Please ignore the fact that I’ve accidentally put The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali into this photo, when it was in fact part of my January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part Two. I apparently cannot keep track of my reading properly! I read five physical books this month and one e-book, which is fairly good going to say I was working extra and felt like reading less.
Vanity Fair had been my classic project for a number of months, as, although it wasn’t difficult to read, it was long and repetitive, leading me to feel reluctant about picking it up and actually reading. However, finally, in February I finished it, and am extremely glad about the fact I persevered with it. I gave it three stars, ultimately because I felt it overstayed its welcome. The second half of the novel was essentially just the first half, following the same formula, with the same characters simply existing, and whilst I understand this was the point of the story, it just wasn’t always for me.
There was only one five star read for me this month, which was Before the Coffee Gets Cold. This book was poignant and emotional, whilst simultaneously being rich in detail and character development. It will likely be a strong contender for my favourite books of the year list, and I thoroughly recommend it, especially if you’re as keen on Japanese literature as I am.
Another book rooted in the unexplained that I read this month was Pine, which follows Lauren and her father Niall living in the Scottish highlands after her mother’s disappearance and all of the strange occurrences that surround it. This book wasn’t initially impressing me, but around the halfway mark I began to feel compelled by it and thought the ending was fantastic, certainly a good choice if you are looking for something rural and dark.
As part of my Reading the Women’s Prize Past to Present project, I read The Passion of Alice, but was unfortunately extremely underwhelmed. I will be posting a full review of it once the 2020 Women’s Prize has concluded.
The final physical book I read was a contemporary romance, which I read in an attempt to broaden my horizons in terms of genre. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never read anything from this particular genre before, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Flatshare highlighted both the effects of emotional abuse on an individual, and also the importance of consent, both of which are extremely relevant and important topics. I would thoroughly recommend this one, and I’m excited to read her new novel when it releases later this year.
Finally, I was sent an e-book copy of A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden in exchange for an honest review, which you can find here. The book begins a five book fantasy series about a totalitarian kingdom in which we follow two protagonists, Kitty and Nate who are on the run following an accident involving a potentially deadly concoction left behind from the kingdom’s shocking experiments. I recommend this one, and think Crunden is an author to watch for the future!
I know this wrap up is half a month late, but with extra work and anxiety surrounding the virus, I have been a little bit slack with my blog. However, I have some exciting announcements coming up in the next few weeks, so hopefully that will alleviate some anxiety. If anyone would like to talk about anything, book related or otherwise, please leave a comment, or find me on Instagram, we all need to stick together now more than ever.