January is over! To be honest I feel like January dragged out for so long but that may just be me getting back into the swing of work and being way to busy with all the things.
First up what did I read:
Not much… this is an okay thing though because like I said in my first post of the year 2018 and my impressive reading skills I won’t be focusing on reading a heap this year.
I read a total of 3 books – technically 4ish but one was a partial re-read so I won’t count it these were also all audios.
The first book I finished was The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.
This book is fantastic, eye-opening, painful, horrible, so well written. I highly recommend it and I know it’s my go to gift for all the birthdays coming up.
Full review will be up very soon.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Eep this book! I have so many thoughts and the main one is: I can’t wait to re-read it and figure out my thoughts. I listened to the audio and I must say I did enjoy the narration but I know I’ll pick up so much more information reading the physical especially with the multiple narrators. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but I liked the old characters and how they were all portrayed and I’m super into some of the new characters. Pierce Brown is an amazing sci fi author and I love this world he’s created and coming back to it is pretty sick.
This book is tiny at just over 100 pages, 4 hours on audio but packed full of so much emotion. Anything holocaust related is bound to be saddening and horrifying and Night is certainly that.
The outstanding thing about this book is how it shows how naive Elie and the people around him were about what was taking place, they knew Hitler was evil but didn’t realise the extent of what was taking place. One line that is said to Elie when he arrives at Auschwitz goes something like “It’s 1944 how did you not know this was happening” really hit me hard.
Bookish & Life things I did
Well I wrote a book. To be more descriptive I co wrote a novella and I am now co recording an audio book turned podcast so everyone who’s interested can check it out free and right now! Myself and Sarah from Writtenwordworlds have released the first episode of Fall For You and my episode will be up this Tuesday. We’ve also released the transcripts on our blog so if you’d like to read instead you can 🙂
I went to the Penguin Teen Showcase and watched an early screening of Love, Simon. It was amazing, it made me fill up with happiness and I’m excited to watch it again and again once it’s in the wild.
I also officially sold my house I don’t know if I should happy scream or just lay on the floor like Tina from Bob’s Burgers… I may just do both and save myself from having to make any decisions.
I made most of the summer weather and took the doggos on all the adventures as well as went to the beach so many times. Australia is pretty awesome, I do recommend.
So that was my January! 3 books read, one house sold, too much paper work, and lots of pupper walks. I hope everyone is happy with how their year has kicked off and has an amazing February!