Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting my first Monthly Reads for the year 2018 – so exciting! I managed to get 8 books read over the course of January which I’m really happy with. Starting the year as I mean to go on… hopefully! Keep reading to find out which books I read in the month of January…
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.
I won’t say too much about this book now as I have a full review coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I absolutely adored this book throughout and thought it was a fantastic narrative with brilliantly-executed characters. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there was something that stopped this from becoming a 5 star read… but I highly recommend this book to all of you!
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.
This was a required read for my “Gender and Irish Fiction” English Literature module. This book was so difficult to read, both because of the style it’s written in (a very odd, broken stream-of-consciousness style) and because of the subject matter (rape, cancer, and more). It’s a very clever book and the writing is clearly very experimental, but I didn’t really enjoy reading it all too much.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.
I have a full review of this coming soon, so keep an eye out for that on my blog. I really enjoyed this book for the majority of the time and just couldn’t put it down. The characters were fantastic, there was plenty of suspense and mystery… but then came that ending. The ending ruined the book for me and I was really disappointed with the way things were resolved.
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo.
I was sent an ARC copy of this. I was pretty intrigued by the premise, but just found that I wasn’t enjoying this from the start. I’m really not into Dystopian or Sci-Fi novels any more and just couldn’t get into this book. I’m sure lots of you will enjoy this book – it’s only getting 2 stars because I didn’t finish it.
The Dying Game by Asa Avdic.
I had really high expectations for this book, but unfortunately was left feeling very disappointed. There were parts of it that I enjoyed, and parts of it that I really didn’t enjoy. It was a pretty mediocre read and there wasn’t anything special about this book, so for that reason I wouldn’t recommend it to my readers.
Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton.
Another disappointing read for January. This book has been highly raved about online, so I had really high hopes. I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated whilst reading this book, especially in terms of the characters. I didn’t like any of the characters whatsoever, but I don’t think this was the intention. I really did not buy the ending either, and found the whole resolution totally unbelievable.
The Green Road by Anne Enright.
Again, this is getting 2 stars simply because I didn’t finish it. This was a required read for my “Gender and Irish Fiction” English Literature module. However, I just found the book pretty dull. There were some parts that I enjoyed, but for the most part I was forcing myself to read it, and about halfway through I decided to put it down. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I persevered…
Turn A Blind Eye by Vicky Newham.
I was sent an ARC copy of this book and have a full review coming near publication date, so won’t say too much about it now. I really enjoyed this book for the most part, and thought it was very different to any murder mysteries I’ve read before due to the introduction to different cultures. There were some parts I didn’t enjoy, but it was a very good read for the most part.
Happy reading 🙂