My January Wrap Up

Yes, I read a LOT of books this month. 22 to be exact. And nope, it wasn’t the only thing I did in January haha. I realised that I was wasting a lot of my time and decided to reorganise my life a little bit. Instead of watching too much Netflix in the evenings or the weekends, I went to bed early and read. Instead of checking out Youtube on my lunch breaks, I read. And instead of dozing in the mornings, I read. All of that worked out to at least a few hours extra reading time every day, and as I’m a fast reader anyway, this happened!

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Books I LOVED 

  • Talking as Fast as I Can. Mainly because it was written by Lauren Graham and as I am such a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan, her sections on the show, both original and revival were my favourite parts.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic. WHY has it taken me so long to read this?! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
  • The Problem with Forever. Jennifer L Armentrout is one of my favourite authors and how she manages to write so well across genres always impresses me. This is a (at times heartbreaking) contemporary which I really recommend, although it needs a trigger warning as it covers abuse.
  • The One Memory of Flora Banks. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this new YA contemporary with suspense but it blew me away! Brilliantly unique and twisty, I really recommend this one.
  • Nevernight. Woah this was insane. An instant new favourite, it took me about 100 pages to get into it and then…woah. It was so so good guys. SO GOOD!!
  • The Star Touched Queen. A lovely gift from one of my besties, I was so excited to finally read this and the lyrical storytelling was every bit as much of a delight as I hoped it would be!
  • My Life Next Door. I didn’t expect much from this YA contemporary, I thought it would be cute and light and that was what I was in the mood for. However, it packed some serious twists in it and I was hooked the entire way.
  • Homegoing. More than just a brilliantly written book, an important book. I can’t recommend it enough, you can check out my review here.
  • The Wrath and the Dawn. I buddy read this with Christine for the 4th time and I loved it as much as I first did! One of my faves.
  • Breakwater. The second book in The Mer Chronicles, it was a great continuation of the story. Read this for a fresh interpretation of sirens! You can check out my review here. 
  • Frenchman’s Creek. I buddy read this with Hira and loved it! I’ve read other books by Daphne Du Maurier before so knew I liked her writing style, but the story was brilliant. I recommend this author for fans of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters!
  • Freeks. Omg I did not expect to love this book as much as I did! Set in small town Louisiana, in the 1980’s, this is a YA magical realism standalone about a travelling carnival. And it is well worth a read!

 

Disappointments 

  • Frostblood was a bit of a disappointment for me! You can check out my review here. I found it too derivative and lacking in originality for me to get invested in the series.
  • To my surprise, I was very disappointed in The Bone Season! I was convinced I was going to love this book, but, sadly, I really didn’t! I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series.

 

The Rest 

  • Alienated was a fast, light read for me! It was more of a contemporary with an alien in it than a true Sci-Fi in my opinion but it was just fun reading. Nothing too spectacular but enjoyable.
  • Windwitch. I’d give it 4/5 stars as I think I preferred Truthwitch, but I love this series and can’t wait for Bloodwitch already!
  • The Adventurous Four. I loved Enid Blyton as a child and now and then it’s fun to reread an old favourite!
  • Summer with Love. Sarah Morgan is one of my favourite romance novelists and her books always deliver. Cute, fun and saucy, they’re perfect light reading.
  • Apple Turnover Murder. The series Murder She Baked by Joanne Fluke is a guilty pleasure for me and I’m slowly reading my way through them! A cosy mystery with yummy recipes.
  • The Lonely Hearts Travel Club: Thailand and India. These two contemporaries were described as if “Bridget Jones went Backpacking” and that tells you all you need to know really! So much fun!
  • Wishbones. This new YA contemporary was really good. It’s more one for younger YA readers-the MC is 14-15, which I found more difficult to read, but it was sweet and full of heart. Trigger warning for eating disorders with this book.
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17 Comments Add yours

  1. matxi_books says:

    22 books!!!! That’s crazy!!! haha I love to read but I still can’t not binge-watch whows and movies at night… I just like to lay down there like a zombie!haha
    I’ve heard such good things about the bone season trilogy that I am sorry you were disappointed by it. I really want to read Homegoing and The one memory of Flora Banks, they sound promising!! Oh and I really enjoyed Lauren Graham’s book, although I wanted more, she is so refreshing and fun!!

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    1. Haha I know the feeling! Crashing out is the best! And yes, same here, but I seem to be in the minority haha. Homegoing and the One Memory of Flora Banks were sooo good, I hope you like them too! And I agree, there can never be too much of Lauren Graham ☺️🙌

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      1. matxi_books says:

        Letting you know that I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award!! 😊😋😊
        You can see it here! https://matxibooks.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/blogger-recognition-award/

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      2. aww wow! Thank you SO much my lovely, that’s so nice! 😘💕

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      3. matxi_books says:

        It’s well deserved!! 😊😊

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  2. Tyler Wright says:

    I keep seeing people complain about not having time to read because of this, or that.

    When you said, ” Instead of watching too much Netflix in the evenings or the weekends, I went to bed early and read. Instead of checking out Youtube on my lunch breaks, I read. And instead of dozing in the mornings, I read. All of that worked out to at least a few hours extra reading time every day,” I was so glad that i found somebody who made time instead of complaining about not having any.

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m so glad you took the time to read this 😘 And I agree, although I am lucky to have a certain amount of free time, I do make a big effort to spend more time reading! 🙊 I’ll definitely check our page out!

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  3. Wow, so many books!!😱 I totally feel the same way about The bone season. I was really dissapointed too!

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    1. Ah that weirdly makes me so happy I’m not the only one! 😅

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  4. Wooooah, congratulations.
    I so agreed with your mini-review of Flora Banks and Frostblood — exactly the same thoughts xD

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    1. Thanks! And it’s great to know I’m not the only one who wasn’t a fan of Frostblood!

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  5. You read so many books!!! How did you read so much in a month?!

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    1. By cutting down on other things! 😂

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      1. Yeah I can’t do that 🙂

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      2. Aw that’s a shame!

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