Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great start to your year.
I spent this month trying to get through my owned TBR before I started making my way through my library list, which as of now, has 35 books on it. I also started using a reading tracker which was created by TheHardbackHoarder, so I’ll also be able to start linking in my monthly stats, which will include page count, genres and target audiences into my monthly wrap ups.
So this month I read 19 books. 1 was MG (Middle-Grade), 4 were YA and 14 were Adult. 5 of the books I read were Fantasies and 14 were graphic novels/mangas. 17 of these books were from my owned TBR and 2 were borrowed from a friend. And, in total, I read 4646 pages. So, let’s get to the books…
First I read Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff and gave it 5/5 stars. This book was the best book I have read in my entire life so far. It was intriguing, had so many action scenes and every twist had me going OMG! Mia has become a much more caring character who tries to protect the people she loves. And that last chapter, that last word. I can’t wait to read Darkdawn.
Then I read Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson and gave it 2/5 stars. I have posted a full review as to why and you can read that here.I was really disappointed by this book.
Next was Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi which I gave 3/5 stars. This was an ok book. I liked the writing style and found the characters interesting. However, the plot was a bit convoluted and confused me sometimes to the point that I didn’t really know what was going on, and the final battle was a bit anticlimactic. The twist at the end was intriguing but not really enough to make me want to continue with the series. I did learn something from this experience though and that is… I don’t like heist books. I probably should have realised that earlier since I don’t like heist movies either.
Then I read We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal and I gave it 4/5. This was a very entertaining read. I really liked the discussion of equality and how it’s viewed in the Muslim religion. Women are not viewed as equals, but our female main character Zafira shows us that that doesn’t need to be the case. Only thing I didn’t like was the relationship between Zafira and Nasir and how fast things progressed. I would have liked a more slow-burn relationship.
Then I read Dragon’s Nest (Dragons of Deltora #1) by Emily Rodda and I gave it 5/5. I haven’t read the 3rd Deltora series since I was a child, but I really enjoyed it as an adult. It’s an easy story to follow and just a fun and quick read.
I then I did a thing and read the entire Death Note series by Tsugimi Ohba, which consists of:
Death Note Vol 1: Boredom, Death Note Vol 2: Confluence, Death Note Vol 3: Hard Run, Death Note Vol 4: Love, Death Note Vol 5: Whiteout, Death Note Vol 6: Give-and-Take, Death Note Vol 7: Zero, Death Note Vol 8: Target, Death Note Vol 9: Contact, Death Note Vol 10: Deletion, Death Note Vol 11: Kindred Spirits and Death Note Vol 12: Finis.
I gave all 12 of them 5/5 stars. I got way too caught up in Death Note. I just couldn’t put it down. I’ve recently ordered the anime and movies so I can continue to explore the world and see my favourite characters again. The fact that I finished all 12 volumes in a month is probably making up for the fact that I didn’t finish it last year with the whole “one a month” thing I was trying to do. I do own the all-in-one edition, but I read each one as a seperate volume just because it was easier for me to keep track of and also because the book is MASSIVE with 2355 pages in total, plus the 42 page bonus chapter that was also in it.
Then I read Delicious In Dungeon Vol 1 by Ryoko Kui. This is the story of an adventure party that get hungry while in a dungeon and decide that they will hunt down monsters to eat them. It’s got instructions on how to prepare the monsters for consumption and recipes to follow as well. Each chapter is basically them hunting/finding a creature to eat and then making it. It is a DND based book, so you can actually find the monsters in a DND campaign. I love DND so when my friend suggested this manga, I just had to read it.
And lastly, I read Gantz by Hiroya Oku and I gave it 3/5 stars. This manga was weird and very graphic. It features a lot of violence and nudity, which I do not mind. I didn’t really understand what was going on, which hindered my enjoyment, but I think if I continue with the series then I’ll understand it better and enjoy it more.
I then started Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien.
That’s it for this month’s wrap up. Thank you for reading. Byes 👋