The month January has come to an end. During the month I had a goal of reading 8 books. I managed to achieve that and more, so I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on the books that I read. January in books is the start of an ongoing series which will highlight the books that I read each month over the course of the year.
January in books
Fruits Basket Collectors Edition by Natsuki Takaya
The 12 volumes of Fruits Basket Collections Edition contain all 23 volumes of the manga series. This is a quirky little series that follows a girl, Tohru Honda, as she meets and then lives with several members of the Sohma family. Sounds normal enough, until you find out that these family members are possessed by the 12 zodiac animals and they turn into them when they are hugged by a member of the opposite gender. As you can imagine, things can get pretty crazy along the way. The only thing that I would say I didn’t like was the fact that so many characters looked similar, that sometimes it was hard to remember who was who. All in all, a solid manga series and I look forward to watching the anime series.
Saga Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
I can’t go into too much detail with this one, as it’s the ninth book in the series. However, much like the previous volumes, it was a quick read set within a vivid and sometimes strange world. This volume wasn’t as strong as some of the previous ones, but the ending has me eagerly awaiting volume 10.
The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
Sometimes it’s nice to revisit books from your childhood. Reading a Roald Dahl book always brings back memories of reading as a kid. His books are filled with fantastical stories and such a great mix of characters. I don’t remember if I read this book as a kid or not, but it was fun to read it now. The story had a certain appeal to it and is perfect for readers young and old.
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
Who knew that a love story wrapped up in a tortoise story could be so entertaining. Esio Trot was another fun little book and was the perfect thing to read in amongst all of these other books.
Seekers: The Quest Begins by Erin Hunter
After my son read this book a few months ago, he insisted that I read it. He often wants me to read books that he has read and enjoyed, and I am more than happy to do so. I quite enjoyed this book. It has great world building and characters. I can certainly see why my son enjoys these books so much. The three main characters had a lot of similarities between them, especially when it comes to their teachings about their kind, and yet they also unique in their own way. I look forward to reading the rest of this series, as well as the other books by this author.
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
This is a book that my husband has wanted our son to read for a while. Our son has been hesitant about reading it, so I thought that I would read it to see what it was about. This was a very fast read, though admittedly, I still don’t feel like I really understand Taoism.
You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
I have only ever read one other self-help book before this one. As such, I’m not really sure how to properly review these types of book. That being said, I do feel that this book was well written and it definitely made me stop and think along the way. Had this book changed me? Yes, but not completely. I think it will take time to really grasp all of her advice and put it to work. However, I have already started thinking about a number of things she says to do to overcome doubt and I am actually kind of excited about seeing some things through.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ah, this one is so hard for me to review. It was a book I had been wanting to read for a few years now but was honestly terrified to read it because I felt it would remind me too much of my high school days. I did find that the way the book was written, and it’s formatting to be a bit odd, as it looked and felt like I was reading a screenplay than a novel. The author does a great job of portraying a teenager going through a very tough time and being unable to speak up about it. Though it took a while to find out exactly what the main character, Melinda had gone through, the time leading up to that really showcased how dealing with a traumatic event and the after effects can truly affect someone. I think that all high school students should read this book.
Scarlett’s by A.L. Collins
This book was sent to me a few years back by the author and while I intended to read it back then, obviously I never did. Scarlett’s was a quick read that was over before I realized it. There was a decent mix of characters throughout, though I felt that all of them acted much younger than they were – admittedly it was never said how old any of them were, but since they all lived on their own I can assume they were in their 20s. The main basis of the story is about a group of friends who are all struggling in one way or another and how they overcome some of those struggles by helping each other.
Dying To Retire by Donald Bain
Much like all of the previous books in the Murder, She Wrote series, this one felt a lot like I was watching an episode through Jessica Fletcher’s eyes. However, after having read this many into the series, I feel like they are starting to feel far too similar to each other. Truth be told, I would rather watch an episode of the show than read another of these books – though I will likely still read some because I have several unread on my shelf. These books are really quick reads and are great if you love cozy mystery or the Murder, She Wrote television series.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The final book in the Lunar Chronicles series, Winter was an enjoyable read. Though it had been well over a year since I had read the previous books in the series, I had no problem keeping up with the story. I had honestly wondered how the author would tie up so many character story arc with a single book, and yet Meyer did an excellent job with this. Each character is given ample time to grow and move along with the main story, while also bringing a clean end to their own stories. This was a satisfying end to a good series.
January in books stats
- Books read: 33
- Books purged: 4
- Books purchased: 0
So there you have it, my thoughts on the 33 books that I read in January. I was really surprised by how much I was able to read, while still getting other things done throughout the month.
Did you get any reading done in January? Which book was your favorite to read?