January is always a slow month – add in another lockdown and it practically crawled by. I don’t know what it is specifically but I barely read anything for most of the month so thought why not try and dedicate two whole days to reading as much as I could. I’ve never really done reading challenges like this before so figured a nice, low pressure one would be a good start.
And it worked! I managed to read three books and even start a fourth 🥳 I’m feeling a little proud of myself since this is more than I would typically read in a weekend so figured I’d mark the occasion with a little wrap up…
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – 4/5 ⭐️
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city in the grip of chaos. At its heart is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang – a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love… and first betrayal. But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns – and grudges – aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert – 5/5 ⭐️
In this brutal and beautiful world a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice – and still lives. But it’s not safe inside these pages, and once you enter, you may never want to leave …
Maybe by Morris Gleitzman – 4.5/5 ⭐️
Blurb: He might not survive, but he’s hoping he will.
18 May 1946
It’s me you want, not Gabriek or Anya. I caused your brother’s death, just me. But you’ll have to come to the other side of the world to kill me, because that’s where I’m going. If you don’t believe me, check the newspapers.
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse – unfinished!
An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac. And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancee Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.
Are you a fan of read-a-thons? What have you been reading lately? I’d love to know!
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