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January is so close and now it’s time to decide what I’m going to read! I did plan to do a yearly wrap up of what I read today, however, I am determined to get at least one book completed in December, so it will be posted just not yet 😅
For January I followed along with h.eather.e.lizabeth who has just started their Snakes and Ladder’s TBR Game! The prompts were great and I have a pretty varied TBR that I’m looking forward to starting~
side note: in my post cover, I have used a picture of the beautiful board from William&Son.
prompt: genre – Literary Fiction
book: Midnight’s Children; Salman Rushdie
Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India’s independence, and found himself mysteriously “handcuffed to history” by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent—and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem’s gifts—inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell—we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century.Goodreads
I was meant to read this for one of my courses in University and it’s been two years since I graduated 😅 I even did a presentation on this book and didn’t read it… However, I’m going to start off 2022 finding out exactly why that lecturer loved it so much!
prompt: visual – Flowers on the Cover
book: Cemetery Boys; Aiden Thomas
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.Goodreads
There may only be one flower on this cover, but I’m taking it! I couldn’t find a book with flowers on my shelves for some reason, so I’ll be borrowing this from the library. I’ve heard great things about Cemetery Boys, so I’m excited. I read Lost in the Never Woods this year by this author and I liked his writing style and concept.
prompt: visual – Person on the Cover
book: Wither; Lauren DeStefano
In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb: Males die at age twenty-five, and females die at age twenty. While scientists seek a miracle antidote, young girls are routinely kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When sixteen-year-old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted – except freedom.
Soon it becomes clear that not everyone at her new husband’s home is how they appear. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape… before her time runs out.Goodreads
I was going through my books and realised I owned this – well it actually belongs to my sister but it’s been in my house for 10yrs 😅 – and it’s time to finally get to it. The cover is pretty and while the world has moved away a bit from dystopian YA, I’m bringing it back to my life!
prompt: other – Read it This Month or Unhaul
book: Wolf Brother; Michelle Paver
Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.
In this page-turning, original, and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world, in this first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.Goodreads
This book has been on my shelves for around 12 years… I went to a book signing with my secondary school… and have I read it? Obviously not because who get’s books and then reads them?! 😂 This sounds like something I would have loved back then as most of the books I remember having access to in the mid-2000’s all had boy main characters. Hopefully, I really enjoy this!
prompt: other – 5⭐ Prediction
book: Under the Whispering Door; T.J. Klune
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.
When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.Goodreads
I, like a huge majority of the book community it seems, read The House in the Cerulean Sea by this author this year. I loved it! It wasn’t perfect, but it was easily a 5⭐ read. I’m hoping that Under the Whispering Door will have the same magical and warm atmosphere. The plot sounds interesting and I look forward to reading it.
January Prompt: Celebrate the New Year with something new to you– a new genre, a new author, a new book series, a new book purchase, etc.
Book: Princess Academy; Shannon Hale
Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.
Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.Goodreads
I’ve never read a book by Shannon Hale, but I thought that this book sounded interesting so I’m really interested in picking this up! I’m hoping for a lot of friendship between these girls – I hate seeing girls hating each other for no reason.
What books are you looking forward to reading in January?
Thanks for reading!
I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