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review 2020-06-07 15:41
"January River", by Bernard Jan
January River - Bernard Cornwell

“January River is a heartwarming story you should not pass. A simple tale of a boy growing up in the picturesque little town of Greenfield till many years later he is invited to come to New York.

If you think this story may be boring…....think again. The beautiful landscape of words and emotions will grab you and won’t let you put the book down till you reach the conclusion. The words flow smoothly through the page and highlight how passionate the author’s is about his subject. The narrative is descriptive and endearing and focusses on the life‘s up and down, a life study of sorts. We travel with Ethan on his journey from child to adult through a series of joys and sadness. The loss of a close friend and of his beloved dog will leave you heartbroken. This is an emotional roller-coaster ride of emotions. No doubt, “January River” is an exceptionally well-written book in tone and content, much care is taken to sentences as much as it is for the plot. The characters populating the story are darlings, especially Ethan.

“All rivers carry their secrets, but not every river keeps its secret forever.”

What a compelling story told by a true master. Thank you Mr. Jan for this wonderful story I thoroughly enjoyed .

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review 2020-04-11 11:43
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
The Ten Thousand Doors of January - Alix E. Harrow

Things that attracted me to this book:  the title (I first saw it in January, around my birthday); the cover; and the blurb mentioning a book.  I picked it up because the only books appealing to me right now are fluffy, preferably magical realism plots.


This book was both and neither.  I have no idea how to describe it.  A grown-up fairy tale sounds too trite and too superficial, though its roots are firmly in myth and legend.  The writing is lyrical, the tense is fourth-wall-breaking second person.  It's a happy story, a heart-wrenching one, and a magical one all at once. It's both predictable and surprising; cynical and fantastically idealistic.  It genuinely shocked the hell out of me because it wasn't at all what I expected.  


As the ward of the wealthy Mr Locke, January Scaller feels little different from the artefacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored and utterly out of place.


But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals more impossible truths about the world...


It's both a perfect and perfectly inadequate description.  The closest I can come is a story with very faint shades of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, only for grown-ups.


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review 2020-02-04 10:22
The Ten Thousand Doors Of January
The Ten Thousand Doors of January - Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January has a title that immediately made me want to read it. However, this always unnerves me a little bit, because I'm afraid I will be disappointed by a book that I'm looking forward to reading so much. I got it in an end of year sale, and planned to read it in January, as the title suggested, but in the end ended up finishing it just in February.

Luckily I didn't need to worry, because once I started reading I knew it was going to be a good one. Immediately I was drawn to January and her Doors (and other capitalized words). I don't want to say too much about the story, for fear of taking some of the magic away. But I will admit I recommended this book already to people, while I was only half-way the book, even to those who normally steer clear from Fantasy.

What I didn't know at that point though, was that it would touch me as much as it did. Definitely recommended and three euros very well spend.

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text 2020-02-02 02:32
January Books

I read 34 books in January with an average score of 3.68. 6 were graphic novels and 17 were YA. My most-read genres were fantasy, mystery, and romance.


My favorite book was Only Ashes Remain - Rebecca Schaeffer. I can't wait for the sequel to come out later this year. My least favorite book was Frankissstein: A Love Story - Jeanette Winterson. I wrote about how much I disliked it here.


From my 2020 Reading Plans list, I had 38 books that I wanted to try to read this year. I hit 3 of those this month, so I'm 3/38 so far. Not a bad start.


5 Stars

Only Ashes Remain - Rebecca Schaeffer Catch and Kill - Ronan Farrow  


4.5 Stars

Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 - Yuhki Kamatani  Evvie Drake Starts Over - Linda Holmes  Runaways, Vol. 4: But You Can't Hide - Niko Henrichon,Rainbow Rowell,Andres Genolet  


4 Stars

Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty  Diana, Princess of the Amazons - Dean Hale,Victoria Ying,Shannon Hale  The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern  Little & Lion - Brandy Colbert  Damsel - Elana K. Arnold  Our Wayward Fate - Gloria Chao  

Heretics Anonymous - Katie Henry  The Lost and the Found - Cat Clarke  Dare Me - Megan Abbott  Pet - Akwaeke Emezi  Don't Date Rosa Santos - Nina Moreno  


3.5 Stars

Shallow Graves - Kali Wallace Zenobia July - Lisa Bunker The Babysitters Coven - Kate Williams  A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) - Alyssa Cole  Now Entering Addamsville - Francesca Zappia  They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera  

Akame ga KILL!, Vol. 1 - Takahiro Arai  Dear Justice League - Michael Northrop,Gustavo Duarte  Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens - Tanya Boteju  Young Jane Young - Gabrielle Zevin  The Girlfriend - Michelle Francis  


3 Stars

Reality Boy - A.S. King  The Secrets You Keep - Kate White  Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now - Dana L. Davis  Trouble is a Friend of Mine - Stephanie Tromly  Midnight Stranger, Vol. 1 - Bohra Naono  


2 Stars

Frankissstein: A Love Story - Jeanette Winterson All of This Is True - Lygia Day Peñaflor 




Books by author gender:

  • Male: 3
  • Female: 28
  • Agender: 1
  • Non-binary: 1
  • Male/Female Mix: 1


Books by format:

  • Physical: 8
  • Audio: 26



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