I have to say, 2016 has been pretty good so far. I’ve already got one readathon under my belt for the year, and that has helped me get through 10 books this month including my very first audiobook (that wasn’t a full cast performance of a Shakespeare play). Some reading highlights:
- The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig. This one was a bit of a struggle to get through, but I’m glad I stuck with it.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Do I need to say anything about this? It’s probably my second favourite ‘Harry Potter’ book because it has Sirius Black in it and I LOVE HIM.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The middle 200 pages of this were great. Everything either side of that, not so much.
- The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris. This will never be ‘The Best Book I’ve Ever Read’, but it was fun and full of Loki sass and mischief.
- When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. This was the audiobook I listened to and it was actually narrated by Sedaris himself. Gosh he’s hilarious. I liked this until it got to the final chapters and then I got a bit bored.
- A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. This book broke me. It was good but not great until I got the final pages and basically got punched in the face. This one will stay with me for a long time.
I also took full advantage of my Marvel Unlimited subscription and read stacks of back list comics, along with the usual ones I subscribe to and receive in the post. I’m currently reading the entire ‘Civil War’ story arc in preparation for the new Captain America film. It’s great as I’ve been reading a bunch of comics I probably wouldn’t usually read (like Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and Wolverine) as they’re all tied up in the one big ‘Civil War’ arc. The app has them listed in a suggested reading order, which is super helpful because I’d have no idea otherwise. If any other Marvel comic readers have been thinking about getting a Marvel Unlimited subscription, I’d say do it – it’s definitely worth it.
At the moment I’m chipping away at Outlander and doing a reread of War & Peace (did you know I have a deathwish?). These two will probably take up most of February, but I also have a couple of NetGalley ARCs to be read (one of them a thriller, which I’m thrilled about) and I’m continuing with my reread of the ‘Harry Potter’ novels – it’ll be The Goblet of Fire this month, which is my ABSOLUTE favourite because dragons and Viktor Krum. The first of the three books I’m allowed to purchase this year (because of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks), Primo Levi’s Resistance, also arrived last week and I want to be good and read it as soon as possible, instead of letting it sit forever and gather dust.
So it’s going to be a busy reading month which I want to make the most of as I’ll be starting uni again in March, which means I’ll need to devote A LOT of time to procrastinating.