January 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

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January has been an excellent reading month quantity-wise, but quality-wise…not so much, despite only a single DNF. February is also my last month of freedom before Hell Semester starts and I plan to enjoy it as much as I can!

  • The Royal Art of Poison by Eleanor Herman: I started this year with a nonfiction book. It’s gross but fascinating, covering everything from poison, cures, environment risks, poor hygiene (they. shat. everywhere.), disease, to about 20 stories of people who were allegedly poisoned and a modern look at what really happened. Recommended to every writer and anyone who’s read City of Lies and is curious about how it worked IRL.
  • The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells: In retrospect, should have probably been a DNF. Not badly written, just one of the most boring books I ever read.
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James: Still can’t quite believe I got it. Did not live up to the hype for me. Uneven pacing, profoundly unlikable MC, darker than I expected. Still, fans of grimdark might find something to like and the worldbuilding is fantastic.
  • The Grass People by Kay Parley (DNF 61%): Buddy read with Keikii (who has, unlike me, managed to finish it). Much (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ was had. Excellent worldbuilding, but the extremely traditionalist attitudes of most characters annoyed me to no end, especially once it became clear that the plot sided with them. Thought “what’s the point of torturing myself with a book that pisses me off” and quit.
  • The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold: Reread because I needed a good book after three disappointments in a row. Still as good as ever. Caz is the best ❤
  • The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe: Fun, quick to read UF with really good worldbuilding. I don’t usually like UF, but blazed through this. The fast, easy read I needed.
  • The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft: Prose and characters remain as good as ever, and the ending is excellent, but I was not a fan of the structure.
  • Currently just about to finish Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (ARC). Very enjoyable and definitely works better as one book.

Books read this year: 5 (+ a reread)

r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge progress: 44/50 (88%)

8 thoughts on “January 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up”

  1. I am ordering The Hum and The Shiver this month and I’m excited for it….and totally adding the Royal Art of Poison to my list as well lol. Sorry January had so many misses for you and I hope February kicks some literary a**

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    1. If I don’t count Curse of Chalion which is an old favourite, then The Royal Art of Poison, definitely. So interesting (if gross at points, haha). Includes quite a bit of courtly relationship drama in the “stories of poisoned people” section, which was very fun.

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