Wow, the first month of the year is a wrap, 2020 is off to a great start reading wise. I managed to read a total of 11 books, which is just an amazing reading month over all. On top of that I think I might have found a contender for one of my favorite books of the year already. I know it is too soon to really tell, but I really truly loved a book I read this month, more details about that below and mini summaries of all the books I read this month along with some fun stats I am keeping this year.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to admit I am totally that person that puts off reading the second book in a series because I always think it is going to be a filler book. I was convinced that this too was going to be a filler book, but I was wrong.
This was a real whopper of a book, I buddy read this with someone and I have to say our conversation did not dampen on most days. A lot of stuff happens in this book and it really kept me guessing. Holly Black takes her riddles and truth spinning to the max and I am always trying to figure out what the characters are really saying. She is so talented with her words.
As for the actions in this book, let me just say wow. I don’t want to ruin anything, but you can bet I have the third book here ready to read.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“So, am I am writing this I just finished this book and I have to say I absolutely love it. This is actually my first 5 star read of 2020, which is super exciting. I am also going to take this time to apologies about the gush fest this post has now turned into.
First thing I really liked was the choice of time period. While it does have a wide range and is told by jumping back and forth, I think the time period was a great choice for a few reasons. The first being alluding to civil rights and Jim Crow laws. There were a few time in this book that I just teared up or flat out cried at. The second aspect being the hard topic of abuse. I feel like the author did a good job of handling such a hard topic. It didn’t shy away from it, it was a hard honest look at it. I really liked that the author didn’t just comment on one social issue, but a few.” More at Someone Picks My Books | Aunt Edition & Series Return!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“I have to start this off by saying I am really happy to have started this year long challenge with this play in particular, the main reason being I actually enjoyed it. Yes, I am surprised to say that, but so grateful. I really was worried going into this thinking I was going to dislike everyone of his works, but that was not the case. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was actually really enjoyable and has made me more excited about this entire process.” – More at 2020 Shakespeare Challenge | January
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an absolutely remarkable story about a very remarkable person who went and did something that many did not and would not do during WW2. I really enjoyed learning about Bonhoeffer and his life. I have already recommended it to quite a few people in my life because it was such a powerful read and so well done.
- Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, rating: 3 of 5 stars
- The Morrigan by Courtney Weber, rating: 4 of 5 stars
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, rating: 3 of 5 stars
- Revised Widow’s Weeds and Weeping Veils by Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins, rating: 4 of 5 stars
- Mythos by Stephen Fry, rating: 4 of 5 stars
- Farmhand, Vol. 1: Reap What Was Sown by Rob Guillory, rating: 4 of 5 stars
- Farmhand, Vol. 2: Thorne in the Flesh by Rob Guillory, rating: 4 of 5 stars
Start of 2019: 51
- Number of Books: 11
- Number of Pages: 3,195
- Fiction: 8
- Nonfiction: 3
- DNF’ed: 0
- Ebook: 0
- Audiobook: 1
- Paperback: 6
- Hardcover: 4
- Library: 2
- Owned: 9
- 5 Stars: 1
- 4 Stars: 7
- 3 Stars: 3
- 2 Stars: 0
- 1 Star: 0
What was your favorite read of the month?
What was the last book you read in January?