Goooooood hello, everyone! WHEW – what a month. I have had such an incredible time reading, learning and growing this month! For it being the first month of the year, I’m really proud of all of the progress I’ve made so far, really establishing my blog a bit more, becoming a more active reader, and overall improving my life!
On my TBR this month were some chunky and hefty books! Along with a general TBR, I had posted about my Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR (you can find that post here). Out of the books on my TBR of 9 books, I read 4 of them, but read 4 more books that weren’t originally on my TBR. I’m realizing that I’m definitely becoming more of a mood reader, so I think for the future, I’ll be setting MUCH looser goals for my reading that month.
The books I did read this month were pretty good! With an overall 3.7 rating for the month, which is much better than what it has been as of recent, I gave 3 books a 5-star rating, 4 books a 4-star rating, and one book a 3-star rating. You can find full reviews on my Goodreads account here!
To start off, I listened to P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (TABILB #2). In terms of the little love triangle, we meet John Ambrose McClaren, and he’s a total sweetheart, but in the end my heart is still with Peter K. I’m sure book 3 will make me think I’m a crazy person, but as of right now, #TeamPeter all the way. It definitely gave me Twilight: New Moon vibes with which “team” to pick, and although that was fun, I really appreciate the fact that it wasn’t the main focus of the story. (4/5 stars)
Next up, I read Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2). Honestly, it was a phenomenal read. Let’s gush about the fact that the SIX OF CROWS AND GRISHAVERSE WORLD IS COMING TO NETFLIX!! This is such a huge milestone and I’m so incredibly excited to see what this world looks like on screen! As for the novel itself, I was completely in my emotions, and I absolutely loved every second of it. (5/5 stars)
As part of the Biannual Bibliothon, I changed one of books I picked for challenges so I could read Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief (PJ & The Olympians). This was definitely a read to see if this book stood the test of time, and oh man, did it ever. Not only was the nostalgia a factor in my enjoyment, but the overall atmosphere and character growth is so well done, and so perfect for the age range. (5/5 stars)
Reading at the same time I was reading Percy Jackson, I was listening to Sadie by Courney Summers. This book blew me away in how it was crafted. Told in a dual perspective of real-time, and podcast, with the effects and the full cast of characters, this is probably one of the most interesting audiobooks to have listened, though the Illuminae trilogy still stays my all time favorite audiobook. However, I did feel as though the story did drag on at times, and I was really let down with the ending. Though I’m sure it was intentional, it felt very anticlimactic and I lost focus. (4/5 stars)
Continuing with the BiBib books, I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid… AND LEMME TELL YOU SOMETHIN. This book lands in my all time favorites list. There are so many fantastic elements in this novel that I can’t begin to encompass my overall joy and love for it. So much so, that I finished reading it on a flight and broke down into tears (the guy next to me did look at me funny, in case you were wondering). I really adore Evelyn Hugo, and Jenkins did such a fantastic job creating her that you would be shocked to hear that Hugo isn’t a real person, and this isn’t a real biography. (5/5 stars)
Moving forward with the last book I read for the BiBib, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1) is book number six of the month! This was my lowest rating of the month because of two things. One, it just didn’t live up to the hype. The story felt more like a prequel because of the way the world building was done. And two, the pacing felt so off! I felt like I was constantly missing something, and that really wasn’t a good mood to continue the story with. Also, superheroes? I didn’t see that as part of the plot and entire idea of it. (3.5/5 stars)
Attached to Shatter Me is the novella, Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5), which I enjoyed quite a bit more than I thought I was going to especially with the fact that Shatter Me was so underwhelming. Although with this, I do have some fears for the future of the series. Seeing things from Warner’s point of view was really interesting, and very valuable to the story, but I’m really apprehensive about what Unravel Me is going to be about. (4/5 stars)
Annnnd finally, the last book I read in January was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #1). I definitely think I enjoyed this SO much more this time around than I did my first read! I was able to appreciate the Grisha and their rankings so much more. I stay loving the Darkling as the antagonist because I love how much he challenges Alina’s morale. And, I’m not going to lie, I don’t hate Mal as much as I thought I was going to. I really appreciate his character and the kind of grounding he is for Alina. (4.5/5)
Hope you guys enjoyed this wrap up! I can’t wait for all the reads in February!