In January, I read three books:
Armada was a very enjoyable audio experience. Wil Wheaton is always a fun listen. While this was not as good as Ready Player One (can anything ever be as good as Ready Player One), I thought Armada was very well done.
I finally finished My True Love Gave to Me. I do not recommend reading a book of Christmas stories unless you are sure you can finish it BEFORE Christmas. I did not enjoy this once it was January 10 and I was still trudging through it. That said, I did enjoy some of the stories in here a lot (most importantly, I was reminded that Stephanie Perkins is amazing and I needed to request Isla and the Happily Ever After from the library).
Finally, I finished Winter. Stars, I love this series. 😉 I almost always find the final book in a series to be a disappointment, but not here. Marissa Meyer is so unbelievably talented at creating fantastic characters, writing intricate but workable plots, and building a complicated world in which to place them both. Rebecca Soler has done an excellent job narrating this series to top it off. I was so pleased to find that I still have a little bit left to look forward to in this world with Stars Above – a collection of old and new stories. I HIGHLY recommend this series to everyone (and I am actively campaigning for Ben to read it). Don’t let the lunar cyborgs scare you off.
I also read the first volume of Ms. Marvel (I am not sure whether to count this as a book read or not). I liked it. I’m still experimenting with comics but it’s quick to read and smart and funny at the same time.
In other news, I spent the month starting Parenthood’s final season, watching the entirety of Making a Murder, starting the first season of House of Cards, and reluctantly doing a Star Wars re-watch. And I remained obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack. I started bullet journaling. I went to my first ballet class since LAST January. Kai learned to crawl, got his first two teeth, and ate a whole piece of pizza. The four of us stayed as busy as always.
What was your favorite read in January?
I’ve been wanting to listen to Armada but I keep hearing that it’s not nearly as good as RPO so I just haven’t prioritized it. I listened to Jon Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory, which is about Pat Tillman, and it was fantastic. I also LOVED Career of Evil, the third book in Galbraith/Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series.
Favorite read in January: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
I’m still waiting for RPO on audiobook to come in on hold, The more I hear you talking about Cline, the more I’m anticipating listening to it.
I definitely loved Ready Player One more than Armada … I’m glad you listened to the audio for both! I feel like no one else could have narrated either story. And I still need to start reading the Lunar Chronicles series! It’s on my list for this year since I own the first two books … it looks so good! Parenthood! Have your kleenexes ready … I love that show. I’m so sad it’s over!