January Wrap Up

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# of Books Read- 8

# of Pages Read- 2,550

Favourite Book(s)- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, & The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

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I read Annihilation within the first few days of January and it is still on my mind. It was so weird but in a really great way. I have such mixed feelings about it because it left me with many unanswered questions. If you are looking for something completely original with elements of SciFi, dystopia, and horror then I would recommend looking in to this one. I am so curious to see how the rest of the series plays out, and apparently it is being made in to a movie as well.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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The Underground Railroad is a book that everyone talks about, and for good reason. It is speculative fiction, and I thought that the take of having the underground railroad being a real train was interesting but it could have been more fleshed out. That said, this book was beautifully written, heart wrenching, and so important. I can not wait to see what Colson Whitehead writes next.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

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I was reluctant to read this collection of short stories because I am always wary about books written by celebrities. In my opinion, I was worried for nothing. It was well-written and I loved the focus on everyday people with the occasional elements of SciFi. I had a few issues with the way he wrote women but I will definitely read his next collection, if he ever comes out with one!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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I will be surprised if this book does not make it in my top ten books of the year! It was brilliant! I have a feeling that this is a book that will stick with me for many years to come. It is one of the most thought-provoking novels that I have read in a long time. I was so connected and invested in the characters, and it was frustrating trying to unravel what was happening to them.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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Jesmyn Ward is a truly talented writer. I now want to read all of her books! This book was so hard to read at times, and mad me so angry! I love a book that can bring out those emotions. The first chapter was a bit graphic and I was not prepared for it (animal slaughter.) I just want to mention that so if you decide to pick it up, you are aware of it. Sing, Unburied, Sing talks about important topics and handles them in a way that I felt was realistic and had a big impact. I can see why this book is so well loved.

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

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As you can see, I have read a lot of heavy and dark books this month. I decided to read Gunslinger Girl because I was looking for something more fun and action-packed. This book definitely delivered. It was really fast-paced and I could not put it down. A lot of it was predictable, but there were a few twists that I did not see coming. It was really the characters and the setting that were the highlights for me!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Wonder was an emotional roller-coaster. I felt every single emotion while reading this book, and by the end of the ride I had fallen deeply in love with it and with Auggie. It is not often that I come across a novel that I think every single person should read, but this is one of those books. It is so insightful and there are many lesson that can be learned and/or reinforced. It deserves every ounce of love that it receives.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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I have been talking about wanting to read The Bear and the Nightingale for months now, and I am happy to say that it has surpassed my expectations! It starts off a little bit confusing and it takes awhile to get all of the characters sorted out, but once you do it is absolutely beautiful and captivating. I really reads like a fairy tale for adults, and I did not want it to end. I am looking forward to picking up the next book!

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This has been one of the best reading months I have had in a long time. Every single book that I read was unique and amazing in it’s own way! I am hoping that this is a sign that I will have an incredible reading year.

What was the best book that you read this month?

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53 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. Great January, Kristin!! I really want to read Arden’s book, since I’ve seen it everywhere and you loved books that I loved as well ^^

    My favorite read this month was “Beauty and the Beast” by KD Shea, since it was sweet and a lot of fun, full of witty talk, grumpy characters β™₯ It just warmed my heart ^^

    Cheers to a better February… if that’s possible πŸ˜‰

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  2. Wow, I wish I could read that much each month! I have had my eye on The Underground Railroad for a long time but have never gotten around to it yet. I did just download Annihilation this month in preparation for the movie, I am looking forward to reading that one soon.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed Never Let Me Go! Though I read the novel years and years ago, I still love it until now. Have you watched the movie as well? It’s a great adaptation ❀ Uncommon Type has been on my TBR for a long time, but I never really hear people's thoughts about it! I might give it a try in the near future πŸ™‚

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      1. That is why I bought it but he has taken it hostage xD hahaha I’ve read somewhere that the author is part of a new wave of “weird” literature as a new genre, so I am super excited to read it and understand it ! :3

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  4. This is the second or third time I’ve heard positive things about ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ so I think it’s maybe time I checked it out for myself! Looks like you’ve had a productive month in regards to reading…I wish I could say the same for myself πŸ˜›

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  5. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Gunslinger girl lately so I’m glad you liked it too! I have Underground railway and The bear and the nightingale on my tbr and cant wait to read them πŸ˜€ You had such a great month, hope feb is just as good ❀

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  6. So glad to hear you had such a great reading month and happy to see Never Let Me Go on here! This book was brilliant, I loved it so much and didn’t expect the end, at all. It was amazing. So happy you loved it, too πŸ™‚
    Hope you’ll have a great February! xx

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  7. Looks like you had a great month, Kristin 🌸
    I’m so happy you finally got round to reading The Bear and The Nightingale this month; I also started it but it was a bit confusing and I don’t think I was in the right mindset, I’m hoping to read it soon and I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Wonder is also on my TBR, I know it’s going to be a sad book but I really want to read it before going to see the movie.

    I hope you have a lovely February 🌸

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    1. I really did! The Bear and the Nightingale blew me away. It is as good as everyone said it was but it does take awhile to really get in to it. I hope you enjoy it the next time knowing that it is confusing at first! Wonder is sad but really sweet at the same time. I think you will love it!

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