It’s Monday, February 29th. Whatcha Reading?!

What’s up party people? I’ve been a bit of a slacker blogwise recently–but I warned you! I’ve been reading less and spending less time at home. I’ve been exercising more, watching more shows and movies rather than only reading, and I’ve been seeing people. Actual live humans. And I’ve even been interacting with them. It’s crazy, really. But in a good way.

On top of that, I’m going on a trip! By the time you read this I’ve headed off to Mexico with my family. My brother and his family were supposed to come too, but my sister-in-law is pregnant. Because of the Zika virus that’s spreading around in that area, the doctor advised them to stay home. It’s quite disappointing really… But we’ll make the best of it.

As I write this I am in the throes of packing, and it’s kind of a nightmare. I don’t know about you, but i find packing quite stressful. Do I have all I need? Do I need to buy something? Am I going to forget something? How many pairs of shoes is too many pairs of shoes? Why don’t I have a medium suitcase–only a small and a large? WHAT BOOKS DO I BRING? You get the idea.

I’m still debating over what books to bring, but I thought I would share the top contenders with you!

I’ve been in a bit of a slump since I finished Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (which I read over almost two weeks, and it’s not even long!). So, I’m not really sure what I’m in the mood to read! I’ve been mulling over a mix of things.

Right now I’m about 15 pages into The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’ve actually owned this book since it was released and have yet to read it. I’m hoping that its thriller status pulls me in and gets me back into the reading groove.

Next I’ve decided on bringing some romance-y books with me. I’ve got Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines and Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I’ve yet to read anything by Abbi Glines, but I’ve heard good things! I was on a CoHo spree in the fall and think it’s about time to pick up where I left off.

I had considered bringing my ARC of Black Apple by Joan Crate, but I decided against it. It sounds amazing and comes out March 1st, but I don’t think this subject matter is something that is going to help me relax on the beach.

The next on my list is definitely one I am still debating. I have a hardcover copy of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (another that I have had since its release but haven’t read). I have been meaning to read this one forever and think a good historical fiction might be what the doctor ordered. My thought is, however, that the hardcover beauty might get damaged in my travels/be heavy. I’m also concerned that this might be more serious than I am looking for on vacation? We’ll see.

I did, however, decide to bring my ARC of The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie! This is both an historical fiction and a romance! I haven’t read the first book in this trilogy, The Sisters of Versailles, but I really don’t think that will make a difference. It’s based on historical events so I don’t think it will be hard to get the picture.

I’m also going to be bringing a couple of comic trades with me. I’m bringing the Wicked + the Divine vol 3 and Captain Marvel vol 1 (2014). I’m going to toss my Kobo into my bag for good measure as well (though I rarely read ebooks…). 😀

So, those are the books that I am planning to maybe read this week while I’m in Mexico! What are you reading? 


If These Ten Songs Were Books, I’d Read Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is songs that would make good books! So, here are some songs. And, if they were books, I’d totally read them.

The Ballad of Love and Hate by The Avett Brothers


Oursby Taylor Swift


Us by Regina Spektor

Give it All Back by Noah & The Whale


Young Pilgrims by The Shins


Lions! By Lights


The Devil’s Tears by Angus and Julia Stone


Hero by Family of the Year


By Your Side by House of Heroes



George Romero Will be at Our Wedding by Showbread

Well, that was fun. What songs do you think would make good books?

It’s Monday February 15th. Whatcha Reading?

Hey folks, what’s up? Did y’all have a good Valentine’s day? I certainly did. I got to spend some quality time with my family–including my super sweet little nephew. I then spent the evening with some of my favourite ladies: Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Mindy Lahiri. I also did some reading. So that’s nice too 🙂

I’ve actually been trying to read less lately. That might sound odd, I know, but here’s the thing. I have a tendency to turn into a hermit and read in all my spare time. And that’s totally fine. But I want to build more relationships with people–not just read about them. You know? Because really, I can be quite the hermit. Because of this less reading, it is entirely possible that I will also be blogging less. But we’ll see how it goes!

I didn’t post last Monday, but since the previous Monday, I’ve read three books! The first of which was The Lake House by Kate Morton. This is the first book I’ve read by her and I loved it! It’s a quieter story that I had expected, but it was totally great. It’s a story about family that spans decades with a cold case mystery thrown into the mix. I really enjoyed this book and will review it soon!

