January 2019 – Reading Wrap-up

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January brought my first 5-star read of the year – The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, an amazing fantasy novel inspired by Chinese history. But I also was close to getting my first 1-star read, but after all, I ended up with two 2-star reads, two books that were kinda ok, but not worth my hate towards them. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne was a big disappointment after all the fun that author’s previous book The Hating Game brought me. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen started promising and thrilling but never delivered – longer review on the 7th February. I had a pleasure of spending over 6 hours listening to Colin Firth reading The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, I didn’t find the story riveting, but it was interesting and a different in comparison to other books from the 1950s. I finished my reading January with non-fiction Just Eat It: How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food by Laura Thomas.

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My Year in Books | 2018

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In 2018 I rated 6 books with 5 stars, which makes up 14% of all my 2018 reads. My first 5 stars read of last year was in January and it was Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroftfascinating fantasy novel. Next, I listen to audiobook What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was read by the author herself, which made the whole experience quite special. April brought us third and final instalment of The Illuminae Files, and I  simultaneously read and listened to Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’m sad that the series ended, but I’m excited about next release from the authors. In June I read and loved bizarre YA fantasy novel – The Call by Peadar Ó GuilínLast two 5 star reads of 2018 come to me in August, when I read Polish mystery novel Żmijwisko by Wojciech Chmielarz and novel about nurse accused of a serious crime – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

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August Wrap-Up – Books I didn’t review

I never did a month end wrap-up of books I read, but I though I do one for August. It was a different reading month, because most of the books I read I didn’t review and I’m not planning to review. They weren’t ARCs so I don’t feel like I need to review them, they weren’t’ particular bad to stir my emotions into writing a rant. Some were tackling serious issues that I just didn’t feel a need to write about, I prefer to keep my thoughts to myself on those book.

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

My Rating: ★★★★★

This book is amazing! It tackles a important subjects or race, prejudice, judicial system, and it’s all well done. This book had a great impact on me, this is why I finally picked up next book on my list – Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

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