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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 06:18
January ´20 - What I´ve read

One of my main goals for the new year is to diversify my reading and I´m happy to report that I managed to do that in the month of January:

 

 

Two fantasy books, one romance and one historical fiction read, genres I´m not reading too much off. I´m pretty happy with that.

 

I´ve read 10 books this month (one was a reread) and I DNF´d 4 books. My average star rating has been 3.15 stars:

 

 

The best books of the month (4 stars):

 

The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie  Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer  Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot, #23) - Agatha Christie  The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett  Frederica - Georgette Heyer  

 

Would I be forced to pick a favorite out of these 4 books, it would be this one:

 

Frederica - Georgette Heyer 

 

An absolutely wonderful and heartwarming read. I already ordered quite a few other books by Georgette Heyer, because, in my mind, they are the most delightful form of escapism and I want to have a couple of those on my shelves.

 

The worst book of the month (1 star):

 

Alice - Christina Henry 

 

A dark fantasy / horror novel, in which elements of Alice in Wonderland are included in a most disguting and disturbing story. I couldn´t see a deeper meaning in the plot of this book, for me it was just one big pile of gore and garbage. I really didn´t enjoy this book. 

  

The four remaining books I have read this month are:

 

        3.5 stars                   3 stars                     2.5 stars                

The Other Side of Midnight - Simone St. James Vain Shadow - Jane Hervey  Grey Mask - Patricia Wentworth 

 

          1.5 stars

 The Trembling Hills - Phyllis A. Whitney  

 

Not too bad for January, even though my star rating didn´t exceed four stars. But those five books were very, very strong four star reads.

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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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text 2020-02-01 20:41
January 2020 wrap-up
Water - P.J. Blakey-Novis
Leaders of the Pack - Graeme Reynolds,Graeme Reynolds
Night's Gift - Camilla Ochlan,Carol E. Leever
The Healing Powers of Essential Oils: A Complete Guide to Nature's Most Magical Medicine - Cal Orey

Surprisingly, considering how much reading time I haven't had, I finished four books. Two anthologies, a Fantasy and a non-fiction.

 

The anthologies were the gems this time around. I also read some samples and managed to reject most of them.

 

I seem to have a lot of Fantasy and non-fiction lined up for my next reads.

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