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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

January Recap



Totals: 18 books, 7688 pages


Best of the month:


This is hard, because I read some great books this month!


The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann was a great historical fiction read, well-researched, fun to read, building to a ripping finish. I also loved And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard because she writes so beautifully, Emily Beam was a delightful character, and she wove the poems into the story with what appeared to be effortless proficiency. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis was a bit on the long side, but her treatment of the middle ages was fantastic. I had a love/hate relationship with Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It was a shocking and intense read, and I am left bewildered and amazed at her skill as a writer. I cannot imagine how anyone could find Wuthering Heights romantic, but I know that I will never forget reading it.


Worst of the month:


Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley. For further discussion, you can read my review on booklikes, here.


Progress on Challenges:


Back to the Classics:

Category completed: A classic by a woman author - Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte


The Bronte Project:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte


The Classics Club

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


The C.S. Lewis Project

Prince Caspian
Voyage of the Dawn Treader


A Century of Books:

1950 - A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
1964 - A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
1985 - Henrietta's War by Joyce Dennys