I thought I’d try something new this month with a month end wrap up of what I’ve read, tried to read, or started on during the month of January.
During the month of January I read through nine books. Not as many as I wanted but also not shabby at all. For February I’m going to aim for ten again, hopefully I can hit it this time.
Sometimes a book really captures your attention and pulls you in. My two favorite reads for the month were:
I just can’t say enough about this book. I fell in love with it. Meyer tells the story of what happened in Wonderland before Alice and how the Queen of Hearts came to be. There is adventure, romance, danger, and a heartbreaking ending. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, have tissues because those last 100 pages are just full on ugly cry.
This work by V.E. Schwab has become one of my favorite books ever. It is part of a trilogy and I read this one and the second, A Gathering of Shadows, in less than 3 days. At around 400 pages a pop that is no small feat, at least for me. Adventure, danger, magic, and some really beautiful story telling. Pick this one up!
SeQuence quickly became my least favorite book for the month of January. It was full of weak characters with no thoughts outside of, “I love you!” and “Oh my gosh, I love you too but now must avoid you because I am emotionally immature!” Couldn’t deal with this book. Terrible.
Throwing in the Towel
Sometimes you start a book with high hopes. You want to get lost in whatever web it is weaving and leave the real world behind even if just for a little while. Occasionally the story just doesn’t grab you though and you end up throwing in the towel.
Every time I get on one of Reddit’s book boards or into Goodreads this book slaps me in the face. With it’s brilliant reviews and large fan base I figured The Lies of Locke Lamora would be a slam dunk. I was wrong. For some reason it just didn’t pull me in what-so-ever. I would pick it up and only get a few paragraphs in before I’d put it down again. By the time I put it down there had been zero female characters. Very disappointing.
I’m pretty sure failing at this one was my fault. I grabbed it from the library on a whim because the blurb at the back sounded entertaining. What I didn’t realize was that it was this book is the 12th of a series and some serious world building had occurred prior to it. The characters were walking around like you should understand their purpose already and I just didn’t. Not getting through this book is entirely on me.
Overall I think January was a pretty successful month of reading. I’m also starting February with a book I’ve been looking forward to, Caraval by Stephanie Graber, so I’m off on the right foot. How did you do this January? What were your favorites? What did you hate?