Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2022

January was a bit of a weird month for me. I don’t consider myself a mood reader, but I sure as hell was this month. I kept finding myself picking up a book and then putting it down after a couple of chapters and then picking up something different next time. I still managed to read 15 books though, which isn’t bad. Hopefully this mood won’t last much longer.

The Righteous was not at all what I was expecting, but it was pretty good. I enjoyed spending more time with Pippa and Arjun. Thought this was the last book, but there appears to be at least one more.

The Sea in Winter was a wonderful middle grade book about a young girl dealing with her grief and anger over a knee injury. The injury is keeping her from doing the one thing she loves, ballet.

A Game of Fear was a great historical mystery that came out yesterday. I love the way the author keeps you guessing till the very end who the murderer is.

The Witch’s Heart was good but a bit slow paced. It was an interesting take on the whole Ragnarok myth and norse mythology in general.

Rebelwing was my biggest disappointment this month. It just never captured my attention or made me care about the characters.

The Paris Apartment was really good and just all kinds of twisty stuff happening. I really like the main character, Jess, and all of the other characters were quite interesting and not very trustworthy.

Small Favors is another of the Dresden Files series. As usual I just loved it! This one had Harry pitted against the Gruffs (as in billy goats) which was quite hilarious. Most of the book was quite dark and the ending a bit sad though.

The Butterfly House was a Nordic Noir mystery and was really quite good. I almost like it better than the first book.

Gallant was good, but slightly disappointing as well. It just seemed to be missing that usual spark that I usually get from this author’s books.

Hunting Shadows is another of the Ian Rutledge mysteries and another really good one. This one was a complicated and really kept me on the edge of my seat until the last moment.

Feral Creatures was good, but not quite as good as the first book in the series. I did like the relationship that developed between ST and Dee.

Fire in the Hole is a collection of short stories by Elmore Leonard. My husband and I have been rewatching Justified and the short story this series is based on is in this collection. I liked the other stories too.

Turn Coat was an action packed story that I found really hard to put down. This one also had a bit of a sad ending, with some losses for Harry.

The Color of Dragons was one of those books that I kept putting down, I just had a really hard time getting into it. But boy once I did, I had a really hard time putting it down. So sad that it is a standalone.

Well, that is January all wrapped up! I am hoping that this weird reading mood that I am in goes away. I have a lot of good books lined up for February that I really want to get to.

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