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January has been a busy month, but I still managed to fit in a lot of reading time. My Kindle Unlimited trial period ended this month, so I put most of my efforts towards reading books on there. I also fell found a new fantasy series available on Kindle Unlimited and blew through it so fast.
Overall, January 2018 was a successful month. I tackled several books on my 2018 reading list.
The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
This book was even better than I hoped it would be. I enjoyed every bit of it. The fantasy side of it wasn’t ridiculous, and everything flowed together well. It had a desirable ending, and everything was wrapped up with no open endings. If you’re interested in reading a story about gypsies, mermaids, and traveling caravans – this is for you.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I loved listening to this book. It was a pleasant surprise. The Interestings is a character development novel following six people throughout their time as young artists at summer camp into adult lives. They endure a lot of hardships, and Wolitzer has no qualms taking on intense topics. If you like coming-of-age stories, give this one a read.
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
Are you all ready to have your minds blown?
Beginning with the exploration of America by various European countries, Isenberg turns everything we were taught in public school on its head. As I read, I found myself questioning if I would ever be able to trust the education system again. Many history buffs will not be surprised by what is written in this book, but for someone who never asks questions about the foundation of America, it is rattling. Plymouth Rock? Myth. Thanksgiving? Myth. I’m not going to give you actual details as to why they’re myths. READ THE BOOK. Especially if you’re white.
Speak Easy, Anne by Brandy Anderson
This story was intriguing, but this is a low-budget novel that didn’t go through a lot of editing. The author struggled to fully immerse her characters into the age of Prohibition. The dialogue felt very 2000’s with some random 1920’s speak thrown in. Their behaviors also didn’t seem to match the time period. A second book continuing the story is available, but I didn’t care enough to pursue it further. Skip this read, unless you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription and are feeling bored.
The Paper Magician (#1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
Ceony is a magician’s apprentice for the magic of Folding. Her first few months prove to be adventurous in the most weird and cruel way. I won’t talk too much about happens, as it will give away the entire book, but when her teacher becomes endangered, Ceony sets off to save him with her limited skills. If you’ve been looking for a new series to take over your world – this is the one. It’s a fantasy without being too geared towards young adults. I loved it.
The Glass Magician (#2) by Charlie N. Holmberg
The adventures don’t stop for Ceony in the second Paper Magician Series book. Ceony is the type of girl who goes looking for trouble. I found her a bit annoying in this one, but I loved the story line and how the plot turns. Highly recommend.
The Master Magician (#3) by Charlie N. Holmberg
The last of the Paper Magician series. You have to read it if you made it past book two. Everything comes together with uncovered secrets and a final test. Again, I find Ceony – the heroine – even more annoying in this book than the second one, but the story is worth it. You can read the entire series in a weekend if you want, and it’s free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription/trial!
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
This is a short book by Ellen about some of the things she was going through in 2011ish and prior. If you love Ellen, you’ll love this book. She cracks me up, and her book was just as random as she is. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Ellen. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook because she is narrating it.
What did you read in January? Any recommendations?