Monthly Recap: January 2018

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If I had made some reading goals this year, I also made a new blogging resolution. Since it’s really a struggle for me to put up individual reviews for each book I read and finish, I have to be more realistic and practical. For this year, I will try to come up with monthly recaps of books I read, with short reviews for them if I feel the need (ha!). This way, I can still keep tabs on the books I’ve read and I can at least put up some few lines (or paragraphs maybe?) to at least remind me about them when I’m already old and gray (ha! ha!)

This January, I read and finished three books:

not in photo: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  1. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. 3/5 stars. It was my first time to read Karin Slaughter and it’s been quite some time since I last read a thriller by a female author. The first half of the book was one thrill ride as I got to read about a gruesome crime that was the starting point for the story. Charlie and Sam are as different as sisters can be but they share a common goal — to survive. The Good Daughter shows the aftermath of a tragedy upon the victims — how they coped, how they survived, if survival was really their aim at all. I loved the legalese and the courtroom drama, for obvious reasons, and considering the profession I’m in, the drama and the conflict were really easily relatable. I got teary-eyed at some point, because how does one live after a tragedy — a crime — that happened to her? How does a family cope with a loss? How does one cope with guilt? I think it was a good thing that I got to start the year with a thriller — one of my favorite genres, in fact, the genre that got me hooked to reading; I feel like I’m up to something wonderful in my reading year this year.
  2. More Than This by Patrick Ness. 4/5 stars. This was the  book I chose for the TFG Book of the Month. The genre for January was Young Adult and it gave me a good reason to pick this up from my TBR. As always, Patrick Ness never failed to impress me with his writing. I’ve read some of Ness’s other books and I truly enjoyed them. The Chaos Walking Trilogy is still my most favorite YA dystopian novel so far. In More Than This, a young boy drowns and dies…but wakes up again in a seemingly empty world where all of his pains and hurts begin to resurface. The book is philosophical and existential without being too preachy or boring. I loved how it ended. It asks questions which don’t have certain answers because maybe, indeed, the point of life is in not knowing. I truly love this book. I’d recommend this especially to youngsters who feel that their loneliness and hurt are all there is to life, although Seth, the main character, would certainly disagree.
  3. True Colors by Kristin Hannah. 3/5 stars. I’ve had this book with me for the longest time but haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. This is my first time to read Kristin Hannah and while I enjoyed reading about the Grey sisters in True Colors, I never felt enough connection with any of them. Reading about the horses was fascinating enough, though, and I’m grateful about the legal aspect midway through because it sustained my interest until the end. I only felt that Aurora’s character wasn’t as fleshed out as her other sisters were; I would have loved to read more in her perspective. If there’s one good thing that came out from Elle the Kindle being broken and from having headaches from reading from my phone, it’s the fact that I am reading physical books from my book stash — untouched for years!

February had already rolled around and I just finished an Anne Tyler but I’ll just talk about it when this month ends. Also, I’m trying to catch up with my reading buddies on David Mitchell’s Bone Clocks. I’m already on the Crispin Hershey chapter, and I’m slowly making progress but I had to read in parts because my eyes couldn’t take too much glare from reading on my phone.

I hope your reading year started well, too. 🙂



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