Books read in January

1. Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde
The Demon’s Lexicon – Sarah Rees Brennan

Loved this, loved it so much I went straight out and bought the next one. YA and urban fantasy and full of great lines ‘Of course Nick was expected to get rid of the body.’
3. The Compleat Rifleman Harris – Benjamin Harris
I reckon Benjamin Harris may not have been entirely truthful about how much everyone loved and respected him and how honourable he was at all times. However, I figure that having been through some of the battles he did, he’s entitled to a little padding. This book also led to someone on the train telling me about his great grandfather who fought in the Peninsular Wars though not in the 95th!
4. Grace – Elizabeth Scott
This is a novella, I read it in one sitting and it was disturbing. Elizabeth Scott writes witty, lovely engaging teenager romances and then stuff like this and Living Dead Girl that haunt you, leave you with more questions than answers and are quite horrifying. I would recommend it, but not to anyone that has nightmares.
5. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
This is a really sweet book. Characters are as believable as an American going to high school in Paris would be, they felt real. One thing, the love interest is half French, half American raised in London. He would not say ‘me Mum’ when referring to her. This maybe, is one of those turns of phrase an American heard and loved, no, no, no, it’s wrong and pulled me right out of the story. He wouldn’t use it, what kind of Londoners does Stephanie Perkins know and are they having fun with her? (Yep it really got to me!) Other than that, it was great and I intend to give it to my friend Jane’s daughter for her next birthday.
6. The Demon’s Covenant – Sarah Rees Brennan
Also loved, annoyed I have to wait until the summer for the third, favourite lines, “I wasn’t threatening you I was menacing you” and “Friends don’t menace friends with giant terrifying swords”
7. True Grit – Charles Portis
I need to read this one again. I have a feeling I will hear layers of meaning from Mattie when I read it again. That will have to wait until I see the film and my mother has read the book.
8. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
This book was annoying and haunting at the same time. The matter of factness that our narrator had about her situation, almost the lack of feeling. The 3 characters were childlike and I did wonder if perhaps they were cloned to be stupid. Underneath the story was this sick version of the world and I was more and more horrified by the world Kathy, Ruth and Tommy lived in and at the same time more and more horrified by their total acceptance of their fate.
9. One Day – David Nicholls
I wish this had come with a warning. It was great, I loved the concept, I wanted to know what happened to them, I read some of it wanting to know what was coming but really not wanting either of them to make idiots of themselves. The last part of the book just reminded me so much of the days after Stef died, I almost couldn’t continue. Lovely, sad, hopeful
10. The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
I loved The Thief and I loved these. Beautiful writing, twisty plot, I was convinced it would all come right but had no idea how. I loved it so much, I finished it last night and picked up the next one..
11. The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
..which I read in one sitting this morning. I feel exactly the same way about this and I did about the other two.

So eleven books in thirty days. Not sure want I’m going to pick up next though. That’s 7 of the books that were on the list I made at the beginning of the month so not too bad.

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