The next book I picked up was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I picked this one up in the spirit of Valentine’s Day because it is supposedly a love story and everyone seems to love it. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. Which is a shame because I totally was one of those people for the first two thirds of the book. However, the last third of the book I found completely terrible and enraging. I will post a full review and rant soon 😛

Finally, I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is the first book by her that I’ve read! I loved it so much! I thought I was going to be a lot more fluffy and cutesy than it was, and I really appreciated that. I really related to Cath. I know a lot of people did too, but mostly because of her participation in fandom and fan fiction. That’s not how I related to her personally. However, I totally loved her and enjoyed going along for the ride with her!

Right now I’m reading an ARC of This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang and still listening to the audiobook of Red Rising by Pierce Brown. So far I am really enjoying them both!

It’s Monday, what are you reading? Have you read any of these books, too? 

The Tsar of Love and AWESOMENESS

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 6th, 2015 by Random House Canada
[Goodreads] [Amazon] [Indigo]

This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

So, I read this book in January. And I have no doubt that it will be one of my favourite reads of 2016. Seriously.
The Tsar of Love and Techno is an absolutely beautiful and atmospheric closely connected short story collection. The stories may change perspective, time, location, but they felt like different chapters in the same tale—each character and story weaving together into one seamless tapestry.

I don’t even know what to say about this book other than you should read it. It’s completely beautiful, poignant, and heart wrenching.

These stories are about love, family, war, and its lasting impact. One of the main things that link these characters is their connection to a Chechen painting. This painting takes on a different and deeply personal meaning to each of the characters that encounter it.

Marra sets the stage with a story in Soviet Russia, and then the rest of the stories take place in post-Soviet Russia, with all the fallout and legacies that entails. The writing is so beautiful and atmospheric with such a strong sense of place. The stories take place in Russia and Chechnya. Mainly in Grozny (Chechnya), Leningrad/St. Petersburg (Russia), and Kirovsk (Russia). Kirovsk plays the biggest role—it’s a desolate oil mining landscape peopled by desperate and impoverished people suffering from the lasting legacy of the Soviets.

This is an incredibly beautiful book and I highly recommend it! If you enjoy gorgeous and intricate storytelling and historical fiction about war, you will adore this book.

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Structure/Execution A+
Characters A
Writing A+
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My Top Ten Favourite Romantic Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is a pretty loose Valentine’s Day theme. I decided to share with you guys my favourite romance movies! When it comes to books, romances aren’t my favourites. But when it comes to movies, I could sit and watch romances or romcoms ALL DAY. And even though (or maybe because) I’m currently single, I foresee a Valentine’s Day movie marathon headed my way 😛

So, without further ado, here are my favourites!



Casablanca, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Serendipity, 10 Things I Hate About You, Dirty Dancing, The Princess Bride, You’ve Got Mail, Runaway Bride, and The Notebook.

Do you love to watch a good romance? What would your top ten be? What ones would you recommend to me?

January Book Haul | When your “ban” is more of a “guideline”

I know this is a bit late, but, whatever. So, I tried really hard to take it easy in January, and I had been going well for the first half… But then… It just kind of went down hill. You know how it is. I went a bit overboard, but it could have been worse!

Anyway, here are the lovely books that I acquired over the month of January.

Let’s go left to right, beginning with the comics! I got the first four volumes of Saga by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Stapes as well as the first volume of Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick. I also read all of these! Pop over to my January wrap up for some more details and my brief thoughts!

While browsing at Chapters, I found the box set of the first four books in Abbi Glines’ Sea Breeze series for $15! I couldn’t resist. I have yet to read a novel by her, but now I have four! I’m hoping to start this series soon.

Simon and Schuster Canada was kind enough to send me an ARC of Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell. This is a Peter Pan retelling, and I wrote a full review! Check it out for my thoughts!

Next we’ve got Vicious by VE Schwab. If we’re being honest, I’ve never read one of her books before. I’ve heard nothing but good things though, especially about Vicious. So, I thought it would be a good place to start!

After reading Furiously Happy last year, I knew I had to get my hands on Jenny Lawson’s first memoir, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. So, I did!

After hearing all the amazing things about The Raven Cycle all over the bookternet, I was slowly warming up to the idea of reading the series for myself. The excitement surrounding the final book’s release this year pushed me over the edge. I order the first book, The Raven Boys, then, immediately upon finishing, ordered the next two. And subsequently devoured them. You can read my short thoughts in my wrap up!

