So it’s been my first reading month of 2012, and I can safely say it has been a fantastic one! There have been lots of brilliant new releases this month and that has definitely been reflected in my reviews so far. I have successfully read three of the brilliant Waterstones 11 debut novel titles, and I’ve enjoyed them all immensely so I’m really looking forward to see how the rest of the list pans out. Choosing my favourite novel of the month however, wasn’t difficult at all. It has to go to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It is possibly one of the best books I have ever read, and it has stayed with me ever since. Each time I think of it I get a little lump in my throat, and I just want to read it all over again! So if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? I also have to give a special mention to The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, it’s the first novel I’ve read by him but his writing really did blow me away and I can’t wait to read more of his work! I also thoroughly enjoyed returning to the land of the Demi-Monde in the second of Rod Rees’ quartet, and I’m already eager for more! Below is a summary of my reviews for the month in order of how much I enjoyed them:
Book of the Month
I have never in my life had such an emotional reaction to a book – not only in terms of tears, but in terms of laughter as well. Some of you may cower at the thought of reading a book about kids with cancer, and admittedly I did so myself at first, but this is a book about kids with cancer, written in a way you will never have read before, and are unlikely to read again. If I could urge you to read one book this year, it would undoubtedly be The Fault In Our Stars.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Demi-Monde: Spring by Rod Rees
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Switched by Amanda Hocking
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Plans for February
I still have some January releases that I need to get through as I just haven’t had the time for them all this month! I also have a couple more February releases including the brilliant Pure by Julianna Baggot, which I’m reading at the moment, and also Advent by James Treadwell. I’m also dying to read Empire State by Adam Christopher which I recently bought, and last but not least I will also be reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence for the Genre Book Challenge. In fact, my whole fiction team at work are taking part in this so I’m really looking forward to it! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to your reading new year, just as I have!