Whatcha Reading? January 2022

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January is officially over so it's time for the first WHATCHA READING? of 2022! Below Team OwlCrate has shared a few of their favorite books from the past month.

If you read something awesome this month let us know in the comments!

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa

Who doesn't adore a book about books? The Cat Who Saved Books truly celebrates literature. It features a talking cat and a grieving boy, who together go on adventures to rescue books from their neglectful owners. Translated from Japanese, this quick little fable will warm any booklovers heart.




Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline

Hunting by Stars is the sequel to The Marrow Thieves, so I don't want to say too much save that it's fantastic. If you haven't read The Marrow Thieves yet, run don't walk to your nearest bookstore/library and pick it up! In this world most people in have lost the ability to dream, save for the Indigenous people of North America, and it seems to be the very marrow of their bones that holds the key.

It's a tale of survival and hope, but also examines the horrors of the residential school system that is still very much felt today. These books are must reads!

— Cori

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Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

I absolutely adored this cozy and whimsical story all about life, love and loss. The book follows Wallace, a disgruntled ghost who has recently passed away and what happens when he ends up at a tea shop run by a ferryman tasked with helping spirits cross over to the afterlife. T.J. Klune has such a great way of writing found families full of lovable and unique characters - I just wanted to be friends with them all! And the tea shop setting was incredible - it felt like a real place I wish I could visit. This was the perfect read for me this month, during a time when I was seeking comfort.

— Korrina

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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Romance novels are my personal favorite types of books to read before bed or on a Sunday afternoon. I find that style very relaxing, and I almost always end up learning something or relating to the main character in some way. The second I saw the cover I knew I'd love The Love Hypothesis, and I was right. Olive and Adam have such a great dynamic, and I loved following their journey. I have already recommended this to a few of my friends, and they ended up loving it too!


— Jaclyn

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A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King

For superhero comic book fans. This was not what I expected but I am also loving it - full disclosure, I have about 80 pages left. It’s a multi-perspective story about the heroes of Arcadia City who sacrificed their powers to save the world and how they are coping in the aftermath. As he was out of the game at the time, there is only one hero who still has his powers - though, while striving to live a normal married life, he has pretty much been living without them anyway. As a new threat arrives, the powerless heroes must band together to stop it. Each chapter is set up like a comic book issue, complete with crossovers, and I love Tom King’s original characters. I’ve never read anything like this before.

Veronica Mars: The-Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Talk about nostalgic! I recently read both Veronica Mars novels back to back and loved being back in Neptune with familiar characters and vibes. The books take place after Season 3 and the movie and we meet some characters who will appear in Season 4. The cases Veronica takes on are solid and I feel they would have been excellent 3-episode arcs.

In book one we celebrate spring break in Neptune with a couple of kidnappings, and book two gives us scandal at the Neptune Grand. If you are a fan of Veronica Mars, these are a must read but I think a non-fan can still enjoy them. Definitely adult-content crimes (maybe check content warnings before reading) with lots of twists and that classic Veronica wit.

— Crystal

What great books have you read lately? Let us know!

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