January has been the month that I got back into blogging and the month of completely random reading for me. Let’s start from the beginning. Back to blogging. For one of my publishing classes this semester, Publication of The Self in Everyday Life, one of our assignments throughout the semester is to write a blog. A blog about anything, as long as we have a component for the publishing class (see my page above called Publishing 101). For me, this was the perfect way for me to jump back into actively blogging about books, not just randomly posting a review every few months. It was also the perfect excuse to move from Blogger to WordPress, as that’s the platform we had to use. So far, i’m definitely still getting my toes wet because I forgot how time consuming blogging can be, and also, i’m not reading nearly as much as normal because of school.
I’m currently taking 1 Publishing class (as mentioned) and 3 English classes; Agency and Philosophy in Noir, The 18th Century British Novel and a World Literature class. I’ve read some really interesting books for each this month!
SO! To start my wrap up…
Books Read In January
My first book of the year, The Tea Rose, is technically the last book I read in 2014 too. it was absolutely incredible and completely captivated me. I am currently reading the sequel, The Winter Rose. If you are interested in Historical Fiction, gorgeous writing and spectacular characters, I strongly recommend this series by Jennifer Donnelly!
Saga vol. 4 was the perfect and most heartbreaking addition to this awesome graphic novel series by Brian K. Vaughan and it was much too short for my liking! This long wait between issues is killer.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett was for my Noir English class and it was definitely different from anything I had ever read but I really enjoyed it! We just watched the Humphrey Bogart version of the movie in class too and I just love old classics.
Drown by Junot Diaz was just a spectacular collection of short stories. Diaz’s writing is brash and honest and harsh, but subtly beautiful as well.
Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien was spectacular. Thien is a local Vancouver author and her collection of short stories were elegant and powerful in their simplicity. Vancouver became a character in and of itself and I was spun through this book in a matter of hours as I couldn’t put it down. I went back and reread certain stories just to absorb more of the beauty of Thien’s writing. Read this book.
What followed from here was an intense spell of New Adult, which is the perfect genre of books for me while i’m in school. I find I get sucked into the stories completely but it’s nothing crazy heavy that I can’t easily fall asleep.
Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher was a big ol WHAT THE EFF and the wait for the second part is seriously not cool. The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen was a heavy hitter of a book, with a powerful story and even more powerful characters. Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras was my first book by her but definitely not the last. This book is probably one of my favourites of the month!
January was also the month that Ben (the boyfriend of 6 years) went back to school in DC. LUCKILY! It’s his last semester of University and he graduates in May! I just purchased my ticket and booked my trip to go see him graduate and turn 23, as the two events are 2 days apart and I am SO EXCITED I can barely handle it!
Hopefully, February is the month where I jump back into the amazing world of YA a bit more. I just received some books that have a ton of hype surrounding them, plus one is by a lovely Canadian author and I love supporting them!
Much love xxx,