By Fay Clark

NEW YEAR WRAP UP TIME. I love starting the year off with a great list of books. These challenges helped me pick some amazing reads and I can not wait to tell you about them. If you ever want to keep up live feed style, you can catch it all on our Instagram @FanUniverses.

Challenge 1 - Read the newest book you purchased - The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer. This was a totally random pick for me. I got this book because I thought the cover was beautiful and the premise sounded super interesting. Space groundhog day but with an epic sci-fi twist, oh and gay. I had no idea what I was in for, and yet this is probably one of the best books I've read in a while. I loved every second of this⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 2 - Read a book you wanted to finish by the end of 2021, but didn't get the chance - Spiderman; Miles Morales, Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris. Well, this one was a great choice. I love Mile Morales and I'm so glad people are finally waking up and seeing him for the awesome Spiderman he is. This book was super action based and was based just after Miles got his powers. Peter Parker was still around mentoring Miles and all of those interactions made me so happy! Very well paced and written. ⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 3 - Read the next book in a series that you have started, or start a new series - Rage by Cora Carmack. I'll be honest, there are a lot of books I could have read for this prompt. I am however, very happy that I continued with this series. It's a political coup, magical fantasy series called the "Stormheart" series. Royals have the magical abilities to tame wild magical storms. The only problem is the Princess has non of these abilities and has to keep this a secret if she wants to keep her kingdom safe. The sequel was slightly better paced I feel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 4 - Read a book that you started, but never finished. Go give it another chance - The Black Hawks by David Wragg. Another DnD-esk book, sign me up. I started this one in Sept of 2021 and realised I wasn't really in the mood for a heavy fantasy setting at the time. I am so glad I went back to this though. It was fast paced and funny. The DnD aspect was very prevalent in the plotline and the characters. I can totally see this as a fun campaign storyline. The characters were so much fun and well rounded. The plot twist at the end was definitely something a cruel DM would come up with. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 5 - Read our pick of the Month from Steve (his wife Jacqui) - The Much is True by Miriam Margolyes. My goodness what a fantastic read. I don't normally pick up autobiographies, but I am very glad I did. Miriam has let such an interesting life, and she manages to tell you about it in the funniest way. There are some heavier subjects and themes touched upon, but those are necessary as everyone deals with good and bad in their life. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Well, this turned out to be a great reading month for me! I loved all of the books I read and gave most of them very high ratings and praise. What an amazing start to the year. I really hope y'all found some new favourite books from your January reads!

Book Queen Out!


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