What I Read in January

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. I’m re-reading the series, for the first time in way too long. There’s something so cozy & wintry about these books; the ideal way to read them is obviously in a comfy armchair with a hot chocolate. Bonus points if it’s snowing outside. For now I’m focusing solely on the books and trying to just enjoy the warmth & nostalgia, but after I finish my re-read I’ll probably revisit some of my favorite episodes of the fantastic podcast Witch Please. I am also eagerly awaiting the Binge Mode Harry Potter series!

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. Well, this sure was a book and I sure did read it. I didn’t give it a star rating on Goodreads, which is how you know I was feeling ambivalent about the experience. The writing was evocative and sometimes beautiful. The characters were deeply unlikeable and frustrating. I would probably read another thing by this author.

Total Cat Mojo: Everything You Need to Know to Care for Your Favorite Feline Friend, by Jackson Galaxy. My friends bought me this for my birthday and I surprised myself by devouring it in like 3 days. I’ve read a handful of books on cat behavior, but this was the most useful by far. I’ve already incorporated some of what I learned from it, and I was truly surprised & delighted by some of the things I didn’t know. There were places where I could’ve used more details, and it was repetitive in some ways, but I think that’s understandable for a book that’s striving to do as much & be as useful as this one does and is. I know I’ll turn to it with my cat questions, at least whenever it’s not being borrowed by a cat-loving friend.

Abbott #1 by Saladin Ahmed. It is extremely cool that you can count single issues of comics as books on Goodreads, this is going to help my 2018 read count a lot! And I didn’t know this before because this is my first ever single-issue. I even subscribed to it through my local comic shop! I’m so excited!! Anyway this story rules so far and I can’t wait for the next installment. It’s especially dreamy to see 1970s Detroit in the beautiful artwork. You can see what I mean, and read an excerpt, here.

Up next: continuing and maybe finishing my Harry Potter re-read; new releases The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory & Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh; #Abbott #2The Turner House for book club; hopefully some other surprises. 📚