Hello friends and happy Sunday!
Another month is over and a new one is beginning. I can understand February ending quickly because it is the shortest month so it’s like we just fast forward during all of that. But it’s still crazy that we’ve got two months under our belt in 2019 already. Anyways, as we know my Reading Challenge isn’t as extravagant as it was last year so I’m trying to take my time and be chill with it, but I’m still doing a lot better than I expected. I’m not reading like 20 books a month but I’m keeping up my normal pace and honestly that’s all I can ask for! I think this year’s challenge is going to be quite the satisfactory one.
Last month, my average was about 6 books, including one reread, which again I’m happy with. This month, that number creeped up a teeny tiny bit and I read a total of 8 books with 2 completed rereads. That’s not bad! Anytime I manage to read over 7 books is a win for me. I do wish I was getting my rereading numbers up, since I want to reread 50 books, but maybe once the new reads are out of the way I can have more time for rereading. I’ll figure it out! But of my 8 new reads, I enjoyed most of them but there were two that just were not what I wanted or expected and I regret them. Not every book can be a winner. Oh well!
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – ☆☆☆☆1/2 I absolutely loved this book. It was everything I never knew I needed and it was almost like it was written for me. There were similarities to Six of Crows, but honestly it’s more of the sassier cousin to that book and is truly its own entity. I loved the history and magic of it all and the characters are outstanding. Such a perfect read.
- Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ☆☆☆☆ Yep, back at it with the JLA reads (and she’s got two more books out this year!) and this was a surprise. I had no intention to like Devlin or his book but he really changed my mind and showed me who he really was. Rosie was also a true delight and probably my favourite female lead in this series. JLA ended this series on such a high note and I loved it.
- King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – ☆☆☆☆ Ok, I know a lot of people did not like this but I thought it was great. I was happy to see Nina back in my life but Zoya was the true star of this book. I really liked the political side of everything and the characterization of Ravka in general and I’m interested to see what else Leigh has in store. Though, we still need to talk about the ending. I’m mad.
- Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart – ☆☆ I had so many problems with this one, particularly of how similar it was to other Hart books I’ve read and nothing really stood out. The characters were the same, the plot was kind of nonexistent, and nothing exciting happened. Meh.
- The Risk by Elle Kennedy – ☆☆☆☆ Long live the queen of NA. I needed this book like I needed air and boy, did it deliver. I loved Brenna when I first met her and Jake’s character was surprisingly sweet and tender, and I loved seeing their relationship develop. It wasn’t what I expected, in a good way, and it turned into something I really needed. But The Score is still my favourite.
- A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – ☆☆☆☆ This has to be the best retelling I’ve ever read, especially for this tale. Kemmerer brought so much originality to this book, really making this fairytale her own, and the way she wrote it was simply amazing. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store.
- 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ☆☆ Oh Sally Thorne, why did you write this book? I had so many problems with this one and it makes me feel terrible because The Hating Game is literally my favourite book but yeah, this one was a mess. The writing was repetitive, the characters too one-dimensional, and there was too much telling and not enough showing. Ugh.
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber – ☆☆☆☆ This was a bit of a shock for me. And by shock, I mean I read it in 24 hours and I can’t remember the last time I just plowed through a YA book like this. The magic was addictive, the characters so intriguing and deep, and the twists just kept coming. I’m mad it took me this long to read it but it was absolutely worth the wait.
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
As of March 3, I am 28% done my Reading Challenge. I have read 14 out of 50 new books, and have also reread 2 books. At this rate, I’ll be done by June.
Currently, I am reading Legendary by Stephanie Garber and rereading Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, because I love the Covenant series so much.
Until next time,
What was your favourite read of the month? Leave a comment below!