January Book Wrap Up 2020

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Monthly reading review – January 2020

This January I have read:

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black ★★★★

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black ★★★★★

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black ★★★★★

The Witch With No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison ★★★

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1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read? 

This January I read 7 books total. I am happy with the amount and page count in particular.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in January? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

All of the books were fantasy genre. The first half of January I was totally into Grishaverse and managed to read everything Leigh Bardugo had written related to Grishaverse. The second part of the month I was happily enjoying Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series – I’m still confused as to why they are called that though :/ But the characters Jude and Cardan have become favorites right away!

originalThis is just one of the beautiful pictures I found of Cardan and Jude – all rights belong to the author and artist!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

The only book I had any issues reading this month was The Witch With No Name. I got overwhelmed by the complicate metaphysics supernatural elements of the book. I let too much time pass between reading this last book of The Hollows series and the previous one. I had problems keeping up with the book plot. You can check out my review for more details HERE.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I made a list of the books I own I wish to read this year and five of them I read this January already. I’m very happy with that score and enjoy making reading plans so I can keep better track of my reading.  You can check out the whole list HERE. I will be making  a separate post and update on it later in February.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Having finished all books related to the Grishaverse universe I will have to wait for the next book in Nikolai duology which happens to be one of the most anticipated books this year! I have finally finished with The Hollows series by Kim Harrison (insert little happy/sad dance here). That felt like a chapter of my life has been finished as well – this is how long I was a devoted reader to this book series. As for The Folk of the Air book series – I managed to make a run trough the whole trilogy this month and will probably need to turn to some fanfiction and hope that the author writes some more books soon!

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I have become a devoted reader fan to both Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black. I’m going to try some other books by Leigh Bardugo in February – primarily Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) which I have ordered and received already. Anyone who likes fantasy will probably like both of the Grishaverse and The Folk of the Air book series. I find the plot engaging and the books are just beautiful as well!

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November 2019 Book Haul!

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Last month was busy and full of activity. I got lucky to visit a book fair Interliber in Zagreb and came back with a big pile of new books! For the first time the amount of books I bought in English can rival the amount of books I bought in Croatian!

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Here is the list of books I’ve bought in November*:

1. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels, #4) by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti

2. The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri et all

4. Hellboy Vol 2 – Okovani kovčeg / Desnica Usuda by Mike Mignola

5. Batman – Prokleti by Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo

6. Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! by Douglas Coupland (Croatian Edition)

7. Drugi svjetski rat – Memoari by Winston Churchill

8. MOR – Plodovi osvete by Josip Kralik

9. Tuđinac (Alien Movie Novelizations #1) by Alan Dean Foster

10. Edda by Snorri Sturluson

11. Saga, Vol. 7-9 by Brian K. Vaughan

12. The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2) by Veronica Roth

13. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grishaverse) by Leigh Bardugo

14. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

15. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

16. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

17. The Wicked King  (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

*Picture is also showing one graphic novel I bought in October while attending the Essen Spiel 2019 and a set of two books I got as a present from a relative.

IMG_20191130_150435All the books in English I got.

All the books in English are fantasy genre. I decided to try out a new book series The Folk of the Air by Holly Black that caught my attention and got first two books. The only reason I did not get the third one is because the format of the book was bigger and I hate that on my bookshelves. Percy Jackson graphic novel Vol 4 was a lucky unexpected find that I’m very pleased about. I decided to fill up my Grishaverse books collection and got the three books in the picture. The Darkness graphic novel I read years ago and really loved it. This Anniversary edition looked too good to pass up.

IMG_20191130_150048Graphic novels I got in November.

I finally got the third volume of Saga in Croatian translation. Hellboy second volume in Croatian is actually made of English editions volumes 3 and 4. The Croatian editions by Naklada Fibra are all hardcovers that collect more volumes than the English editions and are quite heavy to carry around and read. The Batman The Damned I choose just to reach a certain price limit to get a free shirt from the publisher.

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This November I got 9 books in Croatian! For me this is a lot. I prefer to read books in original English when possible. I make an exception for graphic novel editions usually but this time I got a little carried away.

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While most of the books I bought were fiction, there were 4 non fiction as well. The only non fiction I usually buy are about books and reading. The Nobel Prize winning Winston Churchill book is actually a present for my boyfriend. And I just remembered I forgot to include one other book I got as a present for his mother in any of the pictures…

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And to top it all off these are the books I will be reading all trough January. These are manuals for the course I am going on for a 3D Designer. again the picture is missing two more that I was using and left in my bag. This might put a damper on my reading plans for the next two months though :/