I had been hearing great things about The Shore by Sara Taylor in 2015, and then saw it pop up on several best-of lists. I knew there was one list it really need to be on: my TBR. So, here we are.

Simon and Schuster Canada also sent me an ARC of Black Apple by Joan Crate. This is a coming of age story set in the Residential School system in Canada. This book does not promise to be an easy read, but I’m sure it will be a powerful one.

Random House Canada sent me a lovely finished hardback of Kelley Armstrong’s latest book, City of the Lost. You may know I’m a huge fan of her Cainsville series and was really excited to get into another adult mystery series by her! It did not disappoint! Check out my full review here. 

Finally, I found a paperback copy of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt at my library book sale for fifty cents. Pretty decent if you ask me!

You know what? While writing this post, two things occurred to me. 1) I may have also got The Tsar of Love and Techno and Fifteen Dogs in January as well. But it also could have been in the last week of December. I’m really not sure… And 2) Either way, I’m actually impressed with myself! I’ve already read more than half of these books!! Woohoo!

What books did you get in January? Are you on any sort of book-buying ban or doing any related challenges? Have you read any of the books I got this past month? What did you think? 

Hermes and Apollo Walk into a Bar… And Fifteen Dogs End up with Human Intelligence.

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

Literary Fiction, Can Lit
Paperback, 171 pages
Published April 14th, 2015 by Coach House books
 

 

” I wonder”, said Hermes, “what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.”

” I’ll wager a year’s servitude,” answered Apollo, “that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.”

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old ‘dog’ ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks.

André Alexis’s contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of huma

 

n consciousness. By turns meditative and devastating, charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.

I first heard of this book last year shortly after it was released. It was making the rounds on some of the blogs I follow that review literary fiction. Most, if not all, of the reviews I read were positive. Raves, even.
 
I was immediately intrigued, but, due to the premise, felt that this might not be my kind of book. Because of this, I put it out of my head for a while.
 
A bit later in the year, it was popping up all over the place. It was nominated for the Giller Prize (a prominent Canadian literary award), and then won. So, again, it was on my mind. Because of its Canadianness and its international acclaim (to some extent), I felt kind of obligated to read it. It’s pretty short though, so I thought, WHY NOT.
 
Belatedly, I decided to buy it, and finally got around to reading in January. Though it is a short book, it was not a quick read. 
 
This story is an apologue, or moral fable featuring animals. This was abundantly clear throughout the book. Here, Alexis ponders the human condition. He unpacks these ideas in a poignant tale with really solid characters (even though, yes, they are dogs). It’s an ambitious novel and well executed.

I can totally see why everyone seems to love this book. It has many things to recommend it. While I did enjoy reading Fifteen Dogs, and I’m glad that I did, I did kind of have to force myself at times to continue on. I think it’s just my personal preference. This book is blatantly a work of philosophy, the story a thinly veiled vessel through which to explore those ideas. I was never really one for philosophy. I guess you could say I like mine to be buried much deeper in the story. 
 
That being said, this book did make me stop and reflect on many of the ideas that Alexis explores. While I may not have enjoyed the reading of it as much as I would have liked, it was definitely a worthwhile read.
 
If the synopsis appeals to you and you enjoy philosophy, you’ll enjoy this. 

A Quiet YA Mystery Thriller That Messes With Your Head | Pretty Girl-13

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Young Adult Psychological Mystery Thriller
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 18, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books (originally published in 2013)
Goodreads|Amazon|Indigo

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods on a Girl Scout camping trip. Now she’s returned home . . . only to find that it’s three years later and she’s sixteen—or at least that’s what everyone tells her. What happened to the last three years of her life? With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her lost time. She eventually discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: what do you do when you remember things you wish you could forget?

This YA mystery is a quiet thriller that turns its focus inward. It’s a psychological story that explores the effects the terrible things that happened to Angie had on her mind.

When Angie returns home, the way her parents react confuses here. They’re crying and hugging her. Hasn’t she only been gone for the weekend?

When her parents tell her that she has been gone for three years, Angie cannot reconcile this with her memories. She is a 13-year-old girl just returning from a Girl Scout camping trip. Isn’t she?

I love this kind of mystery and having it on a YA stage made it so much fun! Well, not fun exactly. What happens is kind of horrible. Well, totally horrible. However, it was an incredibly gripping read.

