The first book I read this month was The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot receives a frantic letter from a man in France, urgently requesting his help, but before Poirot arrives, he is found stabbed to death in his back garden. This was a compelling mystery book, full of SO many twists and turns. I think I suspected almost every character at one point. Christie writes in such an accessible engaging way, and this book had me hooked from beginning to end. The only thing I didn’t like was a insta-love subplot, but apart from that, this book was fantastic, and I can’t wait to read more Agatha Christie this year.
Then I accidentally on purpose took a little detour from my TBR. I found Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal at my local library and just couldn’t resist it. This is such an awesome graphic novel. It follows Kamala Khan, a muslim girl living in Jersey City, who suddenly finds herself with superpowers. This was LOL funny, the artwork was gorgeous and Kamala is such a great main character. The only thing I was a tad confused at was the nature and extent of her powers–it wasn’t entirely defined in this volume. I can’t wait to pick up Vol. 2 next time I’m at the library. I also read Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka. This was fun, but felt a little disjointed and I didn’t like the present tense narration. Not sure I’ll be picking up the next one!
The next book I read was another departure from my TBR. Electrigirl by Jo Cotterill and Cathy Brett is part novel, part graphic novel and all amazing. It follows Holly, an ordinary girl who, due to an extraordinary event, gets superpowers. More specifically, she has electric powers, which IMHO in seriously cool. This was a fab concept, and I LOVED the story and the character of Holly.
Book number four was Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin. This blew my mind. So much goodness/heartbreak in one book. Ryan Graudin’s prose is hauntingly beautiful, her plot is action packed and OH MY GOSH this book. The perfect ending to this story. I was SO satisfied, with duologies I often feel like there’s more to the story, but this was the perfect amount of time to spend with Yael and her world. The amount of research that must’ve gone into writing this is astounding. Standing ovation for Ryan Graudin, and I will definitely be reading more of her work.
Foxheart by Claire Legrand was beautifully strange and strangely beautiful. Claire’s prose throughout this book is, as it is in every book she writes, gorgeous. The concept and world-building is fantastically done, and I absolutely loved the time-travelling aspect. Quicksilver was such a great heroine–spikey and courageous and sassy. This is a great MG fantasy read–I thoroughly recommend it!
Then I read Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo. This is a is a twisty-turny, heist-y, fast paced book full of complex and seriously lovable characters. The Six of Crows duology is one of my absolute favourite YA fantasy series–if you haven’t read it, read it now!
After really enjoying Electrigirl, I picked up its sequel, Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm. This was SO much fun. I loved the character development, and really enjoyed seeing more of Holly and Imogen’s friendship. Plus, the graphic novel elements are just fab and work really well with the story.
I also read El Deafo by Cece Bell. This is another graphic novel that is semi-autobiographical, and deals with the authors childhood experience of hearing loss. I LOVED this. Really really loved this, so much that I wrote a review on it–check that out when it goes up next week.
Finally, I read my non-fiction pick of the month, SPQR by Mary Beard. This was so fascinating and really accessible. Mary Beard is a great author, and I learnt so much. Ancient history isn’t my area of focus historically, but it’s definitely an area of interest.
So, those are the books I read in January. 2 were YA, 4 were MG, 1 was a classic, 1 was non-fiction and 2 were a graphic novel. I really enjoyed my reading in January. I liked knocking some books off my TBR, but also reading some unexpected books as well. I’m also WAY above my target for my Goodreads goal this year! So all in all, January was a great reading month for me.