January 2016: Reading Summary

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Bought: 
Truthwitch by Susan DennardRead:

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult 

January! A fresh start to a new year! After getting no where near my Goodreads goal of 120 books last year, I decided to dial things down a bit and aim for 100. Things got off to a positive start this month, with me managing to read 5 books, although I’m still 3 books behind on my Goodreads Challenge schedule.
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To get things rolling I finally picked up Career of Evil, the third book in Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) fabulous mystery series! I continue to love the character development and interactions in these books, even more so than the actual mystery itself. While I really enjoyed Career of Evil, at times it felt repetitive due to the strange parallels between the three suspects. This made it extremely difficult to discern the true culprit and caused me endless frustration. Nevertheless, it was an intriguing read, and I really can’t wait to find out what happens to Strike and Robin next!
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My second book of the month was Truthwitch by Susan Dennard! After drooling over this book online for months leading up to its publication, and with no plans for it to arrive at my library in the foreseeable future, I broke down and bought a copy during a visit to Chapters. Truthwitch was just what I was craving; full of action, adventure, and an amazing magical world that made me want to jump inside the pages! My only qualms was that it got off to a bit of a clunky start, but once the story picked up it’s pace I couldn’t put it down!
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Next, was an absolutely adorable graphic novel recommended to me by one of my co-workers! Hilda and the Troll tells the story of an adventurous blue haired girl who lives in an idyllic mountainous wilderness full of magical creatures. The illustrations are playful and charming, and I turned each page with eager delight to discover what artistic enchantments the next page would hold. I devoured Hilda and the Troll during the last 20 minutes of my dinner break, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the books in the series!
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This past Sunday, my friends and I met on Skype for our monthly book club chat, this time focusing on Patrick DeWitt’s latest book, Undermajordomo Minor. While I was skeptical at first, I found myself charmed by DeWitt’s quirky and nonsensical writing style, which ultimately reminded me of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Although the book may seem straightforward in it’s strangeness, there is so much hidden beneath the surface that our book club ended up discussing it for over an hour and a half! It’s definitely something to consider if your book club is looking for something different!
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As always, I also spent the past month listening to an audio book in my car on the way to and from work. For January I selected Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller after having read several glowing reviews about it from fellow bloggers. Suprisingly, this was actually my first Jodi Picoult book! And I really enjoyed it! The story focuses on Sage Singer, a baker who befriends an elderly man named Joseph that visits the cafe where she works on a daily basis. When Joseph reveals to Sage that he was a Nazi at Auschwitz during WW2, Sage finds herself listening not only to his story, but also that of her grandmother who survived the very same concentration camp. The Storyteller was absolutely gripping, and the audiobook narration was flawless! With four different narrators telling the various aspects of the story, it was easy for me to lose myself in the narrative as I drove, and there were countless times when I sat in the parking garage, unable to leave my car.

 

In terms of my personal life, this month was pretty calm, which was exactly what I needed! We bought some new furniture for our condo, which was exciting and really helped to make our small space seem cozier. I also got to go to the annual library conference in Toronto (OLA)! I look forward to OLA every year, because it always seems to   recharge my excitement for work, and it’s a fantastic venue to gather new ideas from my fellow librarians! Besides that, I spent most of the month battling a stupid bug that kept me bedridden for almost 4 days! Luckily it gave me plenty of reading time!

 

How was your first month of the new year? What exciting things did you do? What fantastic books did you read? Let me know in the comments below!
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2 thoughts on “January 2016: Reading Summary

  1. Sounds like a great month! Except being sick sucks. I can’t even read when I’m sick. Jodi Picoult is a hit or a miss with me but this one sounds very interesting. I might have to check it out.

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