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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2019 Edition

Reading books takes so looooooooooooong. And by long I mean, I decided to start the year with a 700+ page beast and finish the month by starting The Priory of the Orange Tree which is an even bigger beast at almost 900 page. I’m drowning in words and I’m not even sorry about it!
And now… presenting the very small collection of books and short stories that I got to read this month (if you haven’t read Salem’s Lot yet and consider yourself a vampire fan then what are you doing with your life? Read it right now!).

1. In The Tall Grass by Stephen King ● rated 4 stars
2. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft ● rated 3 stars
3. Philomel Cottage by Agatha Christie ● rated 5 stars

1. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King ● rated 5 Stars
Cunning, relentless and spilling with bloodlust, King delivers an exceptional retelling and homage to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Set in small-town Maine, Ben Mears returns to his home town to write a book about the infamous Marsten House. Only something seems a little amis with the new owners (that’s an understatement). This is not the tale of a vampire you take to be a lover or a friend. This is the chilling tale of a vampire and his army of the night that will destroy you from the inside out.

2. Injustice: Gods Amongs Us Year 1 by Tom Taylor ● rated 5 Stars
Ever wondered what it would be like if Superman was the villain? Inspired by the videogame phenomenon, Taylor poses the philosophical questions: How far is too far when it comes to promoting the greater good? What would you sacrifice for the sake of peace? This comic is everything that Batman vs Superman should have been.

3. The Last by Hanna Jameson ● rated 4 Stars
A delicate mix of the locked room ‘whoddunnit’ and a nuclear induced apocalypse, The Last, explores the lives of 20 survivors trapped at L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland. The problem (beside the obvious)? One of them is a killer. Full review here.

4. Shades of Magic Vol 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab ● rated 4 Stars
The prequel to Schwab’s Darker Shade of Magic series follows Prince Maxim Maresh, long before he ever became King of Red London. Expect lawlessnes, magic and a new enemy with an interesting power. I only wish these comics were a little longer, and perhaps a little more detailed. Everything feels a tad rushed. Nevertheless, you’ll still feel the same Schwab magic.

In between juggling my reading of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, I have these four delights to read before February is out. I probably won’t have time to read them all but I’ll give it my best shot. As long as I get time to read Connections in Death then all is well!


1. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (ARC)
2. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
3. The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea (ARC)
4. The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan (ARC)

How was the start to your bookish 2019?
Read any of the books above or a choosing to this January? Got a book you think I’ll be interested in? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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