January Wrap Up

wrap up

Hey guys! Can you believe January is finally over, it feels like it lasted 74 years; but anyway, that means it’s time for a monthly wrap-up. I had meant to get this up sooner, but life had other plans for me this week since I was either working or in bed with a stomach bug off and on this week. Anyway, this was a great reading month for me since I read 12 things this month and enjoyed every one of them. I also watched a lot of movies that I want to talk about but this post is going to be long enough as it is, so I’ll probably have a movie wrap up coming in a few days.


Books

IT by Stephen King

27877138The first book that I finished this month was one that I’ve been reading off and on since October. For starters, I just feel really proud of myself for reading and finishing this damn monster of a book, and even if it took three months, I did it.

Basically if you’re not familiar with this book, it’s about this group of kids that call themselves “the losers club” in the town of Derry, Maine when kids start disappearing. It follows them as kids as they try and deal with Pennywise and it also follows them 27 years later as adults when they go back to Derry to try after the disappearances start happening again.

I did really enjoy this book; but I do think that it definitely could have been like 200 to 300 pages shorter. The middle of this book hugely felt like a drag and that’s one of the reasons why it took me so long to finish it. Although, I loved the characters in this novel and they kept me reading because I was so invested with them and I was dying to know what was going to happen to them. I did really like how it switched back and forth between them as kids and them as adults. Sometimes it even happened mid-sentence which was kind of confusing at first (because I listened to the audiobook) but it was still an interesting way to go about telling the story.

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

42419544The next book that I read this book was Shadow of the Fox and I picked this one up mostly because I needed a new audiobook to listen to. Though I will say that the audiobook is probably not the way to consume this story; because truthfully I found myself confused at times and having to re-listen to parts. That being said I did overall enjoy my time with this story and these characters.

This novel is all about Yumeko, a half kitsune who has been tasked to deliver a scroll to another temple in order to keep it safe and Tatsumi, who has also been tasked with taking the scroll for the shadow clan. Truthfully, I don’t 100% know how I feel about this book and I’ll probably have to reread to fully grasp some of my thoughts. But it was fun and enjoyable and I had a good time.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

18659623My next read of the month was the start of my winter biannual bibliothon tbr and to be honest, it was definitely not my favorite thing ever. Truthfully, I don’t even know what exactly this book was about.

It’s a horror graphic novel that combines a bunch of stories together; but that’s really all I took from it. I didn’t know much about what was going on half of the time and I didn’t really care much. Although, the art style was interesting and beyond creepy.

 

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

36381091The next book I picked up was also part of the bibliothon and that was The Cabin at the End of the World. I picked this up really on a whim because I heard Gabby over on gabbyreads on youtube rave about it. So I thought I’d check it out. Besides it’s pretty short so I though it a readathon would be the perfect time to read it.

This is pretty much a thriller novel where this family gets attacked in their vacation cabin. It follows this gay couple, Eric and Andrew and their daughter, Wen. I was really surprised with this book. I didn’t really expect much going into it but I’m super happy with it. The Cabin at the End of the World was unlike any other book I’ve read. I also loved that the main couple was a m/m couple because you don’t really get to see that a lot in books. Especially with thrillers. And I would totally and completely die for Andrew and Eric and their happiness.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

5The next book that I picked up was none other than the Prisoner of Azkaban. Really what can I say about Harry Potter at this point that every one doesn’t already know?

I’m just super enjoying my re-read of these books. Especially since I have also decided to rewatch each book after I finish the book. It’s been a great few weeks so far and I can’t wait to continue it (well maybe I’ll change my mind once the later movies start annoying me because of how bad they are).

I will say though that my hatred for Snape has returned tenfold after rereading this book and I just can’t believe people actually like him.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

32620332I decided to re-read this book during the bibliothon because I have been dying to read it again and the readathon gave me the perfect excuse to do so.

This book follows Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood actress through the prime of her life; how she made it to Hollywood and every decision she made and husband she married along the way.

Evelyn Hugo is still probably one of my all time favorite characters ever. She’s just so raw and authentic and feels real and is a bisexual queen and I will just recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

37569318The next book I picked up was the group book for the bibliothon and tbh, I was kind of disappointed with this book. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book – I just had a lot of expectations because the premise sounds really intriguing and a lot of it just fell flat for me.

