January in Review

Normally, the start of the year is a bit of a slump for me, reading wise. I really struggle to get into anything. But this year, I’ve been going through books like absolutely nobody’s business, finishing what I think is a pretty impressive total of nine books, three of which I smashed through in a single weekend.

  1. Acceptance – Jeff VanderMeer
    For me, this was better than book 2 of the Southern Reach trilogy, but not quite up to the standard of the first one. I’ve reviewed the entire series here.
  2. The Bricks that Built the Houses – Kate Tempest
    I love Kate Tempest, this is B E A U T I F U L. It’s flawed though.
  3. The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla
    Yes yes yes. Read it. I don’t want to review this because it feels reductive to review something this important.
  4. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
    This book is fucking incredible. Review coming soon, but suffice to say that I have never read anything like this and you should read it the moment it comes out.
  5. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
    A really interesting read, definitely worth a look. I want more people I know to read it so that I can discuss why they think the central conceit is there.
  6. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
    I wanted to reread this before I saw the film, but on reflection I don’t think I had read it before. I went for the illustrated edition and Jim Kay is wonderful as ever. I liked it,  but I think I’ll like the film more.
  7. Cove – Cynan Jones
    This is less than a hundred pages long, but it does an incredible amount in those pages. Another one where the review is coming soon.
  8. Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
    I mean, I don’t think I need to explain why I read this now. It’s great, and I would definitely recommend going for the audiobook.
  9. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
    Another one that isn’t out yet, this is a great book. A lot of the reviews I’ve seen have talked about how great the central character is, but personally I loved the arc much more than her. Review soon!
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