I'm a little surprised how much reading I was able to accomplish in January, as I felt a little slumpy. Or rather, I read quite a bit but didn't get super-excited about any new book in particular. However, I re-read some fan fiction and listened to the audio of a book I'd read previously, and all of those I loved, so there's that. I bought a new camera in January, so I've been spending some time learning how to use it -- it's my first digital SLR and it's got more bells & whistles than any of my previous cameras. That's one of my photos above.
I'm also pleased with myself that I've been blogging at a more regular pace than in previous years. In chronological order, here is what I read:
3. The Best Revenge, parts I and II by Arsinoe de Blassenville. My disappointing fiction made me turn to fan fiction, and this story doesn't disappoint. What if Severus Snape had been Harry Potter's first contact in the magical world? This novel-length work eliminates the Gryffindor and Slytherin biases from the original series, while still keeping most of the key players firmly in character. Harry gets sorted into Hufflepuff, Hermione into Ravenclaw, Draco into Slytherin, and Neville into Gryffindor, and these four, plus Harry's Hufflepuffian cohort create ickle firstie mischief.
here. I liked a lot about this epistolary book but felt it would have been SO much better at half the length, or with some actual character development, or something. This felt like the literary equivalent of a brilliant SNL sketch that got expanded into a full length film -- great material stretched far too thin.
9. Survivors by Dyce. This is a novella-length work of Harry Potter fan fiction (probably about 75 pages, so I'm counting it) set after the war. It's the development of a friendship between Hermione and Snape, then a gradual romance, inspired in part by Jane Eyre. Fluffy but good.
here. If you loved Harold Fry (and I really did), you should definitely read this one, but if the first one left you wondering what all the fuss was about, this one won't clear it up for you.
Eleven books isn't bad, but only one of them (the Toni Morrison) qualifies for a spot on my diversify-your-life shelf, and only one of them is non-fiction. What about you, gentle reader? What delighted or surprised or disappointed you in your January reading?