Hi everyone! January was a good reading month for me. In between starting my new university semester and getting work done on my dissertation I managed to read 7 books. Looking over those seven books I actually had a very varied reading month. I tackled translated fiction, non-fiction, a couple of re-reads and a fantasy that I had been wanting to read for ages.
The first book I finished this year was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. After watching the film in a marathon over the Christmas period I found myself wanting to re-read the second book in the series. As always it was a quick and fun read. The nostalgia aspect certainly hasn’t left the book. It’s not my favourite book of the series and on The Story Graph I gave it 4 stars.
Next, I read The Memory Police. My boyfriend had gifted me this wonderful book for Christmas. It is a work of translated fiction and it was incredible. The plot was harrowing. People had often referred to the likes of 1984 or Brave New World but I thought that The Memory Police went a couple of steps further. It truly is a masterpiece of dystopian fiction. I gave it 5 stars on The Story Graph.
I then tackled Serpent and Dove. I realised that in 2020 I really neglected my fantasy reading roots. This YA novel about witches had me hooked from the first page. There were some tropes that made me roll my eyes slightly, some language aspects which I found to be slightly annoying but overall this was a fun read and a definite palette cleanser after such a hard hitting read. Overall I gave Serpent and Dove 3.5 stars on The Story Graph.
My second re-read was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Following on from The Chamber of Secrets my appetite for the boy wizard wasn’t satisfied so I read my favourite book of the series. Not much I can say about this book except I adore it. I gave it 4.75 stars on The Story Graph.
I watched Bridgerton on Netflix with my boyfriend in one sitting. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise to men when I finished The Duke and I in one sitting as well. A problematic Regency romp however, with some scenes that left me uncomfortable. I ended up giving the book 3.25 stars on The Story Graph.
I returned to university and had a late Christmas gift exchange with one of my house mates. She gifted me Women Don’t Owe You Pretty and I devoured it in one sitting. I am not a big fan of non-fiction however I recommend this book to anyone who wants have a read of modern, easy-to-read, feminist literature. I gave this book 4.75 stars on The Story Graph.
Finally I completed a novel for my Neo-Victorian module at university. The set text was The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It was a hard read, it took me a while to get into the plot but I seem to feel this way about 90% of my university reading. I ended up giving this book 3.75 stars on The Story Graph.
So this is my reading wrap-up for January 2021! I’m so happy that I enjoyed the books that I read this month. I’m trying to get my overall star rating to be at least average around 4 stars this year. In 2021 we don’t have time to read books that we don’t enjoy. What did you guys read in January? Did you have any 5 star reads that you would recommend? I hope everyone had a great start to the year and is looking forward to reading in February.