Hello everyone, I’ve finally finished more than two books in a month. To celebrate that fact I thought I’d round off the month with my top three books of January. Without further ado, let’s get right into it…
Shipped by Angie Hockman
If you’ve seen my Twitter feed (@lucyrambles – cheeky self-promo) lately, then you know exactly how I feel about Shipped. Let me give a brief breakdown of my thoughts. Firstly, Greame… Secondly, Greame…. Finally, Greame. Ok, all jokes aside, this was a fabulous escapist read. Why live in dark times, when you can travel to the Galápagos Islands instead? I devoured this book in less than 24 hours.
Shipped follows Henley Evans on a journey towards her dream promotion at work. Sounds simple, right? Her boss, James, is pinning her against her enemy, Greame, the companies remote Social Media Manager, for the promotion. The catch is that they have to join each other on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands to develop their winning proposals for the promotion. Her hatred for Greame upon meeting him slowly but surely dissolves and Henley soon realises there is a thin line between love and hate. Does she want the job, or does she want to live a life that she enjoys?
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
I’ve never really been swayed towards reading fantasy before. This was actually part of a book club pick for November (I know, I feel behind, please don’t judge me!). Of course, the cover is absolutely stunning and piqued my interest. I love the retelling of Mozart’s story from his sister’s point of view. I felt as though everything in the book was intricately pieced together and built up an exquisite image of The Kingdom of Back. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, the Fantasy elements were new to me and I found the ‘challenges’ a little mundane at times. I would still happily give this a 4.5/5 star rating though as it was easy, and exciting to read.
Nannerl Mozart is a gifted musician, and her only dream is to be remembered forever. However, that’s easier said than done when you live in a man’s world in the eighteenth-century. She longs to compose music, and be loved for her talent but knows it can only be a dream. Her younger brother, Wolfgang Mozart, has all the makings of a child prodigy. He can not only play music brilliantly, but he can also compose music from a very young age. Just as Nannerl see’s her brother’s talent begins to surpass her own, a mysterious, magical stranger appears to grant her the one wish she has: to be remembered. But is being remembered worth losing everything?
Circe by Madeline Miller
I can’t give too much away about my thoughts for Circe, as there is a full review coming very soon. However, I will say it was a fascinating read that delved deep into Greek Mythology. It is always something I’ve had an interest in but never had a great deal of time to research. Circe cracks that world of Gods and Titans right open and provides a story that is rich and interesting.
From birth, Circe has always been deemed the odd child in the family. Her lack of power and attractiveness meant her family often did their utmost to keep her at arm’s length. They couldn’t understand why a daughter of Helios, god on the sun, was so lackluster. She was cast aside and not given the care and love she so craved in her youth. As she grows, she starts to realise that she harnesses power in the form of Witchcraft. When Zeus realises her power, he deems it too treacherous to the gods and banishes her to the deserted island, Aiaia. It is on Aiaia where she develops her Witchcraft and has to decide whether her loyalty is to the gods, or to the mortals she has come to love.
What were your favourite reads of January? What are you currently reading? Don’t forget to take a look at my other posts here.