From 10th January – 10th February I took part in the latest round of the Medieval-A-Thon, created and hosted by Holly Hearts Books! I decided to pursue the Clergy Profession, and you can take a look at my TBR here.
I read five books in total during Medieval-A-Thon and three of them fitted prompts for my profession, so I have ended the readathon as both a princess and a priest. Natural combo.
Read an underrated book
I strayed away from my TBR but still picked up another NetGalley read from my winter TBR and read Diana Pinguicha’s A Curse of Roses. It ended up only being a 2 star read for me, and yet there was still a lot about it–particularly its exploration of Catholicism–that I really appreciated. As it’s a retelling of a miracle, it seemed like a fitting read for the Clergy Profession!
Read a book about books
I strayed away from my TBR again and this time picked up another book that’s been on my TBR for almost seven years, which is ridiculous. Lamentation is the sixth book in C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series, a series of historical crime novels set in Tudor England, and follows Matthew as he is employed by Catherine Parr to search for a missing book. This is another novel that fits the Clergy quite nicely, though, as Matthew once again finds himself caught in the middle of the ongoing battle between Catholics and Protestants in the 16th century.
Read a book with a person on the cover
I finally picked up Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire in January, which has been on my TBR for over two years now, and I’m glad I read it at long last. Unfortunately I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would, but I’m still glad I read it and it was very satisfying to cross another book off my physical TBR. I’d love to make a dent in my backlist this year!
Outside of my profession prompts, I also read The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers and The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo and enjoyed them both. Becky Chambers remains my favourite sci-fi author, I love everything she does, and even though it didn’t fit any of the prompts, The Lives of Saints still felt like a fitting read while pursuing the Clergy Profession.