I had a WONDERFUL reading month in January. I read a total of 8 books in January, though a ton of them were comics and graphic novels, which are admittedly less time consuming but just as fascinating!
So here they are with a few one liner reviews :).
Revival Volume 2: Live Like You Mean It by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton
The second trade installment in the Revival comics. I loved it! These are definitely not for everyone (noir and very gory) but they have some great characters and multiple plot lines to keep you invested!
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
I really enjoy David Sedaris because he’s sarcastic, unapologetic and usually very funny, but sadly this collection didn’t do it for me. I loved the story about him and his sisters trying to get run over to get their mother’s attention (that sounds weird if you haven’t read the story, but I promise it’s funny!) but the other stories just didn’t click for me. I will definitely try another collection in the future though!
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
This was absolutely beautiful in both prose and art. Contrary to the title, this is not an encyclopedia at all, but actually a tale of a boy from Nord who loses a part of himself and goes on a quest to find it. It is full of myth and magic and a very interesting take on ancient religions. This is a pure treasure :).
Revival Volume 3: A Faraway Place by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton
Technically this trade doesn’t come out for a while, but the issues that make up this bind-up are already out, so I ventured to the comic book store and bought them all. I’m currently up to date and on Issue 17! I still love this series!
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
These two companion graphic novels have a brilliant concept: they both tell the story of the Boxer Rebellion in China, with each book telling one side of the story – The Boxers, who fought for the Chinese people to maintain their own ancient religions, and the Saints (Christian foreigners) who brought Christianity to China. Though this method of storytelling gave you more insight into the issue than you would otherwise get, I had a hard time connecting with the two main characters. I do love the artwork though and look forward to more of Yang’s work in the future.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this and because I know so many people love her and are eagerly awaiting this release, I won’t say anything so that the surprise is still there :). Landline releases July 8th
Half Bad by Sally Green
This is a teen novel coming out on March 4th and is perhaps one of the most unique teen books I have ever read. Green tells the story of Nathan, the son of the most powerful dark witch known in current times. It is extremely dark, wonderfully written and a total must-read!
Let me know if you have read any of these, or which ones you are looking forward to, or what books YOU read this month :).