January has come to an end and the month of Febuary has started. It can only mean one thing: wrap-up time!
I started 2015 with 3 books read in January. This year I managed to read 5. It seems so long ago that I decided to particpate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time … Well, on to the books, shall we? Please click on the title to go to my full review.
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Mr Fox, you’re fantastic! A unique children’s book: it’s witty, clever, exciting and funny and enjoyable for both children and adults (vouched for by yours truly). Get this book and (re)live your childhood by reading it to yourself or become an instant favourite with your little niece or nephew by reading it to them. Excellent in its genre!
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
A very worthy conclusion to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and probably the most action-packed of the three. Tolkien’s language can be a bit confusing at times but it is well worth it to read all the 1000 pages. The Return of the King is certainly the most readable but not my favourite: The Fellowship of the Ring still wins …
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
Angela Carter is my first discovery of 2016: I loved this book. Dark, haunting (but not horrid), mysterious, magical and fairytale-esque. Need I say more? Yes: it was short but good and not so very dark as you migh expect by reading the blurb. It was the perfect combination between gothic romance and a coming-of-age story.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The second Dahl of the month and just like Fantastic Mr Fox intended for the somewhat younger reader. James is more fantastical (did you say Cloud Men? A flying peach? A talking lady-bird?) than Mr Fox, but Mr Fox is more mischievous. Both are, however, very good children’s books, so you won’t be disappointed with either of them.
The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
Last and unfortunately also least is the first volume in the Sisters Grimm series. I might have had too many expectations (especially after having seen the Once Upon A Time TV series), but this just wasn’t great. It lacked in almost everything: discription, explanation, scenery … A couple of nice moments made me give it 2 stars instead of 1.
I think The Magic Toyshop is my favourite book of January (although I actually have rated The Return of the King 1 star more). It’s so nice to discover a new author!
What is your favourite book of January?