Hello friends and happy Saturday!
So, it looks like January is officially over and I feel like I might’ve been stuck in a time warp because I don’t really remember anything before January. It dragged on like crazy. But since the month is over, I now get to look back on my month of reading and I feel like this month’s review is going to be quite the happy one. I think because I’m doing half the reading challenge I did last year that I get to be smarter about my reads and therefore happier. Well, at least in theory. In practice? Well, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
As I already mentioned, my reading challenge this year is half of what I did last year, meaning I’ll be reading 50 new books but I’ve also challenged myself to rereading 50 old books, since rereading is one thing that I can’t stop myself from doing. It’s a plague, really. So, every month I’ll also be talking about whatever rereads I manage to do in addition to the new reads. Sound good? Great! In the past, my “magic” number for books per month is around 7 or 8 books, so any time I manage to meet that number, I’m happy. It looks like in January I managed to read 6 new books and reread 1 old book, however a second reread is still in the works but I got distracted by the new books. So my grand total is 7 and a half? Sure, let’s go with that. I’ve been happy with pretty much all my reads thus far and I can’t wait to see what February has in store for me. (And yes, I’m using the same featured image as my Review posts because it’s so pretty.)
- Archenemies by Marissa Meyer – ☆☆☆☆ I will never stop singing Meyer’s praises because she is for sure one of the best YA authors on the market, and this series continues to prove why. The characters are amazing and the story is turning into something I am so here for and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the conclusion.
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – ☆☆☆ This book was so cute and so inspiring and uplifting. I still wish I read it before watching the movie but I enjoyed it nonetheless. We need more characters like Willowdean. Period.
- The Wicked King by Holly Black – ☆☆☆☆ This series. Wow. The twists and turns that occurred in this book almost killed me and if they didn’t, the final two chapters definitely did. I also managed to redeem Cardan, which I never saw coming, and fell even more in love with Jude and I’m absolutely obsessed with this wicked story.
- Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus – ☆☆☆ I honestly expected more from this book. I thought the overall mystery was great but the thrill was a bit lacking for me and I wished for a bit more of a connection to it all. Still a good read, but not what I hoped for.
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – ☆☆☆☆ I can’t believe it took me three whole years to finally pick this up but I’m still so happy I actually got to it. Bray’s writing is fantastic, especially for its time, and the story is one I loved wholly. I’m still convinced Gemma is just me, but in the 19th century. It’s great.
- The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan Quinn – ☆☆☆☆ I came into this book for a light, fun, trashy NA read of one of my favourite tropes and what I got was so much more. It had all this heart and humour and I could feel how genuine this story really was. I can see myself rereading this many more times in the future. It was a delightful surprise to see how meaningful this book turned out to be.
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
As of February 2, I am 14% done my Reading Challenge. I have read 7 out of 50 new books, and have also reread 1 book. One of these 7 books is a February read so I’ll be including that in next month’s review.
Currently, I am reading Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout and still rereading Jockblocked by Jen Frederick, because I missed my boy Matty so much.
Until next time,
What was your favourite read of the month? Leave a comment below!