Pretty Girl-13 is a character-driven story, focusing on Angie and what’s going on inside her head. She’s suffering from amnesia. She’s 16 but thinks she’s 13. She doesn’t recognize herself in the mirror. She knows she’s been gone, but she doesn’t remember what happened to her.

The story plays out in bits and pieces. We follow Angie along through the process of figuring out what happened to her. We are alongside her as each layer pulls back. Not only are the plot and main character interesting and unique, but because of those things, the narration is as well. I loved all the bits and pieces that seemed to come out of no where. Soon we learn where they are coming from, and then they make much more sense! And seem super cool!

Angie’s is a very interesting perspective, and not one that I have seen before. I’ve seem some reviews that tell you what makes it unique. However, I think being surprises by it is much better! I recommend going into this book not knowing too much about Angie!

This book was heading for a five-star rating from me, but I found one of the surprise twists too unlikely for me to suspend my disbelief. Not that the thing happened, but that it was such a surprise. I feel like people involved in the investigation would have guessed this, or saw signs of it. Furthermore, I didn’t really like the way that plot line resolved.

If you enjoy psychological mysteries or thrillers, you absolutely need to give this book a try! It’s so good! And so well researched. Kudos, Ms. Coley.

It’s Monday, February 1st. Whatcha Reading? | January Wrap-Up

In January I read a bunch of stuff! I’m pretty proud of myself because I managed to also have a pretty good social life this month. Well, at least for the second half. I’m also pretty happy because I read a bunch of different kinds of stuff. Adult, YA, paranormal, realistic, non-fiction, comic books. All sorts of different things!
Without further ado, let’s get into the books. I read 10 books and 8 comic trades in January!
Here are the 10 books that I read!

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
YA Mystery Thriller | Paperback | 352 pages | March 18th, 2014 | Katherine Tegen Books  
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ | Source: Purchase 
I really enjoyed this YA mystery. It’s a pretty different story that focuses on the psychological elements of the MC’s life. I think it’s best going into this one without knowing too much about it! Full review to come.
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Literary Fiction | Paperback | 171 pages | April 14th, 2015 | Coach House Books 
 My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ | Source: Purchase 
In 2015 this book made the rounds on book blogs that review literary fiction. That’s where I first heard of it. I wasn’t convinced it was for me at the time. Later in the year it won the Giller Prize, and I thought, heck, why not? I did enjoy it, but I found the philosophical elements really thinly veiled. So, I was right initially. Good book, but not really my cup of tea.

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Short Stories | Paperback | 352 pages | October 6th, 2015 | Random House Canada 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Purchase 
This book. *FLAILS* I loved this book so much. I’m not much of a short story reader, but this one didn’t feel like short stories at all. They are all so closely connected and intertwined that it felt like one story. It is absolutely beautiful and everyone ever should read it. Like, right now.

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
YA Paranormal | Hardcover | 416 pages | September 18th, 2012 | Scholastic 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Purchase 
I loved this book. I loved this book so much that I immediately bought the next two and devoured them in the same month. And that’s really saying something because I am terrible with series and it usually takes me years to get through even a trilogy. The writing is beautiful, the characters are amazing, the mythology is super interesting. Be warned though that plotwise, this book is on the slow side. It’s more of a slow burn as Stiefvater draws you into her world and slowly and elegantly reveals things layer by layer.


 
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
YA Fantasy Retelling | ARC | 352 pages | February 2nd, 2015 | Simon Pulse 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5) | Source: Publisher 
For my thoughts on this one, you can check out my full review. A fun and exciting Peter Pan retelling.

 
The City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Mystery Thriller | Hardcover | 391 pages | October 21st, 2014 | Scholastic 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★| Source: Publisher 
For my thoughts on this one, you can check out my full review. This is a super fun new book from Queen Armstrong. It’s surprisingly un-paranormal but unsurprisingly amazing. Amazing characters, crazy mystery, amazing setting. Definitely check it out.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Realistic YA Fiction| ARC | 391 pages | March 22nd, 2016 | Margaret K. McElderry Books 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Publisher 
This book tore my heart out. And I loved it.You need to go pre-order this book immediately, okay? And then also read Missoula. I’ll have a full review up soon!
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
Nonfiction | Hardcover | 367 pages | April 21st, 2015 | Doubleday 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ | Source: Library 
This book also tore my heart it. It made me want to bang my head against a wall and also tear my eyes out. What an amazing, infuriating, unwavering, thorough investigation of acquaintance rape and the rampant rape culture in America. It is told with the example of Missoula, Montana, but remember, Missoula is only one example.
The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
YA Paranormal | Hardcover | 439 pages | September 17th, 2013 | Scholastic 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Purchase 
It was really neat to dive into Ronan’s story in this book. I enjoyed getting to know more about him and his family history!
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
YA Paranormal | Hardcover | 391 pages | October 21st, 2014 | Scholastic 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Purchase  
I can’t even. I NEED THE RAVEN KING NOW!

