Book Review Monthly Reading Wrap-Up

January 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
This is a sweet little series that I’ve listened to entirely on audiobook. I love the length and read this most recent release whilst driving to and from an appointment in work. In an Absent Dream, which is the fourth book in the Wayward Children series, tell us Lundy’s story, which I found super interesting and sweet. This, as with the previous three, was a four star read and I will probably continue this series as long as Seanan McGuire continues to write them!

The Girl King by Mimi Yu **
I am so thrilled to see more Asian-inspired fantasy book making their way into the world. While this one wasn’t my all time favourite, I enjoyed it enough to continue on with the series when the next book is released. I really enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters and the fierce way in which Lu goes after what she feels in her birthright. My favourite thing about this book however was Nok and his relationship with Lu. I think there is plenty of room for this series to grow and I hope to see more political intrigue in the next book. I rated this one 3/5 stars.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
I can’t believe that I had never read this book before! A little while back a bought a set of children’s classics that included this one, and this month I finally picked it up. This is lovely lovely story told from the perspective of Black Beauty, a horse. As much as I thought that I wouldn’t enjoy that, it was actually my favourite part. Black Beauty is forced into a life for cruelty when his owners are sadly forced to sell him. This book was totally emotional but it is also a great story of strength, courage and how a will to survive can help you do just that.

Winter by Ali Smith
Ali Smith always has been and always will be one of my favourites. I adored Autumn, which was the first in her new seasonal quartet and I was not disappointed with Winter. Ali Smith has a way of telling stories so beautifully without being convoluted and current while at the same time, I’m sure you could read this year down the line and some of the topics will still be relevant. Of course I rated this 5/5 stars and am really looking forward to reading the next installment, Spring when it hits the shelves in March of this year.

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
This one was a re-read for me and this time I listened to it on audiobook. I am completely fascinated with the lives of those who grew up in cults, and there seems to be more of these autobiographies surfacing now, which pleases me. In the Days of Rain is not just the story of Rebecca’s life, but the life of her father, who reveals all to her when he finds that he will so die. Compelling and heartbreaking at the same time. I enjoyed this re-read as much as I did the first time I read it.  I rated this 4/5 stars, which was my rating the first time around.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is the first book written by this author, but the second I have read by her. After loving From Here to Eternity I knew that I wanted to pick this one up. Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and founder of The Order of the Good Death. In Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, she tells the story of how she came to do the job that she does and the lessons she has learned on the way. I love the way she writes and I find the topics she writes about completely fascinating. I will gladly read anything and everything she ever writes. Of course, this was a 5 star read for me!

The Familiars by Stacey Halls **
After seeing this gorgeous book several months ago, I knew I needed it. I was lucky to be sent an early finished copy of this book and ended up reading it right away. The Familiars tells the story of the Pendle Hill witch trials with a key emphasis on the rights of women in the 17th century, or, you could say, lack of rights. I loved the writing in this one and the story had be gripped from the very first page. I brilliant debut and an author that I will definitely be keeping an eye on for future releases. I gave this one 5/5 stars.

Shapeshifters by Gavin Francis
I basically picked this book up because the Wellcome Prize is my favourite literary prizes and this book had been published by the Wellcome Collection. I love a non-fiction. Particularly slightly academic non-fiction that centre around health and medicine. While some may have found this dry, I enjoyed it. Shapeshifters is a ‘lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life’. Again, after reading this, I would be very interested to read more of his work. I gave this one 4/5 stars.

 

 

The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden **
Read my post here.

Red Snow by Will Dean **
Read my post here.

Cull by Tanvir Bush **
Read my post here.

Ideal Angels by Robert Welbourn **
Read my post here.

 

And there we have it, my January 2019 wrap-up! It’s been a kick-ass reading month for me with nothing coming below a 3 star and four 5 star reads! What have you read and loved this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

** The titles with stars have been gifted to me via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is not sponsored content and all views shared are my own.

 

2 comments on “January 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

  1. I’ve been eyeing The familiars for a while, thanks for the review!

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