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. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ


Fantasy & Fiction Literature:

Forge of the Mindslayers (Blade of the Flame Book 2) by Tim Waggoner
๐Ÿบ Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
๐Ÿบ Jam-packed with action & adventure, excellent pacing, witty humour, & fantastically fun fight scenes.
๐Ÿบ Has good diversity including representation of PTSD that is genuine, as well as an interracial romance between a half-Orc man & an Elven woman.
๐Ÿบ Provides wonderful backstories for our MCs & a couple of the minor characters without feeling disjointed, which added to their overall character growths.
๐Ÿบ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 1) by Mark Lawrence
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Dark Fantasy
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Terribly written in almost every aspect.
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Full-review can be found here.
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ 2/5
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ TW: Rape subject matter, Graphic depictions of violence.

Kraken & Lies (The Menagerie Book 3) by Tui T. Sutherland & Kari Sutherland
๐Ÿฆ‘ Middle-Grade Fantasy
๐Ÿฆ‘ Excellent conclusion to a highly enjoyable series.
๐Ÿฆ‘ Diverse cast of characters, plenty of adventure, & lots of magical creatures with fun twists to their classic traits to keep you engaged.
๐Ÿฆ‘ Positive Portrayal of conflicts within friendships
๐Ÿฆ‘ 4.5/5

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Trilogy Book 1) by N.K. Jemisin
๐ŸŒฒ Science-Fantasy
๐ŸŒฒ Due to another reader giving me every single major spoiler in the book (unprompted), I found myself unable to continue with it.
๐ŸŒฒ DNF

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
๐Ÿต๏ธ #OwnVoices Malaya Literature, Historical Fiction
๐Ÿต๏ธ Absolutely brilliant & extraordinarily evocative.
๐Ÿต๏ธ Full-review can be found here.
๐Ÿต๏ธ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
๐Ÿต๏ธ TW: Rape, Wartime Atrocities, Use of the word โ€œJapโ€ to refer to Japanese people during WWII.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ #OwnVoices Chinese Literature, #OwnVoices LGBTQIA+ Literature, Poetry
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ One of the best poetry collections I have EVER read in my life.
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Full-review can be found here.
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ TW: Subject matter on discrimination, & homophobia.

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Manga, Light Novels, & Comics:

Dreaminโ€™ Sun Volume 5 by Ichigo Takano
๐ŸŒธ Shลjo, RomCom, Slice-of-Life
๐ŸŒธ Good volume that brings some elements about the Landlord’s personal distaste for romance into perspective.
๐ŸŒธ Interesting character growth for Zen.
๐ŸŒธ 4/5

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei
๐Ÿˆ Shลnen, Chanbara, Action
๐Ÿˆ The strangest fucking thing I have ever read in shลnen manga.
๐Ÿˆ Story was underdeveloped with intensely messy art style.
๐Ÿˆ Unique & strange premise for a samurai-style story.
๐Ÿˆ 3/5

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Volume 2 by Tappei Nakatsuki
๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ Seinen, Isekai, Comedy, Fantasy
๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ I could not get into this due to the poor translations & sentence structures.
๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ DNF

Fruits Basket Collectorโ€™s Edition Volume 5 by Natsuki Takaya
๐Ÿ’˜ Shลjo, Romance, Slice-of-Life, Supernatural
๐Ÿ’˜ Excellently paced with fantastic & gradual building of relationships between Tohru & her house-mates.
๐Ÿ’˜ Some people are realising their romantic feelings & the process has been genuine; a lovely slow burn.
๐Ÿ’˜ Perfect in almost every way.
๐Ÿ’˜ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Saga Volume Eight by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
๐Ÿ“บ Comics, Space Opera, Science-Fantasy, Romance.
๐Ÿ“บ Wonderful action & new, unique settings.
๐Ÿ“บ Great character growth for familiar cast members.
๐Ÿ“บ I LOVE Hazel’s curiosity & commentary.
๐Ÿ“บ 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Non-Fiction:

Crazy is My Superpower by A.J. Mendez Brooks
โœŠ๐Ÿพ #OwnVoices Puerto-Rican Literature, Memoir, Mental Health, Sports
โœŠ๐Ÿพ Recommended for people who have mental illness, or are acquainted with people who have it. Note: Authorโ€™s use of the term โ€œasexualโ€ can be construed as offensive, & perpetuating of harmful stereotypes.
โœŠ๐Ÿพ Full-review to come.
โœŠ๐Ÿพ 3.5/5
โœŠ๐Ÿพ TW: Child abuse, subject of mental illness & negative stigma associated with it, misuse of term โ€œasexual.โ€

No is a Four Letter Word by Chris Jericho
๐Ÿšซ Self-Help, Memoir, Sports
๐Ÿšซ Discusses simple principles for success in regards to pursing your dreams & aspirations, no matter how big or small they are.
๐Ÿšซ Humorous & cheesy as hell.
๐Ÿšซ 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.
๐Ÿšซ 2/5

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ #OwnVoices Indian Literature, Self-Help, Mental Health
๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ Humorous, charming, honest, & real as Lilly chats about different ways to be more proactive in improving your professional & personal life.
๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ She draws on real-life experiences & scenarios, including her struggle with Depression, that help make each of the lessons easier to relate to.
๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ Lilly Singh has AN AMAZING voice & approach to making positive life changes.
๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ 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. โ™ฅ

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