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Best Books: January 2022


January was pretty average reading month for me - I read five books, and I'd have to say that all of them were pretty good! I didn't read quite as much as I would've liked, but I didn't get too far behind so I'm fine with it.

Like I said, every book I read was decent, but there was definitely a stand-out. When I first started this book (I did the audio book version), I was so confused by what was going on that I stopped listening for awhile. But once I just let the book wash over me, I fell in love. It was...

Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin! This is a truly odd and hallucinogenic book. A woman named Amanda is on her deathbed, and as she lays dying she's asked by a boy named David to recount the events leading up to the present moment, to solve the mystery of how she got here. 

The way Schweblin writes makes you, the reader, feel like you're in the midst of a fever dream yourself. It's hazy, strange, and the relationship between Amanda and David fells downright bizarre. It isn't clear until later in the novel exactly what is happening, and it creeps up on you like, well, a bad dream.

Anyway, I thought it was brilliant. It's the type of book that won't leave me for a long time, and that I want to read again because I'm sure there were clues I missed.

Other books read: Agatha Raisin and Vicious Vet - Beaton; Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener - Beaton; Migrations - McConaghy; Constance - FitzSimmons.