One month down, eleven more to go. Unlike the previous months, I am not listening to an audio book at this moment. I recently finished one yesterday and now I’m at a loss. What do I read next? There’s so many audio books on Hoopla. How does one pick? I mean, I can continue listening to James Rollins but I had the sudden urge to actually READ The Eye of God instead of listening to it. Decisions… decisions.
So far, I’ve been working my way through the James Rollins audio books on Hoopla. I guess I’ll be listening to The Bone Labyrinth then. (I have a feeling I have a copy of Bloodlines and/or The Eye of God in the mess I call “my room” somewhere.) Sci-fi mystery thrillers are definitely my audio book genre so if you have any suggestions, let me know. They might end up in future wrap-ups. But here’s my January wrap-up. How about we start the year with good numbers, ei…
TOTAL BOOKS READ: 11.
- The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson – Okay, I sort of cheated on this one. I read most of it in December but finished it on January 3rd. That counts! I fell in love, guys. It’s totally worth the hype. It’s a great read for people who love fantasy and those who are new to it. I loved all the characters and was genuinely rooting for them. Hopefully, I get to finish the rest of the trilogy by June. New favorite. 5/5 stars.
- One-Punch Man Volumes 4 & 5 by ONE – Mumen Rider holds a special place in my heart. Puri-puri Prisoner is just… special. 5/5 stars for both.
- sweetness & lightning Volumes 3 by Gido Amagakure – I realize that I enjoy the anime more because I can see them cooking instead of just reading about it. I don’t actually care for the recipe. Plus, Tsumugi is an adorable little munchkin. Nevertheless, 5/5 stars.
- Subterranean by James Rollins – I actually listened to this but I’m counting the pages as well. This is not in his Sigma Force series but I did still enjoy it. It’s a little bit crazy; my suspension of disbelief was very much challenged. But it does follow the same formula so it was easy for me to follow. I admit, the ideas were pretty cool and besides, this is fiction. Thinking back now, I would’ve DNF’d this if I read it but since I listened to it, I enjoyed it. 4/5 stars.
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogsol – This is a graphic novel about a Russian immigrant family. Then Anya meets this ghost who becomes her only friend. The blurb sounded so interesting and if only they expounded on the “immigrant” part of the story, I would’ve rated this higher. Ultimately, this is about something else. 3/5 stars.
- A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab – I finally got to this, just in time for the release of the 3rd book this month! And there should be no surprise that I loved this. Alucard/Rhy is life. Actually, anything Rhy is awesome. I pre-ordered my copy of A Conjuring of Light signed so all three of my Shades of Magic books are signed. 😉 Of course, 5/5 stars.
- Orange Volume 1 by Ichigo Takano – The anime hit me right in the feelz. Once again, I ugly cried. If going by this first volume, the manga will do exactly the same. This is a story of time-travel, magical realism, and romance in a very slice-of-life setting. If you’re new to manga, this is the perfect place to start. 5/5 stars.
- The Doomsday Key by James Rollins – This is another audio book, another James Rollins book. This time, it’s part of his Sigma Force series. This is not my favorite but I still enjoyed it, especially Kowalski and Monk. It love it when big burly tough guys show a softie side. And of course, Grayson Pierce. 4/5 stars.
- Barakamon Volume 1 by Satsuki Yoshino – Again, anime was awesome. I read this at the Little Tokyo public library and I wish they had the rest of the volumes. I loved everyone in this manga and having watched the anime, it didn’t take away from my reading experience. 4/4 stars.
- Spiral by Koji Suzuki – This is the 2nd book in the Ring series but this wasn’t the source material for the second movie. Oh boy, this was amazing. It was very scientific but geez, so twisted. I loved how everything was pieced together and how it tied to the previous book. I’m definitely picking up the 3rd one very soon. 4/5 stars.
- 3695 pages – counting audio books as if I read the physical books
- 2 audio books – 26.5 hours
- 5 manga and 1 graphic novel
As for purchases, I acquired 16 books. I don’t think I can commit to a book buying ban, to be honest. Not like I did for makeup in 2016 where I only really bought makeup at IMATS. I do sort of collect Japanese fiction in hard copy as well as uncommon editions – signed, non-US cover, translated, etc. I also have a growing collection of Jane Eyre pretty covers as well as Viggo Mortensen works. So I can’t really go on a book buying ban. But a good thing is that I can control myself when it comes to books. I don’t mind the cost… it’s the space that bothers me. And besides, I may go to Book Outlet and the likes but there are times when I struggle to find a book that I want to actually purchase. Yup, it’s happening. I’m happy with what I have right now and apart from a few titles, I can settle for digital copies. So I’m doing good!
Click on the photo for the post where I talk more about these books. This was one of the better hauls that I did because I genuinely wanted everything in this batch. I actually started reading Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter but I suddenly felt the strongest urge to finally pick up and read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Yes. And I’m loving it so far. I went in absolutely blind and unaffected by the hype. When is the next book coming out of paperback, by the way? 😉
Also, in the last days of January, I ordered three books from Thriftbooks and they arrived today. These three fit nicely with the reason I stated above about being unable to go on a buy ban. I’ll talk about them in a separate post next week.
If you want to buy books for cheap but not from a used bookstore, I suggest you check out Target, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble online. I got ACOTAR for $8.25 and A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro for $7.99. Winter Sleep by Kenzo Kitakara came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and then I found a copy for super cheap on Better World Books during their promo (20% off 5+ sale books). Something that I realized last year is that the best way to read duologies is to read them back-to-back. I already have Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein so when I saw Rose Under Fire at a discount, I picked it up.
For my 2017 reading challenge, I put there The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee as my food memoir pick. While I do love my ramen and Japanese curry, you can never go wrong with Chinese food. I already have a copy of The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder but that’s a beat up mass market paperback. I saw this hardcover for the same price with a discount. And finally, a book that I’ve been wanting to read ever since it came out: Night Film by Marisha Pessl.
I feel so good with these latest hauls. There are books that I really wanted and I can see myself reading in the remaining months of the year. Looking at February, I may have a couple of books that I will definitely get to, namely A Conjuring of Light and possibly two more other books coming out this month. But right now, let me go back to one more episode of Bungou Stray Dogs and ACOTAR.