Hey everyone! How’s your January? Was it a good reading month? Since January is the first month of every new years and I swore to read more books this year, this month was a blast. I read six books in total

Books I didn’t enjoy

Two of the books I’ve read this year didn’t live up to my liking and it is kind of upsetting.

The first book is The Lord Mayor of Death by Marian Babson. It is about a guy called Uncle Mike who kidnapped a little girl to carry the bomb and blast the whole London Parade. The whole story is about the little girl’s mother and the police searching for Uncle Mike and Kitty in the biggest crowd of the century.

While this book is extremely fast-paced and light, I have some minor problems with how the characters are written. I thought there are times where they go one-dimensional and are only acting accordingly to move the story from Point A to Point B.

The second book is Ravenmocker by Jean Hager which is the first Native American book I’ve ever read. Since our history class touched some of the topics the author is exploring in the story, I think she failed to do it accurately and believably. Throughout the book, I was also spotting some mistakes the editor failed to catch. 

Books I enjoyed

The books I enjoyed, however, were took me to different places and made me feel and imagine things as if I am in a movie. 

The first one is Our Heritage which is a church book that tells a brief history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It wasn’t a giant book but it was also not a light or fast read. For a little book, it was intense and incredibly dense. There are times I had to put down the book to breathe because I didn’t realise I was holding my breath for far too long.

The second one is connected to the first book and this is SAINTS Vol 1. This one expounds and beautifully narrates the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although it is a giant book, it was fast-paced with words that flow so smoothly. I love the way it is written. It tugs on your heartstrings when you start feeling for the characters.

The third one is Welcome to the Ark which is young adult scifi with a touch of magical realism. I didn’t think I would love this book as much as I have now but I have annotated my copy to the bits and I love all of the characters. Plus, if you’re in love with psychokinesis and biblical references, I would definitely recommend this one.

The fourth one is the Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel which is a part of the series, Earth’s Children. I love this book so much and there’s something so intricate about how the author explores the culture of the Clan and how she builds the world and the characters. You wouldn’t even know you’ve been caring so much about someone in the story until putting it down at last. I love the writing style and the knowledge you can pick up just by following the story.

Top January 2019 Books

So now, I’m picking my top 3 for the month of January and how I picked these books depended on how I enjoyed them, how they’re written and how they impacted me.

Coming up on your screens:

3) The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

2) SAINTS Vol 1 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

1) Welcome to the Ark by Stephanie S. Tolan

Have you wrapped up your January 2019 reads?

How many books have you read last January and have you wrapped them up? What are your favourites and your least favourites? Tell me about them in the comments section down below!

Always keep smiling and your head high!

T.L. Thornes is a writer residing in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was twelve when she started keeping drafts of her poems in composition notebooks. Since then, she has found an emotional outlet through writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the streets of her hometown, urbansketching, or in her room, writing songs and making art journals.