As I mentioned in my recent “It’s Monday” post, a lot of these have been included in award shortlists and one even scored a win. I am under no illusions that all books nominated for awards/shortlisted for awards are all great reads – we’ve all read at least one lauded book that’s turned out to be a real stinker (although I can’t recall one just at this very minute…). All the same, my January reads were all seriously good.
I gave both The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller five stars out of five on GoodReads. I know that a lot of readers reserve the five star ratings for complete game changers but the text that goes with a five star rating on GoodReads is “it was amazing”, as opposed to the four star “really liked it”. “Really liked it” doesn’t really cover how I felt about either book, so “it was amazing” it is! Favourite of the month goes to The Handmaid’s Tale. Offred’s tale is so moving and heart-breaking and beautifully told and is one of *very* few books that I’ve read in recent years (literally) that I would genuinely consider re-reading one day. High praise, in my world.
As always, I would love to post reviews BUT they are obviously the posts that take the most time, even though they are the posts that I enjoy writing the most…more of that in February, perhaps.