The first month of 2022 is pretty much over. Since I had holidays and am currently home-bound due to knees injuries, I have been able to read plenty books, which is pretty rare! I’m proud to say I managed to fit in 9 books in January. Let’s have a look at what I read!
36 Streets | T.R Napper | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a pretty good fast-paced cyberpunk-y mystery involving gangs and tech. I wasn’t too sure about the cover, but I ended up really enjoying the story, even if it was a bit TOO fast paced for me from time to time.
Uprooted | Naomi Novik | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It was on my TBR for a while, and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it! I completely fell in love with the characters, and the ending was really cool! It reminded me of The North Wind in many aspects (except Uprooted was written first!)
Stars and Bones | Gareth Powell | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved the concept of having humanity being forced to leave Earth after almost wrecking it. But after a while, an exploration ship goes MIA, and a mysterious disease seems to spread through the fleet of ships carrying what’s left of humans. Really good, if only a bit weird from time to time.
The Ravenous Dead | Darcy Coates | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I already knew I love Darcy Coates, so this is no big surprise that I enjoyed The Ravenous Dead. It was a quick read, involving a girl who can see and help ghosts. I was only a bit confused at times because it’s book 2 in a series, and although it’s not absolutely necessary to have read the first to understand the story here, it definitely helps a lot.
A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice | Rebecca Connolly | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I love all things Titanic related, and I was super happy to stumble upon this. It tells the story of the Titanic, but from the Carpathia’s captain POV (mostly). It was really nice to read, and I read it in only two sittings! Definitely a good recommendation for historical fiction lovers. The only downside was the book being too self-congratulatory (??) or trying to be too philosophical from time to time.
The Queen’s Gambit | Walter Tevis | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I watched the show on Netflix when it was released, and I absolutely loved it. So of course, I needed to read the book as well. I was glad to see it was actually really well adapted! The TV show really followed the story properly, and included details that are sometimes overlooked in adaptations. I was completely immersed within the pages, with the only little issue for me being I don’t know the first thing about chess, and the book has a lot of technicalities in it. Must be incredible to read for chess players who can actually understand the moves, etc!
Again, a book that I finished almost in one sitting because it was so good! We have Jess, small town teen from the 90’s who lived her life peacefully until now. Strange things start to happen in her town, and she has to put her whole life into a new perspective. It was very Truman Show like, and it’s a great start to a duology!
We were Kings | Court stevens | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I got intrigued by this YA mystery in which a teen has a month to solve a 20 year old mystery. I usually don’t like this type of books, but this one seemed special enough. I was not let down, and I could not stop reading! It kept me guessing until the end, even if I thought the ending was wrapped up a little bit too quickly for my liking. Still really good though!
These Violent Delights | Chloe Gong | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
First of all, I’m so in love with the cover. Second of all, wow this is so good! I read many reviews saying this was one of the best books they have read, and I’m close to coming to the same conclusion. This Romeo and Juliette like story is everything I want in a book : strong characters, a perfect world building, and a gripping plot. The immersion is fantastic, and I loved losing myself in 1920’s Shanghai with Juliette and Roma.
Phew, that’s it for this month! I’m really happy I got to read so much, and hope to do a similar score next month.
What was your favorite read in January?
Thanks for reading me,
See you soon,