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January Wrap Up

The first month has come to an end and despite (or probably because) of me having no time to read, having to study a heck of a lot for countless exams, I read a very good amount of books. 12 to be exact.
I tend to be very motivated to read when I should be doing other things … #ProcrastinationQueen

To be fair though most of these were audiobooks and I get through those pretty quickly. But without further ado. let’s talk some books, shall we?

 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

This book has been on my radar for quite a while. I actually put this once on a Secret Santa list (but the girl never send me anything … still bitter about that!) and I finally read it this month. And it was amazing. I’m really trying to write a review for it soon-ish, but my life’s been crazy busy these past few weeks so it got pushed back a bit.
The book’s about Norah (you can’t believe how excited I was that finally, a character has the same(ish) name as me!!) who suffers from agoraphobia, has OCD and really can’t leave the house because of it. It’s ownvoices, so that’s great! And even though I have neither OCD nor agoraphobia I related so much to Norah! Her thought process, her humour. It was truly amazing. And she is so funny sometimes and brave and I loved this book. I actually bought a copy now because I’m sure I’m gonna reread it at some point. Which is saying a lot coming from me because ya contemporary is not my genre and even if I like a contemporary book I never reread them. But this somehow captured my heart. It does have some flaws (the ending was a bit rushed and frankly quite kitschy) but I don’t care!


 

Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

Ball Peen Hammer

Now, this was a surprise I can tell ya. I don’t read romance. I just don’t. Never have nor will I read much in the future I think, but this was really fun. I actually picked it up because Eline @ LovelyAudiobooks wrote such a fantastic review that I couldn’t pass it up.
When I started listening to the audiobook I wasn’t impressed at first. At all. The beginning was … too much. It took a while getting used to the humour and I wanted to strangle Keane (was that his name?) if he said “send a subliminal message straight to her pleasure centre” (or something) one more time!
But after about an hour and a half, I started to laugh out loud. Maddy was amazing and I loved how she didn’t immediately fall for his good looks and charm (after actually listening to him talk shocked her out of her initial attraction!) and the way they talked to each other was so adorable and quite enjoyable to listen to.


 

Der Ernährungskompass by Bas Kast

This is a German NonFiction about nutrition that I quite liked but since there is no English translation I won’t talk about it here. (I got it for review. So just for my German-speaking readers, here is my review.)


 

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl - The Lost Colony Artemis Fowl - Das Zeitparadox Artemis Fowl - Der Atlantis-Komplex Artemis Fowl - Das magische Tor

*I linked the first books Goodreads page in the title

And then I went on an Artemis Fowl binge. (4 this month) I loved the Artemis Fowl audiobooks as a kid. I think I listened up to number 4 or 5? I wanted to finish that series now and it was perfect for this stressful time.
I actually listened to the German audiobooks because Rufus Beck is King (He is the narrator) and no one can compare. I had to switch to the English one for number 5 (The Lost Colony) because for some weird reason Scribd didn’t have it in German (all the other ones they had …) and it was okay … but nowhere near as fun as Rufus Beck made it. #Sorrynotsorry
And that’s coming from me … the person who just recently wrote a discussion post about languages and stuff getting lost in translation and things … but oh well.
Nostalgia is probably also part of why I liked them this way so much more.
But now for the actual content of the books? If you don’t know, Artemis Fowl is a genius and a criminal mastermind. At 12 years old. In the first book he kidnaps a fairy and a whole lot of trouble starts with that.
I adore Artemis Fowl. I love his way of thinking, I love his character development over the 8 books and while some of the later books went quite a crazy route I still really enjoyed listening to them. The way we slowly met more and more people and how their relationships developed. Just … so good.


 

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning

This book has been on my shelves for a while which is a shame because I bought it as a reward for myself the day I graduated from high school. It’s been a nightmare and so I wanted to do something nice for myself when I was finally free. And then, I didn’t read it. Classical me.
But now I did. I actually listened to the audiobook because Neil Gaiman narrates it himself and I thought that would add my enjoyment of the stories. Short story collections are always a little difficult. Some stories you’ll love and others aren’t really your thing but you get them all tied together.
Funnily enough, my favourite part about this book was the foreword. His musings on Trigger Warnings and all that. but there were also some stories i here that I really quite enjoyed. The thing about Cassandra is my favourite.


 

Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

This is my favourite book that I read in January. And it’s also a new all-time favourite. I loved everything about this. From this being a gift from my mom to the characters who all wanted to do something good and right, but created a catastrophe, to the writing style. Even the first sentence is amazing and hooked me immediately. I read this in one go. No breaks or anything!
If you like books with a lot of plot, this is not for you! It’s a tale about how things can go horribly wrong even when everyone has the best intentions. It’s about family and racism and how different the things each person wants are.
If you love character driven books that really closely examine the motivations, desires and flaws of people then I highly, highly recommend this one.
The precarious relationship between Lydia and her brother. How no one really noticed Hannah. The underlying conflict between the parents.
It was all so heartbreaking and I would pick it up again. I might actually do that for the Rereadathon* in March.

