Kapow! January is down! Today I bring you my amazingly awesome wrap up for January that I’m sure you’ve all been hanging onto the edges of your seats to read, yes? Good. You know for once, I’m not finding myself saying “I can’t believe January is already over!”. Nope. For me January passed in a normal and timely fashion much to David Tennant’s disappointment (and if you don’t get that reference then I am so, so sorry).
January was a pretty decent reading month for me, in total I read 9 books! I participated in two read-a-thons and started tallying up the numbers towards my Rock Your TBR challenge:
Am I pleased? Yes. I am. After receiving quite a lot of books for Christmas I was absolutely determined to get through all of those before I went on to reading the others books of mine that sit looking so tempting on my bookshelf and I STUCK TO MY GOAL. That’s a first. I’ve read a lot of great books this month and that’s always terribly exciting. I’m well on my way to surpassing hitting my goal of 60 books for the year, as well.
Guest of the month is a monthly event hosted by Emily over @ Emily Reads Everything. It’s a great way to meet new people and we get to spotlight our partners by posting on each other’s blog. We are also given a topic to talk about.
I really liked this book. Actually no, I really liked 98% of this book. The rest? I AM IN A GLASS BOX OF EMOTION! Oh my god WHY would that end that way?! I can see why people are discontented, but although I’m am an internal wreck of I-don’t-even-know-what-these-feels-are I am okay (mostly) with the book. I have also become dysfunctional, lethargic, grumpy, and inexplicably depressed. This book has murdered my soul. One word, unnecessary. Ehhh, *sobbing*, the pain.
Today’s topic for Exploring my Bookshelves is a good one. And, as it turns out, difficult. I’ve been lounging around pondering the mysteries of the universe trying to decide what exactly this means. My comfort zone? A book that made me feel awkward? A book that was a different genre to normal for me? A book that made me scared? What was my conclusion? No idea. But before I continue rambling, the shelfie for this week:
Basically I tackled this by thinking what in books make me feel awkward or uncomfortable. And so I put together a little quick list for you to enlighten you as to what I struggle to read.
Overly sexual content. By this I mean books I have to close on the train because I become overly paranoid that someone will read over my shoulder and gasp.
Horror. I hate horror. I can’t even watch King Kong, that is too scary for me. If things start getting scary then I start reading with one eye shut (because that makes all the difference, okay?).
Awkward sexual content. So, incest, cringe romances, or poorly executed romantic moments.
Frustratingly flouncy language. This sort of covers ‘classics’, Pride & Prejudice gave me so much grief to read because on several occasions I was at a loss at the meaning of a sentence. Particularly in the romantic scenes, seeing as they rarely say, ‘I like you’, or, ‘I love you’, or ‘Marry me’ – it’s more like, ‘oh what a beautiful day for flowers’ *girl blushes* and me going, wait, was that a compliment?
So. With that in mind I have picked the book that has caused me the greatest grief and awkwardness to read. The book that I dared not read on a train. The book that I read with one eye.
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
Genre: Fiction Author: Louise Doughty Published: April 2011 Publisher: Faber & Faber Pages: 320
“I study the photo in the same way that a spy might study the face of a counterpart in a rival organization. I am calm as I make this promise: I am going to find out what you love, then whatever it is, I am going to track it down and I am going to take it away from you.”
After the death of Laura’s nine-year-old daughter, Betty, is ruled an accident in a hit-and-run, Laura decides to take revenge into her own hands, determined to track down the man responsible. All the while, her inner turmoil is reopening the old wounds of her passionate love affair with Betty’s father, David, and his abandonment of the family for another woman.
Haunted by her past and driven to a breaking point by her thirst for retribution, Laura discovers the unforeseen lengths she is willing to go to for love and vengeance.
This book was weird. I bought it in a sale and this is probably the only book I’ve read where I well and truly went NOPE not for me. I did finish it and apparently I rated it 4/5 with much enthusiasm. However, I’ve just altered that down to 3/5 and patted past Kirstie on the shoulder and removed that enthusiasm from the review. I will never be inclined to re-read this. What on earth was I thinking.
It’s a heavy topic matter seeing as the protagonist’s daughter is killed in a hit and run accident and then weird stuff starts happening as she goes after the ‘killer’. If you’ve read this book you might know the scene I’m referring too where things get strange and uncomfortable on an extreme level for the reader. Yuck.
What did I learn from the experience? That my motto: No dragons, no good, is probably a good one to stick by.
Do you have any books that were just a nopity nope?
I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It was a really entertaining read with thoughtful representations of the afterlife, Angels, and death – but some other things had my head spinning in confusion.
Dark Destiny was kindly sent to me by Grave in exchange for an honest review and I was more than happy to oblige. Seriously, have you even read the synopsis for this book? It sounds awesome! Everything about this story was utterly unique from anything else I’ve read and I really enjoyed reading it.
This is the story of young boy who, as it turns out, is the reincarnation of death, a pretty huge responsibility if you ask me. The story begins with an interesting tale of these two soul mates taking a boat out onto a lake. There were dark forces at play that day. What occurs on that lake sets the stage for everything that is to come and also ties in to a wonderful plot twist that I didn’t see coming. Everything about this book is so intriguing and I really enjoyed Grave’s representation of purgatory – utterly terrifying and dark. If you’re worried that this book might be overly religious at any point then I can safely assure you that it’s not. This is kick-ass fantasy. Continue reading →
For those of you who are not familiar with this subscription company, The YA Chronicles are an Australian based group that have a different theme each month for what goes in the box. The box contains one Young Adult Fiction novel and 3-5 little tidbits as well.
I love this subscription box as the stuff that comes in it are great quality and the books are always fantastic picks. I highly recommend you head over and check them out.
January’s theme was:
Travel the World
When I first saw that I thought of several books that it could be. One of which I was I was eager to get my hands on but thought, surely not. Guess what? I was right!! So here we have the book and the rest of the contents that comes with the box for the month of January! Continue reading →