I actually did really well with my reading this much. A friend from my Twitter bought me a Fire for Christmas, and it’s really helped me read even more as it’s lightweight and provides a really nice format for eBooks. I’ve also been on work placement at a dog daycare and I did a lot of reading during my breaks. I’m trying to fit more time in my schedule for reading, as I really enjoy it and it’s been taking a backseat for a while now.
This is a poetry collection that’s so raw, deep and powerful. It focuses on colonisation, being African American, racism, bisexuality, feminism, body positivity, motherhood, heartbreak and love as well as other themes. As a white person, it was very eye opening about what women of colour experience within themselves and within society. Some of the poems were quite short, which I think heightened their impact.
Knit One Girl Two (4/5)
This is a very short story following two Jewish main characters, one is bisexual and fat and the other is a lesbian. It’s just an absolutely adorable f/f romance about a knitting club, a cat that accidentally gets dyed pink and I kind of want to read it again?
Going Through the Motions (4/5)
This is also another short story following, with lots of queerness, humour, werewolves and vampires and it’s every bit as awesome as it sounds. Because it’s such a short story and because of how much I enjoyed it, I already want to re-read this too and I think I just might. Books are always that little bit more enjoyable the second time.
Another Place (3/5)
I was kindly gifted this book by a friend for Christmas so I feel so guilty for not liking this book, but it’s not that I didn’t like it, it just didn’t live up to the expectations I had set up for it. This is an #OwnVoices book about bipolar and the struggles she faces with that and in a society where everyone knows about them, while at the same time it’s about a book where her friend went missing and she starts an investigation into why. It was two contrasting themes that I feel might have worked together if a writer with experience had written it, but it wasn’t beautifully weaved together and it did have some misogyny here and there too which knocks another star off.
The Beast Within (4/5)
This is a retelling from one of my favourite movies, Beauty and the Beast, where it tells the story of how the Beast became the Beast and how the curse happened in the first place. It was highly enjoyable. Also, in this book, the Beast and Gaston used to be best friends which makes a lot of sense and I really like that added bit of detail.
When Dimple Met Rishi (4/5)
This was going for 99p on the eBook sale so I just picked it up because I’ve heard many good things about it, but I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it because non-queer romance isn’t really my thing. However, it was absolutely adorable and was much, much better than any expectation I had for it. Dimple was an amazing main character, Rishi was so soft and sweet and gentle, and the plot and story drifted at this perfect pace so no chapter was ever boring. A little predictable, perhaps, but enjoyable anyway.
The Little Prince (5/5)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
My first five out of five star read this year! I really like the movie on Netflix and I’ve watched it so many times already, but I had no idea it was a book. I’ve owned the book for about a year now, maybe, and I eventually decided I’d read it because it’s only short and I know I would love it if it wasn’t anything like the movie (which it was). This will absolutely be one of those books in the future that I re-read for comfort.
Death Note (Vol 1) (4/5)
Tsugami Ohba, Yuki Kowalsky
My first graphic novel of the year! I started this back in December but, for some reason, it took me until January to finish. I loved it as much as I hoped I would and I absolutely can not wait to read Vol 2. It started off slowly, and just kept getting better and better. It was so gripping and fast paced.
19 Souls (3/5)
This was a book I was approved for by NetGalley a few months ago and I’ve finally gotten around to it. It was just filled with racism and misogyny, and Jim Bean was not a very interesting or likable character, but otherwise I did enjoy it enough to finish the book and I don’t know how much of that was enjoyment and how much of it was curiosity but I don’t think I’ll be finishing the series. I expected something that it wasn’t.
Ghost Stories (4/5)
I didn’t find this out until after I had finished it but this is a memoir of Whit’s life, and that’s why a lot of it seamed more like a stream of consciousness rather than a well though out plot line and some of the stories in here just didn’t make sense. The artwork was really simplistic and pretty, though. I really enjoyed it, I would absolutely read more from this author (this was also approved by NetGalley)
Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda (4/5)
This was adorable and cute and I loved it so much. I wrote a review for this book here which isn’t really well though out much, more like me squealing over it, but still. Becky Albertalli is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.
Quick and Quirky (3/5)
This was a book that was approved on NetGalley and it was just a collection of short stories that all varied in subject but were humorous and all seemed to end in some funny, inspirational message. I was also surprised that a f/f married couple was a part of one of the short stories, and it was casually mentioned and wasn’t made a big deal of, just like m/f relationships aren’t. It was gripping and interesting but not my favourite.
So, that’s all I read for the month of January! That makes a total of twelve books and, even though a lot were short stories or poetry, I’m still impressed with myself after hardly reading anything for months.
Until next time,