January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

January is already over and in January I read 9 books. A lot of them were children’s books so I’m going to start with that first. Also, I am no longer rating books on Goodreads or here. But I will be “rating” books by how engaging I found them. This is because everyone is entitled to their own opinions and books are very subjective. You might hate a book and I might love it. With that said, here goes…

The first book I read in the new year was Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, for the first time. I thought it is a well written and imaginative story. It was fun to read about Pippi and how she lives all by herself, even though it’s sad not having parents. She doesn’t seem that affected by it. She is a very unique girl in a very ordinary world.

Next, I read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. This one too, I thought was well written but felt slow paced for me. There was a lot of description and parts where the author is “teaching” stuff. This could be because it is a children’s/middle grade book but the language and writing style was beautiful. It was also sad but I’m glad I read it.

I also read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, which were all enjoyable reads and would recommend.

I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs as well. It was sort of hard to get into. The first time I DNF-ed it but decided to give it a second change. The beginning was very slow paced and finally, half way through the book the plot starts rolling. I have very mixed feelings about this book. It was plot heavy and we didn’t get too much detail about the characters, even Jacob, the main character. It’s definitely different and the writing is a little quirky but too slow paced. I’m not sure 100% if I will continue to read the rest of the series.

Another book I read this month was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It was an engaging book and interesting because I’ve always wondered how women dealt with their periods in historical times. The first quarter of the book was fast paced and read like a biblical chick-lit romance book. The rest is about Dinah’s life. I thought it was written well and a generally enjoyable book.

Lastly, I read Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This one was by far the most engaging book and after finishing, I still thought about it, especially the characters. It is a well rounded book with an interesting plot and characters I got to know and love and root for. I definitely was more interested in the characters than the plot. My favorite character is Kaz Brekker and not only because he sounds hot but also because I felt that he is a little boy inside and he tries very hard and very successfully to push that little boy down and be this hard ass, someone who doesn’t give a fuck and doesn’t let anyone fuck with him. I like Kaz and Inej as a couple. Even though Inej has gone through a lot of shitty things, I don’t feel that connected to her. All I know is that this book made me cry for Kaz and it’s really hard for a book to make me cry…

I’ll leave you with a quote from Crooked Kingdom: “This action will have no echo.”

What were your favorite or least favorite reads/books in January? Let me know in the comments section! Till next time…

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