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February 3, 2020

Books Read in January 2020

These are the books I read in January or rather, these are the books I finished reading in January but I started some of these in December and November of last year. I'm quite a slow reader these days. I don't even know why I keep losing interesting in reading/finishing a particular book. I'm afraid owning a Kindle makes it worse because now I can get my hands on more books than I can ever read. It's probably why the books listed below are very short reads but I at least finished them so that's something.

01 | Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill > link
My modern and extremely reasonable & skeptical heart, thought Marion, the protagonist, is meek, naive, dumb and a martyr but my softer side thought she is a kind girl who wants people to be happy and have a very vivid faith in god. My modern heart also thought the love interest is a bit of a stalker. He acts with kindness and appears quite a nice guy though I think Marion gives in to his demands far too easily. And Isabel - she is just as a bad as she sounds - a snob who thinks the poor should not mix with the rich. But nothing happens to her even when she does bad things. It just seems like the book keeps preaching about having faith and that if you're a good person, you should not think badly of others. Marion has doubts, lots of them and she also thinks she shouldn't associate with rich people either - that kind of thinking just makes me sad but this was set in the not so modern days so I suppose such thinking is normal. So there is a happy ending but it seems to me things just got resolved far too easily but I like the writing, I like the story and I enjoyed it. 

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02 | The Fire Rose (The Elemental Masters series) by Mercedes Lackey > link
The Fire Rose is book 0.5 of the Elemental Masters Book, so technically, it's the 1st book but probably they should just said it's the 15th book so not to confuse people. Frankly, I don't quite understand the idea of putting a book at 0.5 listing although in the Amazon website, it does say this is the first book. All the books in this series are separate stories so you don't have to read all the books to know what happens which I always appreciate in book series.

Anyway, this is a sort of Beauty and the Beast retelling but with magic which frankly, there isn't a lot of it in this book. That Paul DuMond character, wow, I really didn't like reading his point of view — he is as far as villains go, quite vile. I prefer Rosalind's perspective the most. The beast character Jason Cameron, not a bad guy but I think he's a bit egotistic but he's kind though I'm still not sure if I like his character. I really enjoyed reading this book but the ending seems a bit rushed. I get what happened but still, a little more story at the end would have been nice.

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03  | The Light Princess by George MacDonald > link
This is a short fairytale story. It's written kind of like someone telling a story to a child, sometimes the words are for young children and sometimes it seems to be written for adults. There is singing, lyrics that is, which I don't care for. But it's a decent tale though I don't care much for any of the characters especially the light princess - since she has no gravity, this also means she has no seriousness about life? I don't know. There's a joke about how angels can laugh at themselves because they are light and can fly, that kind of apply to this light princess — she laughs a lot and never sobers up unless she is in the water. I guess the water weights her down though it does not explain why she is sober in the water. Overall, a delightful tale. There is no actual book cover since it's a short tale and I got it free from Project Gutenberg here. The painting above represents a scene in the story but I don't know who the artist is.

04 | Drops of Gold by Sarah M. Eden > link
I saw this at Lark's blog and it sounded good so I read it and it was good. Sometimes you want a short, sweet story and this is a short, sweet story though I really dislike that there are so many coincidences in this story but I can ignore them. I sort of don't like the final reveal of who (the protagonist) Mary Wood really is, that just seems a bit much but there is a happy ending even if it feels like it took forever to get there though the book is short.  I enjoyed it quite a lot. This is a novella and a romance, by the way.

05 | The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell > link
This is a non-fiction which I do not read a lot of. But after reading this book, I now know I can never be a bookseller but I still like the idea of owning a book store or bookshop. This book is about book shops around the world sprinkled throughout with little fun facts and notes about bookshops and stuff that you might never know. Of course I have already forgotten a lot of what I read but I do remember one of the booksellers carrying his baby on his chest and saying 'You have to start them young.' Campbell writes really well. I think I enjoy it more when she is the narrator and not other authors telling tales of their bookshop and book reading experiences. This is a book to thoroughly enjoy at the wonderment of bookshops and booksellers and also to celebrate the love of books.

Read any good book lately? Do share in the comments.

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    1. @ Christine: Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  2. I have trouble catching up on my reading too, I'm a slower reader than I used to be and by the time I finish reading blogs there's no much of my day left for books unless I don't watch any TV after dinner. I always read the newspaper before I turn on the computer and do the newspaper crosswords too.

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    1. @ River: There are a lot of distractions aside from books but I seem to be distracted even without tv shows and newspapers.

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  3. I haven't read any of these - thanks for the heads up.
    I read from most genres and also read a lot of non-fiction.
    I recently finished The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife an brief account of his life caring for the ravens at the Tower of London. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: I don't read a lot of non-fiction, I get easily bored by them for reasons I do not know. The Ravemaster sounds interesting and kind of like a fantasy.

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  4. My favorite recent read was A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martin. I loved it.

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    1. @ mshatch: I just check out A Memory Called Empire and it sounds intriguing but I don't think it's for me but I am glad you loved it.

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  5. Only read large print books and usually can't find ones I want in library. :(

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    1. @ nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing: That's is so sad. But maybe one day, there will be more large print books in your library.

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  6. My reading has been kinda slow too lately. I was blaming the holidays but those are over now. oops. Anyway I think I've read a Mercedes Lackey book but it's been a while, I know she's written a ton.

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    1. @ Greg: I think we all go through slumps in our reading but we shouldn't feel bad about it. The fire rose is the only Mercedes Lackey I have ever read but I have checked that she has indeed written a ton of books, some of which, I'll probably read.

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  7. Wow! I haven't read Grace Livingston Hill in forever, and haven't even seen any of her books around! Kudos to you. Starting the end of the year my reading has started to pick up some, because there are some great suspense novels out there. I still prefer print books however, and don't know what I'd do if they stopped making them. But I also have to admit that Netflix has been calling my name these days.(lol)

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    1. @ Ro: I have not heard of Grace Livingston Hill until someone on youtube mentioned the crimson rose book but I really enjoy her writing.

      I don't think print books will ever go out of style. I don't worry about that, what I worry about is how expensive they will become.

      I don't have Netflix but I'm quite distracted by Youtube. I don't know what it is, I see one video and then the next thing I know, I've spent hours watching videos there, even lame movies make me watch. I'm quite glad I do not have Netflix because if I did, I'll be watching way too much and get nothing done.

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  8. Hey, I also sent you an email! Hugs, RO

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    1. @ Ro: I have replied to your email.

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