Reading Roundup! January 2018

I kicked off the year with a respectable 5-book-month in January. Is that not a lot? Are you not impressed? (Don’t answer that)

Here’s a roundup of my reviews and brief thoughts/senseless gushing!

Before I Go to Sleep

S.J. Watson

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Sooo I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a prettier book. I mean, look at it:

Are you swooning? I’m swooning. I could marry this book.

The picture doesn’t even do the thing justice. The half dust jacket is made with a fancy rubber matte that feels like touching new car things. The binding is incredibly high quality, with chilling artwork that wraps seamlessly around the back. It’s one of those rare books that you can comfortably lay open on the table without creasing. And, AND! deckle edge pages. Richard Ljoenes designed it, and you should buy him a beer.

If you’re getting the impression that I’m more excited about the cover than the book itself, you’d be correct. I’ve never seen the movie, and the book didn’t compel me to watch it. Enjoyable vacation read, but I’ll aptly forget about it in a month or two.

This book ain’t ever leaving my shelf, though.

Goodreads review.


Mary Roach

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Audiobook. My boss was kind enough to take my recommendation for Jon Ronson, so I tried one of her favorite journalists in return. Mary Roach did not disappoint.

Gotta admit, I thoroughly enjoyed blasting the sections on farting and pooping while cooking dinner to befuddle my poor boyfriend.

Goodreads review

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

Picked this up at Seatac, hot off of finishing Before I Go to Sleep. Let me make it immediately clear how woefully inferior this book design is! It’s all I could think about. After gripping Richard Ljoenes’ work of art for a week, this cheap-o hardcover felt like carrying a cardboard box around.

Penguin? You can do better.

Goodreads review

Forest Mage (Soldier Son #2)

Robin Hobb

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

While I’m going on about book covers, it’s worth mentioning that this is, hands down, the best cover art Robin Hobb has ever seen in the US. I’ve been saying for years that her artwork in the US does her a disservice. They never match the literary class that she commands. But this? This was pretty close.


Kudos, Christophe Vacher.

I’m rereading this trilogy with a group. After ten years, most of the details have fled me and this book was a god damn rollercoaster. It had me legit depressed for a whole day, ready to fling myself down the nearest flight of stairs.

I haven’t reviewed this on Goodreads yet. Frankly, I have so much to say that I’m tempted to just write a big damn rant about it here. This trilogy is tragically misunderstood.


The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg

2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

Poo-poo self-help audiobook fodder. For its faults, it has motivated me to attempt using my many vices to create a useful habit. I’ll get back to you on that.

Goodreads review

How was your first month of reading for the year? Anything good? Terrible? Let’s hear it!

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