Now for the comic trades.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (illustrator)
Paperback | 128 pages | September 1st, 2015 | Marvel 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Library 
This is a super fun start to the series! I can’t wait to get into the second volume. I love the main character and her craziness. Her super powers are hilarious and ridiculous, as are her adventures. Definitely recommend! 
Giant Days Vol. 1 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman (illustrator)
Paperback | 128 pages | December 1st, 2015 | BOOM! Box 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Purchase 
I really loved this! I cannot wait for the next volume. This series is about a group of girls in college and their friendship. I love stories about friendship! Highly, highly recommend!
Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (illustrator)
Paperback | 120 pages | December 1st, 2015 | Marvel 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Purchase 
Ms. Marvel is amazing. This volume is no exception! It’s fun, action packed, and full of friendship. Loving where this series is going. If you haven’t picked it up yet, what are you doing with your life…?
Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples (illustrator)
Mature Sci-fi | Paperback | 160 pages | October 23rd, 2012 | Image Comics 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ | Source: Purchase 
I bought this on an impulse and am both glad and not glad that I did so. I do really enjoy the story, but I would have been fine borrowing it from the library. However, because I had to know what happened next, I went out and bought all the rest…. Anyway, so yes, the story and the characters are great and compelling. There is a lot of mature content though, so this series isn’t really suitable for those under 18.
Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples (illustrator)
Mature Sci-fi | Paperback | 168 pages | July 2nd, 2013 | Image Comics 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ | Source: Purchase 
Like with the first volume, I loved the story lines and the characters. I didn’t, however, love the gratuitous and graphic nudity and sexuality. I get it when there is some in adult material, but the sheer amount in these comics is overkill. I personally felt like a lot of it was just for shock value rather than to further the story or character growth. Anyway, like they say, this story is kind of like Romeo and Juliet in space. How awesome is that concept? Super awesome. If you don’t mind all sorts of alien genitals in your face, then you’ll probably like this!
Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples (illustrator)
Mature Sci-fi | Paperback | 144 pages | March 25th, 2014 | Image Comics 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ | Source: Purchase 
Refer to thoughts on vol 2! 
Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples (illustrator)
Mature Sci-fi | Paperback | 152 pages | December 17th, 2014 | Image Comics
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ | Source: Purchase 
Refer to thoughts on vol 2!
Bitch Planet Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro (Illustrator)
Feminist Dystopian Satire | Paperback | 156 pages | October 7th, 2015 | Image Comics 
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★★ | Source: Purchase 
This was a re-read for me! I originally read an e-copy from Netgalley. I decided to buy a physical copy because I want to collect the trades, I think. This is a great series. It is a bit mature in terms of themes and content so I would say definitely for those 14+. The world building and the character development are stellar. If you’re interested in this one but haven’t picked it up yet, definitely do it.
  • Comic trades read: 8
  • Books (non-comic) read: 10
  • Total fiction books (non-comic): 9
  • Total short stories (non-comic): 1
  • Total adult fiction (non-comic): 3
  • Total YA fiction (non-comic): 6
  • Total nonfiction (non-comic): 1
  • Total owned (purchased) books & comics: 13
  • Total library books and comics: 2
  • Total books from publishers read: 3

Total books and comics read: 18
Total pages read: 4860
As you can tell, I really enjoyed the books that I read this month. However, I do have some favourites! Out of the books I read, I think my favourite is The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra, very closely followed by all of the Raven Cycle books I read! My favourite comic trade I read is Giant Days! So so good.
SO,
What am I reading now? Right now I am listening to the audiobook of Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I just finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue and I’m not sure what I’m going to pick up next. Who knows! What else will I read in February? I have no idea. How about you? What did you read in January? What will you be picking up this week?