January 2015 Reading Round Up

jan round up

Here’s the round up of all the books I’ve devoured in January:

Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin: Finally I’ve gotten round to reading this series and the first book did not disappoint. I find it interesting to read from a multitude of characters points of view, each chapter acting as a scene of the show and slowly building. Martin can be merciless with his plot twists which make Game of Thrones so interesting. It’s quite easy to get immersed in this intricate fantasy.

Verdict: Game of Thrones is merciless and addicting.

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi: Embroideries is a wonderful read, making you feel like you’re gossiping with a group of Iranian women who have countless stories to tell. To speak behind others’ backs is the ventilator of the heart, the author’s grandmother says and that captures the spirit of this graphic novel. Virginity( and faking it), sex and how penises are non-photogenic are some of the humorous aspects touched upon.

Verdict: Emroideries is a great, witty and hilarious read.

Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith: Bone was interesting but I wouldn’t say it was the best of graphic novels, in my opinion. It does, however, prompt you to want to find out what happens with the subsequent installments. The characters are funny and adorable which is nice.

Verdict: Bone is an average graphic novel better suited for younger readers.

Selected Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe: Having heard how Poe is the master of the macabre and eerie, I found the stories in this book to be a bit of a let-down overall. I did however, enjoy The Masque of the Red Death for the interesting personification of the plague. Other tales I found worth reading were The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat.

Verdict: These selected stories don’t really send a chill up your spine.

*George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl: This is one of my favourite Dahl books and it was enjoyable to read once again. Check out my re-read post about it!

Verdict: Please grab a copy for a refreshing and humorous break!

* Re-Read Challenge

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