I have not done any of these monthly wrap-ups and TBRs in the past but with the new year it is something that I very much want to start doing. It would stand to reason then that I would be late in getting my very first one out, right?!
For January, I finished 8 books.
First, I finished The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty which was really good….at the end. I struggled through most of the middle parts but it totally paid off at the end and I cannot wait for the final book.
Next up was The Armored Saint by Myke Cole. And it was AMAZING. Seriously. I can pretty much guarantee that this will end up on some people’s Best of 2018 lists.
Around this time I was also doing a re-read of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the Book Geeks Uncompromised Podcast. Of course I love this entire series and I had a fantastic time discussing how it was different reading it as an adult versus as a kid/preteen.
Then comes my big disappointment for this month…Star Wars: Phasma. I was so excited for this book because the character is so mysterious while being a very minor character in the new Star Wars movies but is played up a ton in the marketing campaigns. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like this book delivered on getting to know Phasma any better or understanding her at all.
Then there was Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw. From the blurb I kind of expected something a little bit quirky. This book wasn’t bad but it turned out to be more of a straight up urban/paranormal fantasy and maybe it just wasn’t what I was looking for, maybe I have read too much of that recently with just having finished The Dresden Files, but it just didn’t do much for me.
New Praetorians: Sienna McKnight was an ARC that I received from the publisher that is planned to be an Avengers’ style setup with each book showcasing a different character that gains superhero-like abilities and culminates in a story with all of them together. This book had a lot to offer and there were times where I really enjoyed reading it but I felt that there were just too many events from before the story got going that weren’t fully explored enough to understand some of Sienna’s actions.
Then there was A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne. This is an epic fantasy with elemental based magic and invading giants and diversity and it was a fantastically fun read. Some of it got a tad bit trope-y but it was wonderfully written and an original setup. Very glad I did not wait any longer to read it.
I also got the chance to re-read my 2017 favorite, Senlin Ascends, again for the podcast. This book is one of my all-time favorites and I have gushed about it so much that I don’t think I need to do it again here. :)
The last book that I finished in January was Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker, the second book in The Wounded Kingdom series. We had an opportunity to interview RJ Barker last November after reading the first book, Age of Assassins. I enjoyed Age of Assassins when I read it but Blood of Assassins really sucked me in so much more.
For February, I have _ books that I will absolutely be getting through and then I few that I would love to get to very soon.
I have already finished these first two (thanks to aforementioned lateness to this monthly TBR).
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu was the topic of our most recent podcast episode. This is a mind-bendy book translated from Chinese. The focus on the book is definitely more on the science than on the characters and their development so that kind of hurt my immersion into the story. But towards the end, it did really pick up.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card will actually be the next episode on our podcast. I read this book several years ago when I worked for a library system and we had so much fun talking about it. When I originally read it, Ender’s genius is what appealed to me but reading it again now several years later I discovered so much more that I love as well.
Books that I am currently reading would be……
I am currently doing a buddy read with the lovely Melanie on The Picture of Dorian Gray! I enjoy reading classics but was kind of afraid that this would end up being one that I didn’t like for some reason. I think I was afraid the language and style was going to be a much bigger barrier but it is incredibly readable and some of the themes of the book are absolutely translatable to modern day.
I am also reading Red Rising and at this point I am about 80% through it and already plan to read the rest of the series by the end of the month. I am not completely loving it so far but I am having a great time reading it and can’t wait to see where else it goes.
Books that I know for sure I will be reading this month will be…
So yeah, I am for sure going to be finishing the Red Rising trilogy this month. Provided that book 2 doesn’t just totally kill it for me but I really don’t see that happening.
Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe has been a book that I am seeing around alot right now thanks to Mark Lawrence’s SPFBO competition. It is a LitRPG fantasy that is a leading contender for winner in said competition. I think I have only ever read one other LitRPG book and I want to know what all of the fuss is about with this one!
With all that, I think there is only room for a handful more books. I have done a few hauls over the past few weeks though because I have no self control. Here are a few that I am going to attempt to get through in the next few weeks.
I have a buddy read planned with a Facebook friend for The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller. This was my pick for my Book of the Month subscription and it appealed to me because it sounds like it is about a boy that goes undercover in an all-girls school. I feel like I normally hear about similar stories the other way around and this one was also marked as feminist so I am eager to get to it.
Over the past year or two I have kind of developed an obsession with romantic/romantic comedy films from 40s-60s. I just love the feel of the movies and actually just bought a 6 disk collection of leading ladies in classic films. The Girls in the Picture tells the story of two of the very first women to reach stardom in the film industry so I will absolutely not be letting that sit on my TBR too long.
So, this last one, I swore off reading it when I first heard about it. So many people seemed to love The Cruel Prince by Holly Black but it just did not sound at all like something that I would enjoy. YA, romance, fantasy…individually, I enjoy all those things. Together, not usually so much for some reason. But a week or so ago a mood hit me that for some reason that was exactly what I wanted to read. I will be honest, despite the rave reviews I am keeping my expectations deliberately low so as to guarantee as much enjoyment as I can from it.
Well that is it for this month! I really hope to be able to maintain the fortitude to do this every month this year. Let me know what you guys have planned to read or what you think of these books!