January Reads – 2018

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I read 3 books in January and they were all great! Also, follow my adorable book model on Instagram @tonksreads

Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines
by Reza Farazmand
finished January 7, 2018IMG_20180208_130431_692

First Sentence: We must record everything.

My take: Reza is freaking hilarious. This book is a compilation of many  of his popular web comics, “Poorly Drawn Lines”, plus new comic (and comical!) content. The comics are weird and weirdly relateable. His first compilation was a little stronger but this one was solid and amazing nonetheless and it’s the first book I completed in 2018.

My rating: 4/5 stars

Pages read: 208

The Fifth Season
by N.K. Jemisin
finished January 11, 2018


First Sentence: Let’s start with the end of the world, why don’t we?

I heard a lot of praise about this book before I picked it up and well, it’s as good as they say. Warning: once you read the first one you will want to read the sequels. In “the Stillness”, the earth is not very still at all. Not only are their huge earthquakes that practically destroy humanity every other century but there are humans, called orogenes, that are EARTH BENDERS. (kind of, it’s more complex and interesting than that). Society fears and often kills orogenes at birth. This is the most fascinating exploration of prejudice in a fantasy setting that I have ever read. It’s also filled with action, beautiful world building and exceptional, diverse, memorable characters. A fantastic book.

My rating: 5/5 stars

Pages read: 468

The Obelisk Gate
by N.K. Jemisin
finished January 27, 2018


My take: The sequel to The Fifth Season, this book had a lot to live up to because I was so blown away by the first book. This one was even darker than the first and the characters didn’t go on as exciting of a journey. Having said that, this series is captivating even if I’m a bigger fan of the first book. I’ll be picking up the third very soon!

My rating: 4/5 stars

Pages read: 410

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