January Wrap Up!

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

This is an amazing book that I am so glad I got to straight away. It was a great way to start off my reading year and a science fiction book that I would highly recommend to everyone. The plot is fast-paced and the cast of characters is extremely diverse. I couldn’t fault it.

Farmer Giles of Ham/The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J. R. R. Tolkien

I completed the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2015 and have since wanted to read more by J. R. R. Tolkien. I will read that trilogy again this year as I think I would get a lot more out of it with a reread but this short collection of stories and poems brought me back into Tolkien’s writing. I loved the first part which was almost an adventure story in the form of a fairy tale but the poetry was lacking for me.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

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This is my second read through of the Lord of the Rings series and I enjoyed this book so much more than the first time around. Though I didn’t like the Tom Bombadil chapters, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the epic world of Middle Earth and I can’t wait to carry on with the series.

A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan

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This was a disappointing short story collection for me. I had heard nothing but amazing things about it but in the end found it a little lack-lustre and I couldn’t get absorbed into the stories.

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I had to dive straight into this book after rereading the first and even upon a second reading, I didn’t enjoy the Frodo and Sam portions! I loved learning about the Ents and what was happening to the fellowship and the wider world but the second half was very slow. I am however looking forward to rereading the final book.

Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli

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This was extremely superficial and I found that the author had a lot of biases towards certain physicists and theories discussed. Overall I was disappointed in this book and though the cover is gorgeous I didn’t enjoy reading this one.

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