Books of January.

Now that March is almost here, it is the perfect time to finally write about the books I read in January, right? #flawlesslogic 🙂 I thought a lot about what should I write around here and what would be at least a little relevant and I guess books are relevant enough. However, I’ll try to keep it shorter than I used to.

I am sometimes getting tired of the “noise” generated by the new books, must read books, books read by the influencers and all other types of fancy books around. So I don’t want to add to that noise, but I do think that reading is important and there are way too many books to read, so maybe if some opinions from people you kind of trust can help.

It is not wrong if you read books that the bookstagram community does not like or recommend, it is perfectly fine if you don’t love deep, complex literature, it is awesome if you don’t like motivational books, you don’t need to read 1000 books per month. You get the idea. Just read, if you want, because I (and many years of research on the topic) can assure you that it will help you in some way or another. But don’t turn it into yet another mandatory action in order to be extra-super-cool. Really, just don’t.

So much for keeping it short 🙂 The books I read in January are below. There might be some spoilers (obvious or hidden):

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere
Source: Goodreads

Bio: 338 pages, a novel about secrets, family, loss and love.

Why I read it: Because it was recommended in Reese’s Book Club and a new series based on the book will air soon. I thought the plot was promising.

Why you should read it: If you want an easy afternoon read which can prepare you for a new series. Otherwise, in my humble opinion it does not stand out by anything, completely lacks the surprise factor, it is…boring. The writing is good, though, I would say.

A quote: “But the problem with rules, he reflected, was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time there were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure which side of the line you stood on.”

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Remember, I respect (almost) every published author and I am by no means entitled to judge books, this is just my personal opinion. Many people consider this book moving and thrilling and awesome. For me – It is just a book that I forgot about the minute I finished reading it. The series does look intriguing, I must say:

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Source: Goodreads

Bio: 422 pages, The Handmaid’s Tale #2.

Why I read it: Because I simply had to. I love her writing style and I was dying to find out what more was happening in the Gilead universe, since I had given up the series for quite some time.

Why you should read it: Brilliant writing. I won’t give any spoilers, I understand many people were not very happy with this book, but I’ll just say that from my point of view the writing is pure awesomeness.

A quote: “As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Beartown – Frederik Backman

Bio: 432 pages. A story about what is truly important, the value of courage and the complex dynamics of a community.

Why I read it: Frederik Backman’s writing feels like watching candy-shaped fluffy clouds on a Sunday summer afternoon, chilling in a park. I did not know exactly what the book was about (spoiler alert: it is not about chilling the way I described it here), but I think it is never a bad idea to read his books.

Why you should read it: First of all, the writing is so good, especially character construction. Then, its subject is a learning tool for so many of us. It simply describes, with the right proportion of detail and in a balanced view, the reality of rape. It is a great book. It also has a sequel, which I am planning to read soon.

A quote: “Never trust people who don’t have something in their lives that they love beyond all reason.”

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

What about you? What are you reading lately? Do tell. Although, I am guessing that if I reserve just one more book beyond the 10 already in line, my local library will ban me for life….

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5 replies

  1. I reaaally liked “Beartown” too! I’m actually thinking of reading the next book as well, but I have other priorities for now.
    “Little fires everywhere” was a great read for my daily metro ride, as it was not very compelling, so I could keep up with it regardless of the crowd and noise around. The writing is awesome, indeed! I read “Everything I never told you” after and I liked it a bit more. The writing, again, doesn’t disappoint, from my pov.

    On Friday I bought myself “Dopamina”, the Romanian translation, the original name being “The molecule of more”. I can’t wait to start reading it, the excerpts I read look really promising and lately I’ve been more and more interested in how our brain works.

    I would also recommend “Factfulness” to everybody. Especially with all the hysteria around the COVID-19, I realize time and time again how important it is to actually try to analyze & understand the world a bit more, to be sensible, to search for logic, for arguments, to refrain from panicking at the first breaking news. I’m not saying it’s not serious, but people are going crazy about buying face masks, while most of them don’t even (know how to) wash their hands correctly 😦 Sorry for digressing.

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    • Hello! 🙂

      I have “Everything I never told you” waiting at the library, I want to give Celeste another chance.

      I bought Dopamina for my mom, but the feedback was not very good, albeit funny 😀 Will read it soon myself.

      Factfulness is on my list for quite some time, but as Spanish say – “no me da la vida” – literally, my life does not allow for anything more in the schedule and I wanted to read very “easy” books. Regarding COVID-19, I think it is a serious threat for Romania in view of the state of the medical system and the lack of resources, knowledge etc. Also, in order for a mask to protect someone from getting infected it would have to be a very specific one, which apart from out of stock for the public is very expensive. People are getting crazy about this, but there are so many other threats, for instance the flu, for which there is a vaccine which people avoid for all the wrong reasons. I can go on and on, it´s sad. Take care!

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  2. The Testaments mi-a placut si mie. Am citit de curand Iulian Bocai, Ciudata si infricosatoarea viata a lui Prita Barsacu de 5*, acum citesc The Ministry of Utmost Happiness de Arundhati Roy si tocmai a sosit in posta de pe book depository Absolutely on Music, dialoguri dintre Murakami si Ozawa – se citeste incet, pe spotify gasesti si un playlist cu piesele discutate de cei doi daca iti place genul asta de muzica. Ma gasesti pe goodreads dupa numele de la adresa de email si pe instagram mai pun poze cu/din carti #cartileDianei #Dianasbooks #Dianaskindle 🙂 Backman mai am pe lista aia cu bunica, dar sa vad cand mai ajung la ea, Factfulness e interesanta, eu am sarit peste statistici, ok, am inteles ideea, nu stau acum sa citesc grafice
    am ajuns pe blogul tau de pe un blog unde te lupti cu Dunning Kruger degeaba, bravo pt efort, dar sunt hopeless persoanele respective, eu am renuntat de mult…
    sa mai scrii despre carti

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