Like everyone else, I spent this last week sick. It was not the type of sick that let my lounge in bed reading. Instead, it was the function to get everything done to let my household run and then pass out.
I did not end up reading all that much more this week. I finished reading The Bird & The Blade early this week. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Historical fiction is not usually my go to, but this book was interesting and well written.
I also started two books this week. I am nearly finished with The Rose Society, the second book in the Young Elite's series by Marie Lu. I also started Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This book is pretty epic.
On a side note, did you know that the Amazon Echo will read your Kindle books via Text to Speech? I found this out thanks to Twitter. It was great for my sick day when I could barely move. If you do not mind Text to Speech, then this is an amazing feature.
I finished my January wrap-up (read about it here). While my reading month was good, last week was not. I think I needed a reading break.
I had started Six of Crows on last Monday. I figured I had plenty of time to finish it, as well as finish reading Amber & Dusk. I did neither. That is until Thursday - that last day of January - where I stayed up until I had Amber & Dusk finished. I am relieved that book is done. Those of you who can put a book down and walk away - I admire you! It would haunt me. Well unless the book was horribly bad. Amber & Dusk was not horribly bad - I just did not find it good.
I did also finish an audio book I was reading, Mirror Gate. I always have an audiobook going even if it is not part of my TBR. My current book is Becoming by Michelle Obama.
I think the reading break was good. On the First of February I picked up Legend: The Graphic Novel and finished it. I am not normally a graphic novel reader, so the change was nice. Even better, my children actually wanted to read my book! My oldest daughter already finished the first book. The other two are in line for it.
I also picked up The Bird and the Blade. I had no idea what this book was about, just that it was on my shelf and I was not too excited about it when I got it in a book box. It is another book that is not a normal read. It is a YA book set in the historical middle east. It is based loosely on history, with fictional liberty. I have been picking it up when I have free time and enjoying it.
I doubt I will get more than my reading list read this month. I have a lot of books that I want to read, but I need a bit of a break. If that changes then great. Otherwise, I think reading my 11 books on my monthly TBR is still pretty awesome. It does help that three of the books are graphic novels.
How is your reading going this month?
I started 2019 with more books on my TBR then I could possibly ever read. So, that meant I had to read more. I finished my 11 book list (although Amber & Dust was barely finished on time) and managed to read an additional three books. I also started Six of Crows. I probably would have had enough time to finish it this month if I was not burnt out on reading. So, I took a break the last week and will pick up Six of Crows in February, even though it is not on my official TBR list then either.
January was focused on finishing Mark Lawrence's books. As he so nicely pointed out to me on Twitter, I still have not tackled his short story collection. Do not be surprised if you see a review for them pop up now and then. I love the way he write short stories and plan to read them. He also has quite a few books releasing this year. He is one of those authors that never allows you to catch up on their work.
I also focused a lot on Marie Lu. I am almost finished with her books. There are two more books and her graphic novels that I will be reading in February. I am excited for all of them.
What was your favorite read for January? Link up the review if you have one.
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