*(I’m a cohost and here is my announcement on Instagram, the twitter handle is @Rereadathon2019 if you wanna check it out,  and Merphy’s Announcement Video.)

 

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

a curse so dark and lonely

 

I’ve talked quite a bit about this book already, so I’ll keep it relatively short. I had a great time reading this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It had some great characters, awesome rep for cerebral palsy and a cool world. I was a little disappointed with the villain, but then again I’m a sucker for a very complex villain and I know not everyone needs that as much as I do.

 


 

Der unheimliche Weg/ Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie

Destination Unknown

I was overjoyed when I got approved for a review copy of the German audiobook. These are my life! I have so many great memories of my mum, my sister and my listening to them and gifting each other some at every opportunity. It’s been a huge part of my childhood.
So, I’m biased, but I really really liked this one. It’s was a little bit different from the usual detective story but it still had all the Agatha Christie trademarks: ruthless descriptions of characters and the big reveal at the end. Definitely gonna reread this at some point (I’ll post my review on Friday!)


 

The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson

The Dragonfly Pool

Eva Ibbotson was one of my favourite authors as a child. I had 3 or 4 of her books and always really like them. so, naturally, I bought this book when I saw it at the Frankfurter Book Fair last year (well, October 2017).
The story takes place during the 2 world war. Tally, a young girl, goes to an unusual boarding school and then to Bergania (a fictional country, but similar to Luxemburg. And a whole lot of trouble and danger ensues.
I did enjoy reading the book, but I feel like I’m a little too old to really enjoy this. It’s a good story, but I just couldn’t fully connect. Though I really appreciated the themes this book talks about. How nuanced they are and how important loyalty, trust and friendship are, especially in dangerous times.


 

And that’s all. I’m quite happy with not only how much I read, but also how much I enjoyed everything I read. Which is obviously more important.

How was you reading month? Did you read any of the books I mentioned above?

17 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. “I tend to be very motivated to read when I should be doing other things.” BIG MOOD right there. 12 books is great progress for a month having no time and studying for exams! I remember reading the Artemis Fowl graphic novels and recall loving the fact he is a 12-year-old genius who uses his mind for crimes, which makes me want to read the actual novelization as well (or continue the graphic novels if I choose).

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    1. Oh, I didn’t know there are Artemis Fowl graphic novels!
      And yes, I loved that about him. He has also great and very believable character growth over the course of the series. Eoin Colfer is a great author and one of his other books is one of my favs as well.
      (also, sorry for the late reply!)

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  2. A Curse So Dark And Lonely is on my reading list this month, so hopefully I will get to it.
    And i totally understand your thoughts about Artemis Fowl. I listened to the audio books as well as a kid instead of reading it and Rufus Beck makes everything so much better! I absolutely love his voice and now i am curious if i would still enjoy the Artemis Fowl books if I would actually read them. Anyway, I‘m still exited for the movie (although I didn‘t like the trailer all that much).

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    1. I’m sorry for the late reply. Did you get to A Curse so Dark and Lonely yet? And if so, did you like it?
      I love the way Rufus Beck voices Foaly. The English narrator just didn’t compare (although he didn’t do a bad job either) and yeah, I wasn’t that into the trailer either, but fingers crossed the movie is better! I am excited and I’ll try to see it separately from the books to hopefully prevent disappointment.

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      1. Hey,
        Nope, unfortunately I didn‘t read a Curse so Dark an Lonely yet, BUT it id on top of my TBR, so hopefully I‘ll get around it next month.
        I guess I just try to go into the movie theater with an open mind, but i really fear that the movie is going to be bad.

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  3. You’re the second person I know who went on a Artemis Fowl binge reread this month! I want to do it too since the movie’s finally coming out and all and I’m REALLY curious to see how the books hold up now that I’m an adult. Maybe I’ll save it for the March Rereadathon? 😀 And I’ll need to give Everything I Told You a shot!

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    1. Really? That’s funny. I’m simultaneously so excited and kinda scared about the movie. 🙈
      And yes, they are perfect for the Rereadathon! Quick and fun! 😀
      I wouldn’t have picked up Everything I never told you if I hadn’t gotten it from my mom and now it’s a new favourite. It’s a really heartbreaking and thought-provoking character study. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it when you’ve read it!

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  4. Hah! So you had exactly the same initial reaction as me to BPH 😀 I actually just re-listened to it a few days ago and this time around I loved the beginning too. It’s just the perfect feel-good laugh-out-loud rom-com. Got me right out of my reading slump.

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    1. Yes, I continued because I remembered you saying that you didn’t like the beginning either. 😀 So that helped me through the first part.
      And yeees! It’s perfect for getting out of a reading slump.
      Have you read any other in that (companion?) series?

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