2016 has started out to be a fantastic year! I've been writing furiously, and I'm fully immersed in and excited about the projects I'm working on. I've also been reading non-stop. I've always been an avid reader, but my pace lulled for the past few years. It's wonderful to be actively enjoying it again. I hope your year is starting out as a positive and productive one as well!
I've been reading so much in January, I thought I'd pass along some thoughts about my favorites of the month.
Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas(YA Fantasy)
I liked a lot about this book. It was entertaining, and I was interested in the characters and what was going to happen to them all the way through. It dragged a little for me in the middle, but it picked back up again, and I was ultimately interested in reading further into the series.
The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins (Horror)
I'm not even sure how to describe this book. I was alternately perplexed and fascinated, but I couldn't stop thinking about it. It's probably one of the stranger books I've ever read, and I continue to ponder it. I'm definitely interested in reading more from Hawkins.
The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen (YA Fantasy)
I enjoyed just about everything about the first book in the series - the world, the plotting, and especially the characters - so much that I immediately read the second. Invasion took an unexpected turn by adding a slew of characters, but I eventually became nearly as invested in them as well. If you're into YA fantasy, I highly recommend this series.
Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Science Fiction)
This one was recommended to me, and I can see why. It's such a complex world that it took me a while to settle into it, but once I did I was hooked. It's an incredibly rich story, intricate both in character and plot development. I feel like I should read it again because I probably missed so much. Another I highly recommend if sci-fi is your thing.
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Interested in reading some stories? Check these out... All art for "Anna Maria's Guide to Resurrection" was created by Meghan Irwin and originally appeared on Paper Darts.