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January Wrap Up

I haven't read this much since January of last year...for obvious reasons. Namely, University. Considering I'm on a Literature degree I don't have all the much time for reading. Outside of the course that is. Once my exams finished and I had a few weeks reprieve before starting the new semester I threw myself into reading. It helped I had a few train journeys to do too. For the most part, I enjoyed what I'd read and found some new favourites.

Swastika Night by Katherine Burdekin

Swastika Night was one of the very few books on my course last year that I actually enjoyed. I was gripped by the story, partially for its topic matter. A very Atwood esque premise set in Nazi-occupied territory, but nearly seven hundred years into the future. It was intriguing, to say the least, and the characters were incredibly compelling. They had been raised in society to believe women were less than animals and treated them as such. However, the books ending provided hope, a possibility of change.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

**I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review and as part of the blog tour.**

I'm so so so happy I read this book. I liked the premise when I check out the synopsis but didn't anticipate that I'd love it. I curled up one night after an exam and decided to treat myself to a few hours reading. I lost the entire night to reading The Twisted Tree* and finished it. I couldn't get enough. I adored the use of Norse Myth and and the Scandinavian setting. I can't liken it to anything as I can't recall every having read anything similar.

Rating: 4.5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

A Vindication on the Rights on Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

I'm a big fan of Mary Shelley, but I don't think Mary Wollstonecraft and I are going to get on. I read Vindication and my first thought it I like the majority of what you're saying...but there's only so many ways you can reorder a sentence to make it slightly different. The entire manifesto could've been condensed into maybe forty pages. Not nearly two hundred.

Rating: 2/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

1. 1984 by George Orwell

I'm still shocked by how much I enjoyed 1984. I thought it was going to take weeks for me to finish but I read it in around three days! I was completely captivated by the story and desperate to see how it ended. There were certain aspects that even now remain prevalent in our society. Before I knew it I was seventy pages into the book and craving more. Winston and Julia's story, their relationship. It's a story I don't think I'll be forgetting any time soon.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

If I should Die by Amy Plum

I read this for part of the Biannual Bibilothon, for the challenge to read a book that got you into reading. I thought I'd chosen a series I hadn't yet finished that got me into reading. Turns out I'd already read this book but I still loved the experience reading it again. It's like the book version of a hot chocolate so sweet and comforting. Despite the chaos and bloodshed!

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway

**I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review**
This was such a cute little story. I loved the illustrations and how each animal had a purpose in the Hotel. I reckon this is going to be the start of a brilliant series for young readers. The colour palette chosen was lovely too. I'm excited to see what happens with this series.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

4. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Another book I read for the Biannual Bibliothon, this time it was the group book. My god I adored this book. It was incredible from start to finish with incredible characters and even better lore! Mari is now one of my favourite characters, she had so much growth and went from strength to strength. It's a story about acceptance, family and power. I imagine this will be on my favourites of the year.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Another one for the Biannual Bibliothon. This time a genre you're not a fan of in a format you love. My Friend Dahmer was exactly what I thought it was going to be, creepy and honest. It depicts Jeffrey Dahmer's apparent descent into a serial killer during his teen years from the perspective of a man that knew him at the time. It opens your eyes and similar to Gordon Burn's Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son it humanises a serial killer. Takes away the otherness.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

A book I didn't know I needed until I read it. I've been a follower of Matt Haig's for a while and after hearing about how brilliant this was from friends and people online I decided to give it a go. It was incredible, raw and so very honest. I plan on reading everything Matt has ever and will ever produce.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Case Study of Vanitas V2

This series is quickly becoming one of my favourites. It's surprisingly glamorous considering its about bloodthirsty vampires going haywire. The characters are all so intriguing and frankly the most extra bunch of people I've ever read about. The artwork for this series is stunning too, it really suits the tone of the story.

Rating: 4/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Pretty Deadly V1

I was so excited about this series and honestly, it left me feeling a little disappointed. The art was incredible but the story felt very disjointed. There were aspects that I adored but for the most part, it just confused me.

Rating: 3.5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Those are the books I read in January!

What have you been reading lately?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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