started, 3 I want to get to soon, and 2 that I’m reading to the kiddos.

I am very happy to have started 2019 off with a bang, but I think I want to slow down and focus on reading through my owned books next month.

 

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