January Wrap-Up & February Reading Plans

January is over! This month was pretty good even if I had my finals pretty early on the month but since now I’m on winter break, it’s all good!

This month was a pretty good month, I read a couple of very good things and one disappointing thing. Let’s start with the bad: Dreadnought by April Daniels… I made a pretty ranty review of this one so if you want to know what didn’t work (spoiler alert: everything), you can check out my review. Other than this book however, everything I read was either good or very good so overall, I am happy!

 

Books Read

  • Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★★
  • Autumn by Ali Smith ★★★★★
  • Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey ★★★★
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka ★★★
  • Dreadnought by April Daniels ★1/2
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado ★★★
  • The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma ★★★★

I decided that from now on, I would only review books if I actually have something worthwhile to say about them (or if I received them from the publisher of course!). Which means that for example, I won’t be reviewing Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey. I really liked it as usual with Carey but I don’t have anytning to say about it. Carey is that kind of author for me, I really love most of her books: they are well-written, the intrigue is always good and the worldbuilding is top-notch but I am unable to review them. I highly recommend her works but I don’t know what I would say about them except “it’s good stuff guys, check it out!”. So, yeah… check it out!

Same with Metamorphisis by Kafka, it was very weird, funny and in the end quite tragic but I don’t really have anything to say about it.

However, I will talk about Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado in a couple of days and I am still debating weither I should write a love letter to Autumn by Ali Smith which was so amazing that I am actually re-reading it right now. Same with The Fishermen by Obioma, I really liked it but I don’t know how I would express my feelings about this one. I will have to think about it for a while before attempting to write something coherent!

 

Book of the Month

 

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This book is amazing. Ali Smith’s prose is a dream: she plays with words masterfully. Proclaimed the first first post-Brexit book, this book follows a friendship between a child and a hundred years old man. It is a witty, sad yet full of life poignant story.  I am re-reading this right now and I am loving it even more. In a strange way, this story feels very personal even if I never experienced something like that in my life.

 

Currently Reading & TBR

As I mentionned, I am currently reading Autumn by Ali Smith but I should finish my re-read today or tomorrow. I am also 200 pages in Black Wolves by Kate Eliott, an epic fantasy book that I have been meaning to read for years. So far, I am very much enjoying it!

I would also like to read The Tunnel by Ernesto Sapato but in Spanish. I have been meaning to read a spanish book in its original language for a while and I really want to do it now. French is my mother tongue but I would love to be able to speak four languages (I speak French, English, Spanish and I started German a few months ago) and I reckon that reading would be a nice way to learn new words! So that’s my personal challenge for the month! 🙂

 

How was your January? Have you read anything good?

10 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up & February Reading Plans

  1. I have a copy of Black Wolves but haven’t read it yet. I’m very curious to hear your thoughts on Her Body and other Parties, I’ve read lots of rave reviews, but you gave it three stars so….? Looking forward to a review!

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    1. Her Body and Other Parties is a very interesting feminist collection. Some of the stories are amazing and other were a bit too experimental and angry for my taste. I loved the ideas but the execution didn’t always deliver for me. I would still recommend it but I can’t say I enjoyed/understood it completely. The three stars rating reflects my mixed opinions 🙂

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  2. I could be wrong about this, but doesn’t Black Wolves actually have a female protagonist? Or she is the most prominent character in the book? Vaguely remember hearing something on a podcast about the publisher deciding to put a male on the cover even though – for sales or something like that? I forget which book it was, but I really think it was Black Wolves…

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    1. The book has a big cast of characters but indeed the warrior in here in a female protagonist. I really don’t understand the marketing of the book because the cover is not a good representation of the book, it is a slowpaced intricate stoy and not a battle-heavy fantasy story at all… The cover almost prevented me from buying the book because I thought it wouldn’t be for me!

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  3. Oh, I know what you mean when you say you need a few days to find the right words to express your reactions to a particular book! It happens to me when I find a book that’s so good I feel unable to express my wonder at reading such amazing writing: a little time is what’s necessary to get some perspective… 🙂

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