A Month in Books: January 2012

Seriously rough reading mojo this month. I put two books down, unfinished and the ones I finished, with a few exceptions, were pretty blah. However, The Night Circus saved me from giving up completely. It’s not a perfect book, but the blend of magic realism, history and romance was exactly what I needed to start climbing up out of my slump.

As always, links take you to my full review on Goodreads.com

Bound By Your Touch, Meredith Duran
4 stars
This was much more a hero’s book than the heroine’s (he was such a good Wounded Hero Type!) It was also the first romance I’ve read in a while where the trauma of each character added their HEA rather than detracted from the beleavibility.

The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Billy Collins
3 stars
Finally making good on a 2010 resolution, I read poetry! There were a couple lovely moments when I felt connected to the words, but it was a pretty “meh” experience. I still felt like i had to try too hard to “get it.”

Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke #3), Julia Quinn
3 stars
Frothy and fun, it’s one of the lightest of the JQ novels.  Perfect for when you’re looking for something diverting but without having anything serious. Though, that being said, this is a seriously happy and lovely book.

Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartest #1), Julia Quinn
4 stars
Go behind the scenes of the annual Smythe-Smith musicale! This one covers the “best friends to lovers” plot wonderfully … possibly the best I’ve read yet.

An Extravagant Hunger, Anne Zimmerman
2 stars
My Life in France this is not. And I kind of didn’t like MFK Fisher’s personality (as portrayed in this book) either. (I’m still waiting for Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep to bring My Life in France to the big screen.)

The Summer Tree (Fionavar Tapestry #1), Guy Gavriel Kay
1 star
This was recommended by a dear friend but I just couldn’t get into it. Bland characters, hackneyed world-building, and incredibly stilted dialog.

Countess of Scandal (The Daughters of Erin #1), Laurel McKee
1 star (DNF)
This is “friends to lovers” done terribly, with no chemistry and dull writing.

The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry #2), Guy Gavriel Kay
1 star (DNF)
I tried, Liza!  I really tried.  But the unicorn scene did me in.

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
4 stars
Read this for February’s book club and what a lovely, intriguing book! It’s clear the author is an artist: the descriptions are tangible. I almost wish this circus was real!

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2 responses to “A Month in Books: January 2012

  1. Haha, I just looked up the Just Like Heaven book because I thought it might be some sort of Robert Smith/The Cure musical tribute romance novel!

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