What I Got Up to in January

Ah, January. An interesting month indeed. The month that brings about hope of change and new beginnings. For me, the first half of the month was spent in bed attempting to recover from mono. Who did I ring in the new year with? The cast of RENT. Singing along to my favourite tunes and declaring “No day but today.”

Thankfully I’m back at work now. I mean, sort of thankfully. I definitely was enjoying laying in bed reading all the time! Even though I also felt like crap… Whatever. BOOKS! 

Because I’ve been sick and very tired all the time, I’ve been mostly at home reading when I’m not working. The result? I’m several books ahead on my Goodreads challenge! The other result? I’ve done almost absolutely nothing else of note in January. I mean, I participated in the Bout of Books readathon and went to the Women’s March in my city. So that’s two things!! Anyway… Let’s get to the books!

The Books

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Hardcover, 320 pages
February 6th 2018 by Algonquin Books
Goodreads | Amazon | Indigo

Gods, this book is good. Heartbreaking, beautiful, you know. That sort of thing. It’s the story of a couple torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. Check out my review for my thoughts!

Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges #2) by Stephen King

Hardcover, 431 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Scribner
This book surprised me. I didn’t really expect to like it, because I didn’t love the first book, Mr. Mercedes. But I read it anyway and liked it! You can read my full review here.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Beautiful. Just beautiful. I think I liked milk and honey a bit more, but I still loved this one to the moon and back. I also did a post for Book Riot highlighting some of my favourite quotes!

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Hardcover, 370 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
This is only the second book I’ve read by Holly Black,  and I adored both of them. Clearly I need to read more of her books. This one has been seriously making the rounds on the bookternet and let me tell you, the hype is not for nothing. It’s a dark faerie adventure and I loved every minute of it.

Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Mass Market Paperback, 2010 Dell Mass Market Edition, 347 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Dell (first published October 31st 2006)
I have a full review of this one coming up so keep an eye out! I have to say, I read through it quick enough but had a lot of problems with it. Not sure if I’m going to continue with the series. Should I?

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
I have a review of this one coming up soon, too! Though this one has some mixed reviews, the writing and world building is wonderful and I loved it. It is tons and tons of fun, if a bit short. If you go in knowing it’s a standalone that’s not totally going to flesh things out, it’s a bit more enjoyable. I wish it was a series though! There was definitely enough material and Rogerson is a wonderful writer!

Wintersong (#1) by S. Jae-Jones

Hardcover, 436 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
This book is so beautiful with such vivid descriptions and folklore! I really enjoyed it. However, because it’s got some weird pacing that made it feel more like two separate books than one, I can’t in good conscience say I totally loved it.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press
A fun YA mystery, I’m glad I got around to finally reading this one! I read and enjoyed Thomas’ book The Darkest Corners and this is a solid sophomore work. I flew through it trying to figure out what happened to Bailey. I’ll definitely be checking out Thomas’ next book.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Gallery/Scout Press (first published July 30th 2015)
This book has got a lot of things that I’m a huge fan of: female friendships, secret pasts, and, well, just plain secrets. I’ve read both of Ware’s other books. I can’t believe it took me this long to get to her first! It was pretty good! I also really liked The Lying Game and you can check out my review of that here!

The Final Girls by Riley Sagar

Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Dutton
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This was quite the thrill ride that kept me guessing the whole time! There were tons of twists and turns and I never saw them coming (and it wasn’t because they were ridiculous and stupid, which it a problem I have with some thrillers). However, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the ending. But this was definitely a solid four star read!

The Writing

On Fuelled by Fiction:

Sadly, author Ursula Le Guin passed away this month. If you are interested in checking out her work (you should!) I’ve reviewed a couple for them!

On Book Riot

The Life Things

I participated in Bout of Books 21 and read four books!

I went to my local Women’s March. There wasn’t any actual marching, but it was amazing and then I went home and slept forever #monobody.

What did you get up to in January?

Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.