January Wrap Up

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It’s been a scarily productive month in terms of reading, even for me! Blame it on getting the mumps, having nothing socially fun to do, the Bout of Books Readathon, or being broke after Christmas; whatever the reason, I read a LOT of books.

Hopefully I can continue this trend in the next month (not the bit about being broke though!).

Books Read:

Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
Holly Smale – Geek Girl: Model Misfit
Vladimir Nabokov – Mary
Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Susan EE – World After
Bram Stoker – Dracula
Peter Ransley – Plague Child
Cormac McCarthy – The Road

Currently Reading:

Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451

Total Pages Read: 3331

Total pages read this year: 3331

Quick Overviews:

Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is definitely something you should read at least once in your life. I’m not sure how well it will do as a book club read but it is definitely something I would recommend.

Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall

This was really, very good. To be fair; history has done a lot of work for her – the key events, characters plots and intrigue are heavily based in fact. But Mantel manages to breathe life and substance into the Tudor’s like no other historical author.

Holly Smale – Geek Girl: Model Misfit

Holly Smale pulls off this sequel with ease; it’s charming, humorous, and has a whole bunch of new facts to learn from.

Vladimir Nabokov – Mary

Mary is surprising and thought provoking and we all know I love endings that make me stand back, sigh and think about it for the next few days.

Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This is an extraordinary story and one that I would recommend to absolutely everyone. It is more than a book about scientific discovery, ethics, and history. It is a story of a woman whose pain and ultimate death resulted in the scientific breakthroughs that have saved thousands of lives.

Susan EE – World’s End

You HAVE to read it. These books are ridiculously fast-paced and addictive; I literally could not put mine down.

Bram Stoker – Dracula

All in all, I’d love this book if you cut Van Helsing’s narrative by half and were nicer about the women. As I’m not actually allowed to change a classic, I’ll stick to saying it’s a very good read.

Peter Ransley – Plague Child

Plague Child is not something that I would recommend, I think there are historical novels with similar plots that do it better. Only two stars for this one.

Cormac McCarthy – The Road

This is a brilliant but very depressing book; I simply could not put it down. If you decide to read this book, you will not sleep until you’ve finished.

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