January Reading Wrap-Up!

January turned out to be a phenomenal month for me in terms of reading. There was a good variety of multiple genres and mediums, and it has left me very excited for all of the books to come in February! Check them all out down below. πŸ‘πŸΎ


Fantasy & Fiction Literature:

Forge of the Mindslayers (Blade of the Flame Book 2) by Tim Waggoner
🐺 Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
🐺 Jam-packed with action & adventure, excellent pacing, witty humour, & fantastically fun fight scenes.
🐺 Has good diversity including representation of PTSD that is genuine, as well as an interracial romance between a half-Orc man & an Elven woman.
🐺 Provides wonderful backstories for our MCs & a couple of the minor characters without feeling disjointed, which added to their overall character growths.
🐺 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 1) by Mark Lawrence
πŸ›‘οΈ Dark Fantasy
πŸ›‘οΈ Terribly written in almost every aspect.
πŸ›‘οΈ Full-review can be found here.
πŸ›‘οΈ 2/5
πŸ›‘οΈ TW: Rape subject matter, Graphic depictions of violence.

Kraken & Lies (The Menagerie Book 3) by Tui T. Sutherland & Kari Sutherland
πŸ¦‘ Middle-Grade Fantasy
πŸ¦‘ Excellent conclusion to a highly enjoyable series.
πŸ¦‘ Diverse cast of characters, plenty of adventure, & lots of magical creatures with fun twists to their classic traits to keep you engaged.
πŸ¦‘ Positive Portrayal of conflicts within friendships
πŸ¦‘ 4.5/5

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Trilogy Book 1) by N.K. Jemisin
🌲 Science-Fantasy
🌲 Due to another reader giving me every single major spoiler in the book (unprompted), I found myself unable to continue with it.
🌲 DNF

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
🏡️ #OwnVoices Malaya Literature, Historical Fiction
🏡️ Absolutely brilliant & extraordinarily evocative.
🏡️ Full-review can be found here.
🏡️ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
🏡️ TW: Rape, Wartime Atrocities, Use of the word β€œJap” to refer to Japanese people during WWII.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ #OwnVoices Chinese Literature, #OwnVoices LGBTQIA+ Literature, Poetry
πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ One of the best poetry collections I have EVER read in my life.
πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Full-review can be found here.
πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ TW: Subject matter on discrimination, & homophobia.

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Manga, Light Novels, & Comics:

Dreamin’ Sun Volume 5 by Ichigo Takano
🌸 Shōjo, RomCom, Slice-of-Life
🌸 Good volume that brings some elements about the Landlord’s personal distaste for romance into perspective.
🌸 Interesting character growth for Zen.
🌸 4/5

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei
🐈 Shōnen, Chanbara, Action
🐈 The strangest fucking thing I have ever read in shōnen manga.
🐈 Story was underdeveloped with intensely messy art style.
🐈 Unique & strange premise for a samurai-style story.
🐈 3/5

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Volume 2 by Tappei Nakatsuki
πŸ—‘οΈ Seinen, Isekai, Comedy, Fantasy
πŸ—‘οΈ I could not get into this due to the poor translations & sentence structures.
πŸ—‘οΈ DNF

Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 5 by Natsuki Takaya
πŸ’˜ Shōjo, Romance, Slice-of-Life, Supernatural
πŸ’˜ Excellently paced with fantastic & gradual building of relationships between Tohru & her house-mates.
πŸ’˜ Some people are realising their romantic feelings & the process has been genuine; a lovely slow burn.
πŸ’˜ Perfect in almost every way.
πŸ’˜ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Saga Volume Eight by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
πŸ“Ί Comics, Space Opera, Science-Fantasy, Romance.
πŸ“Ί Wonderful action & new, unique settings.
πŸ“Ί Great character growth for familiar cast members.
πŸ“Ί I LOVE Hazel’s curiosity & commentary.
πŸ“Ί 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Non-Fiction:

Crazy is My Superpower by A.J. Mendez Brooks
✊🏾 #OwnVoices Puerto-Rican Literature, Memoir, Mental Health, Sports
✊🏾 Recommended for people who have mental illness, or are acquainted with people who have it. Note: Author’s use of the term β€œasexual” can be construed as offensive, & perpetuating of harmful stereotypes.
✊🏾 Full-review to come.
✊🏾 3.5/5
✊🏾 TW: Child abuse, subject of mental illness & negative stigma associated with it, misuse of term β€œasexual.”

No is a Four Letter Word by Chris Jericho
🚫 Self-Help, Memoir, Sports
🚫 Discusses simple principles for success in regards to pursing your dreams & aspirations, no matter how big or small they are.
🚫 Humorous & cheesy as hell.
🚫 Author uses his ignorance & privilege to make wholly disrespectful & offensive commentary on the Islamic religion based on how it is practised in conjunction with culture in small region of the world, thus condemning the religion as a whole. Unacceptable.
🚫 2/5

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
πŸ’ͺ🏾 #OwnVoices Indian Literature, Self-Help, Mental Health
πŸ’ͺ🏾 Humorous, charming, honest, & real as Lilly chats about different ways to be more proactive in improving your professional & personal life.
πŸ’ͺ🏾 She draws on real-life experiences & scenarios, including her struggle with Depression, that help make each of the lessons easier to relate to.
πŸ’ͺ🏾 Lilly Singh has AN AMAZING voice & approach to making positive life changes.
πŸ’ͺ🏾 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Special shout-out to Kheb for tolerating my photographic theatrics. He truly is the King of all Cats. β™₯

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