January has been an interesting reading month with an interesting assortment of books from magical realism to steampunk, to romance, to urban fantasy, to historical fiction, plus two non fiction writing books for a total of 4519 pages which on average is 150 pages a day.
1Q84 was a chunky read at 935 pages and took me most of the month to finish. Write for Life was the shortest but was meant to be read in six weeks. However, I just kept reading because I was ready to implement her suggestions rather than wait. I managed to clear 5 dusty physical books and 1 dusty ebook from my shelves and discovered six new to me authors.
After Dark - Haruki Murakami, (Magical Realism, Japan, 256)
“Time moves in it special way in the middle of the night.”
You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty - Akwaeke Emezi,(Romance, e)
“For a moment, there was the scream of tires and the mad chime of broken glass, the soft petals of white lilies, and a clod of dirt breaking apart in Feyi’s hand, but she brushed it all aside like smoke. “Single,” she’d said in return, stepping right into his personal space. He smelled of rain and bergamot.”
Clockwork Angels - Kevin Anderson and Neil Peart (Steampunk, dusty, e)
"In another few weeks, he was going to have to put his dreams away on a high shelf. It didn't seem fair. All his life he had followed the rules. He had done what was expected of him rather than what he wanted; every day mapped out, every event scheduled; every part of his existence moving along like a tiny gear in an infinite chain of other tiny gears, each one turning smoothly, but never going anywhere."
Black Orchid Blues - Persia Walker (Mystery, 20’s Harlem, dusty, 270)
“If he’s the kind of man I think he is, the kind who sees you for what you are, who you are, and still wants you, then never let him go. Sam”
Kitty and the Midnight Hour - Carrie Vaughn (Urban fantasy, reread, e)
“To be a DJ was to be God. To be a DJ at an alternative public radio station ? That was being God with a mission. It was thinking you were the first person to discover The Clash and you had to spread the word.”
Who Need Enemies - Keri Arthur (Urban Fantasy, Australia, e)
“Maggie waved a gnarled finger in my direction. “Mention one word,” she said, voice sharp but grey eyes twinkling with merriment, “and I’ll curse your sex life for the next year.” I snorted. “Curse away. It can’t get any worse.” She shook her head. “How can a siren have such a pathetic love life?” “Because I’m a siren who can’t actually sing, remember?”
Kitty Goes to Washington - Carrie Vaughn (Urban Fantasy, reread, e)
“That we have purpose for being who we are, and what we are, though we may not always know it.”
The Blue - Nancy Bilyeau (Historical Fiction, England, dusty, e)
"Amiability has never been counted more important in a woman's character than it is today."
Write for Life - Julia Cameron (NF, Writing, 208)
"A well executed outline resembles a train track with each entry a tie."
1Q84 - Haruki Murakami (Magical Realism, reread, 996)
"1Q84 - That's what I'll call this new world... Q is for Question mark. A world that bears a question. Like it or not, I'm here now, in the year 1Q84. The 1984 that I knew no longer exists. It's 1Q84 now. "
A Swim in the Pond in the Rain - George Saunders (NF, Masterclass, dusty 432)
“The Russians, when I found them a few years later, worked on me in the same way. They seemed to regard fiction not as something decorative but as a vital moral-ethical tool. They changed you when you read them, made the world seem to be telling a different, more interesting story, a story in which you might play a meaningful part, and in which you had responsibilities.”
The Winter Lodge - Susan Wigg (Romance, e)
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face.”
Absolution by Murder (#1 Sister Fidelma - Peter Tremayne (Historical Fiction, 664 AD, dusty, e)
"Whenever there is a conflict of opinion, then human tensions rise and give way to fear. I do not think we need to worry. There will be much posturing during the verbal conflict. But once we have reached a resolution, then all will be forgotten and forgiven."