January was a good month for reading, overall. Here is what I read.
#1: The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry
A short story by O.Henry. It’s a nice little read about a bratty child being kidnapped. The premise is good but I didn’t think the story lived up to its full potential. 3.5/5
#2: The School For Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
The second book in The School For Good and Evil series. It’s a great sequel and kept me hooked the entire time. 4.5/5
#3: Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Now this is what good children’s literature looks like. I was really impressed by this book, it does so much with a goofy premise. I loved it. 5/5
#4: Header by Edward Lee
What’s a Header? Well, it’s not something cute. I picked this up for my extreme horror fix. I thought it was…just okay. I felt there should have been more. 3/5.
#5: ‘salem’s lot by Stephen King
Embarrassingly this is my first time reading ‘salem’s lot, considered one of King’s greatest books. But turns out, I liked it, although the start of the book didn’t have me sold. The book definitely becomes extremely engaging around the middle. 4/5.
#6: The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Said to be really dark for a children’s book, and in some ways that’s true but I didn’t really think it went as far as it could have. Still well worth the read, though. 3.5/5
#7: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
I regret putting off reading this book for so long, it’s a real gem. It’s pretty graphic for a young adult novel. It’s also one of the very few truly original books you’ll find in the YA category. 5/5
#8: Edge Chronicles: Stormchaser by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
This was an amazing read, and one of the most imaginative series of all time. Too bad it’s not more popular. Makes me kind of mad. 4.5/5
#9: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Ah, Shakespeare. I enjoyed this play although I don’t like how it turns out. 3.5/5.