My January reading consisted of a lot of rereading. This is fairly common for me at this time of the year. January isn’t exactly a fun month and we were in Lockdown Number Three and my dad had his scheduled operations this month so much comfort was needed.
I’ve read 12 books and two graphic novels this month (well, 11 books as I’m currently halfway through book number 12) and five books were rereads.
Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – 5 ⭐
Gorgeous artwork and mesmerising story. I’ve had this for ages and the start of January was the perfect time to start.
Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – 5 ⭐
This one had twists and turns and there were even some tears. Found it really hard not to jump straight into Vol. 3 but I don’t want to burn through these.
Dances and Dreams on Diamond Street by Craig Revel Horwood – 4.5 ⭐
Strictly Come Dancing helped me get through the end of last year. I used to watch the show way back but this was the first time in years I watched. Craig was always famous for being a huge grump but this year, given the circumstances, he was an utter delight, so I bought all his books! 😀 Decided to give the fiction a go first and this did not disappoint. A lovely read and caused lots of joy and a few tears.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert – 5 ⭐
First reread of the year. I adore Chloe and Red is just swoon worthy. I love how Talia Hibbert writes and one of my favourite things about her writing is how her characters are super human and relatable and how she writes consent.
A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert – 4 ⭐
Second reread. This was the first Talia Hibbert I ever read and it was lovely to revisit. Hopefully I’ll read the novella and book two and three soon. Ruth is so prickly. I seem to relate more to prickly characters. That probably says a lot about me! 😀 Evan is ridiculously sweet and lovely.
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden – 5 ⭐
Oh my goodness!! Perfect winter reading I love stories within stories!! This book was the perfect introduction to medieval Russia. Vasya is a badass.
The Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden – 5 ⭐
So we make our way to Moscow in this installment and there we have the intrigue and political chess that one would expect to see. I’m obsessed with the whole history and fairytales in these books.
Oz (Finding Home #1) by Lily Morton – 4 ⭐
Reread number three. Needed a little break from Russia and decided Cornwall was as good a place as any to revisit. Oz is Irish so I kind of have to love him. It’s okay, he makes it easy. He doesn’t make the best decisions but he comes good in the end. Feel good and SPICY!
Milo (Finding Home #2) by Lily Morton – 3.5 ⭐
Forth reread. Not my favourite of the three books in this trilogy but still nice to revisit. I love how we see Milo come into his own though. Just wish there wasn’t some of that unnecessary drama that popped up near the end.
Gideon (Finding Home #3) by Lily Morton – 4 ⭐
Reread number five and Gideon was the unnecessary drama in Milo. Gideon is a total douche in book two but he absolutely redeems himself in this and this book had extra, extra spice!
Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan – 5 ⭐
I was saving this one and the week of the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris inauguration was the PERFECT time. Kimba was a favourite character of mine in the All the King’s Men Duet. She did not disappoint in this book. We also get dual POV and a second chance trope. Both of those things are my kryptonite. Oh and it was SMOKIN’ HAWT!!
Queen Move Bonus Epilogue by Kennedy Ryan – 4.5 ⭐
I love everything about second epilogues and this one didn’t disappoint. Well, it wasn’t long enough so it disappointed a little bit.
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden – 5 ⭐
HOLY MOLY!! What a way to end this trilogy. I’m still shook. I’m going to dedicate a full post to these books in the future but just to say these books are incredibly written and so rich in history and folklore. Vasya ‘s character development over the three books is one of the best I’ve ever read. It was a joy to read!
And I’m currently reading: Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett. I’m a little over halfway and I know it’s going to be a 5 ⭐ read. Definitely one to read if you like memoir’s but also one to read if you have any interest in cults and the aftermath of being in one. I’ve also been listening to The Airborne Toxic Event, specifically the album Hollywood Park, since I started reading and it is adding to the fabulousness of this. Can’t listen to Come On Out without tearing up to be honest.
So, we have almost made it through January! Still another month of lockdown ahead of us here in Ireland so hopefully the books I read in February will help me get through it like the books in January did.