I really had no idea what to think going into January. I was feeling a little burned out and wasn’t really sure how much reading I would feel like doing in the new year. But I’m actually really happy with how my month went. I was just on a reading spree and the books I chose all kept me reading and the Bout of Books readathon helped as well. I really hope I can keep the desire to read up. Sometimes it goes away a bit and reading review books starts to feel a little like a chore. But there are so many exciting ones coming up for February I really don’t see that being a problem. The only real thing I’m worried about is the shorter month and how busy it’s going to be. Sometimes a good thing to help get me out of my head and not thinking and stewing so much but sometimes it becomes overwhelming when my calendar is full. So really I’m just going to hope for some good feelings and good reading in February for all of us!
Here’s what I read in January and what I hope to read this month:
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: TAE was definitely one of my favorite books I read in January. Just really interesting and unputdownable! The Hating Game is full on predictable yet enjoyable rom-com. I liked it but think the movie would be better.
Frostblood by Elly Blake and Simon Thorn and the Viper’s Pit by Aimee Carter: FB was a highly anticipated fantasy book that, for me, ended up being not as good as I had hoped. But I’m still interested in seeing where the series goes from here! Plus, the covers on these books are amazing! Simon Thorn is a great middle-grade series. I’m not a huge fan of Carter’s YA books but I’ve been really enjoying these MG fantasy books.
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist and The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine: I really disliked the MC in this one and I was hoping for more of a focus at how important looks are to our society and how that affects our relationships and pretty much everything but I felt like that was kind of glossed over. I was definitely disappointed in this one. But I did really enjoy The Cursed Queen even though I’m seeing a lot of reviews from people who didn’t. Once I got into the rhythm of the new characters, I thought it was great! I can’t wait for the last one!
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde and Long Way Home by Katie McGarry: I loved both of these books! If Queens of Geek isn’t on your radar and you’re a nerd who dreams of attending SDCC some day or you want to read more cute diverse books, check this one out! Also, LWH was a great book for Chevy and Violet’s story. And I loved how so much of the series came together in this one!
One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank and The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron: I was a little disappointed in OPS. I was hoping to like it more but I just didn’t love the characters. It was kind of a bummer. And TCitM was okay but definitely for younger readers. I found it hard to be impressed by the magic that I’m sure would awe the younger crowd .
Locke and Key Vol 4 by Joe Jill and Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan: I’m still really enjoying the Locke & Key series but I’ve been reading it slowly because I have to wait for them to come in at the library. Paper Girls Vol 1 was a good start but I was a little lost and am hoping for more explanations as to who the characters are an where they came from and how they got here and what they want to do as the series goes on. I’ll definitely be reading more of it!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: You guys are going to need to read this. It was incredible. Such an important story that needs to be told and read but also full of great characters and relationships. Plus, it’s incredibly relevant.
Killer Instinct, All In, and Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: She’s coming near me in February and while I’ve read and loved her Fixer series, I’d also love to have this one finished by the time I go see her as well.
Wintersong by J. Jae-Jones and To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough: I’ve already started Wintersong and I’m liking it but I had to put it aside so I could finish the Barnes series before seeing her. I’m looking forward to reading more of this, though! And TCaK sounds really good but kind of intense.
Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas and #famous by Jilly Gagnon: I really liked Because You’ll Never Meet Me so I’m really looking forward to seeing where Ollie and Moritz’s stories go after learning everything they did in the first book. #famous is one I’m hoping will be a cute, fun, light romance that I can just sit back with and enjoy.
Traveler by L.E. DeLano and Hunted by Meagan Spooner: I love time travel books and I can’t wait to see how it all works in this book! Also, this new Meagan Spooner book? One of my most anticipated. Which makes me super excited to read it, but also a little nervous.
What are you guys excited to read this month?