January has once again passed us by and I never cease to be shocked about how quickly time passes. You blink and weeks, months, even years seem to fly by and if you are anything like me you wonder what you did with the time.
In the case of January 2020, I read.
It is time to take a look back at the month and reflect on the bookish and blogging things that took place in my little corner of the universe.
The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White – (Owned) My luck with White’s books has been pretty hit or miss but this YA fantasy romp into King Arthur’s world after Merlin’s exit was pretty entertaining. There were certainly some bits that drug and the narrator had a tendency to annoy me but overall it was a pretty good book. 3.5/5
The Secret Language of Stones (The Daughters of La Lune #2) by M.J. Rose – (Owned) In 2020 I decided that I wanted to return to an old favorite genre, historical fiction. To begin that dive I picked up a book from a favorite author, M.J. Rose. This historical fiction with a side of fantastical elements was a fairly good read, and I certainly enjoyed the romance that developed however the plot seemed to forget itself at times. 3.5/5
The Address by Fiona Davis – (Library) I picked up this book willy-nilly from Libby as another historical fiction read, although it was from a time frame that I am not overly familiar with. Again, I wasn’t sure about the narrator of this book or quite frankly any of the characters. They just didn’t pull any emotional response in me. A fairly decent mystery told from two time lines and a quick read. 3/5
Ink & Arrows by Shruthi Viswanathan – (eARC) What trash. This story did not deliver on any of the promised plot points in the blurb, the world building was practically nonexistent, and the characters were such utter garbage. Concepts were introduced and never explored or found to be a lie. Overall I can only say at that at least it was short. 2/5
Read without Review
A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer – (Owned) I will be writing up a review for this book in February but since I read it in January it belongs on this list. The story of this book focuses far more on Grey than Rhen and, I must say, I had reservations going into it but I absolutely loved this second installment in the series! 4/5
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas – (Owned) I’ve reread this series as audio going on a third time now and I must say, I enjoy them more each time. Are there problems? Absolutely, but it doesn’t stop the story from being a comfort read for me. I’ve come to know the characters so well it is nice just spending time with them. 4/5
Allison’s Adventures in Underland and Allison and the Torrid Tea Party (Harem of Hearts) by C.M. Stunich – (Kindle Unlimited) Hi, my name is Amanda and I have a thing about sex laced Alice and Wonderland retellings. That’s a thing. I blame it on the Mad Hatter. Sadly, my beloved Hatter wasn’t much in these books. Overall, if you are looking for an R rated Alice retelling with sex, drugs, and violence give these a shot just don’t go in expecting good Hatter content. 3/5
Added to the Shelves
This month I added just two books to my physical collection.
- A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
- Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim
All other new to me books this month came from library loans or Kindle Unlimited.
Outside of reviews, these are the other posts that appeared on Literary Weaponry. I’ve been posting less this year than in past years for a couple reasons. One being I’ve started working considerably more hours and time is shorter than it once was. Another reason is that I was getting burnt out. For some time I had been trying to post 4-5 times a week and it had stopped being enjoyable to me so I scaled back.
Top Ten Tuesday
I feel like January was a very positive month for reading and blogging. Sure, I didn’t adore every book I read but that is alright. Without those less enjoyed books I don’t think I would appreciate the good books nearly as much so they serve their purpose.
I hope to continue into February with this positive energy and I hope everyone is having a lovely day, week, month, and year!