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!
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!
- 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.
- 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.