Basically this is set in a world where whenever a new empress is needed, girls from all over the world come to the palace to enter a competition where they have to survive four seasonal rooms. Conquer the rooms, win the prince. 

The characters were fine, aside from some of Taro’s actions (especially towards the end) that annoyed me. Also Akira kind of annoyed me from time to them. I wished there was more world building than we got and I wished we got more time with each of the seasonal rooms. I think this book should not have been a standalone or at the very least not been this short of a standalone.

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

39863269This book I was so lucky enough to get an arc from the publisher and I’m still in shock over that. Though I do already have a full review for this novel up on blog and you can check it out here if you’d like.

But this book follows Jesse and Scarlett as they’re both trying to navigate the struggles of life. Jesse is trying to fight to keep his family’s land and Scarlett is trying to come to terms with her family situation. Though I will say that if you’re looking for a light contemporary, this is definitely not the one to pick up.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

29283884I picked this up on a whim because I needed an audiobook to listening to while I was at work super damn early and then I finished it in like three days.

This book follows Monty, his best friend Percy and his sister, Felicity as they’re traveling over the world on a grand tour because he gets on with the rest of his life. The thing that I loved most about this book was the characters. Their banter, their interactions were two things that I absolutely loved.

The relationship between Monty and Percy was just so pure and I’m basically kind of trash for them right now. There were some things towards the end that rubbed me the wrong way about Monty’s actions but I can see that it came from a point of desperation. Overall, it was a fun read and I’m glad that I finally read it (especially years later when the hype finally died down).

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

10194157Shadow and Bone was the book that I pulled out of my tbr jar for the month of January and so I finally picked it up after having it on my physical tbr for over three years.

Well I think that at this point, everyone knows what the Grisha trilogy is and I’m the one late to the party. But this book follows Alina as she comes to term with the fact that she’s actually a Grisha and one of the most powerful ones at that.

I will say that I have no idea why the fandom is obsessed with the Darkling, he’s an abusive, manipulative creep who needs to stay away from Alina. And I also don’t know why everyone hates Mal.

The Spies that Bind by Ally Carter

38833011The next book that I picked up was an audiobook that I’ve been wanting to listen to since it came out. But because it’s only been on Audible and I hate audible I was putting it off. Until I found out that it was available for free time month.

This is the prequel story of how Cam, Bex and Liz met that I never really knew that I needed until I got it. This was super adorable and I loved seeing how excited Cammie was to be starting school at Gallagher. It was fun and also a fun addition to one of my favorite series.

Devil by Jordan Marie

39095911The last book I read this month was one that I read during the last two days of January. It was also one that I totally and completely picked up on a whim. I usually don’t pick up new adults books because they’re just not my thing. But I saw this for free on kindle and the synopsis made me go wtf? So I thought why the hell not.

Honestly this was fun as hell. This book follows Devil, a biker a part of the savage motorcycle club and Torrent, who’s a nun but is hiding a secret. They run into each other at a K-mart and there’s an immediate attraction.

I really loved Devil (real name Logan) and Torrent as characters and I loved their relationship. They really cared about each other but you could also tell that they wouldn’t take each other’s shit. Also the relationships between the guys in the MC were some of my favorites. I just love a ragtag team of people who don’t fit in well in other places come together to make a family. It was a fun and quick read and yeah it’s kind of smutty; but thankfully this one had a little bit of substance to it.


I also want to take a minute to do a quick check in on the goals that I set for myself for 2019. I figure that if I do it at the end of every month then I’ll actually (hopefully) do a better job at completing them.

Well I’ve started the Grisha Trilogy and I’ve finally finished IT, so I have at least one goal done and another started. So that’s a good start. I completed in the bibliothon so that’s another goal checked off.

I’m still working on the revamps that I want to do on this blog. I’m also still trying to brainstorm new url names (that’s actually way harder than you’d think). I guess I’ll get to that eventually.

Since it’s only the first month of the year, I’d say I’m doing a pretty decent job so far and I just hope that I can keep it up.


So that’s all the books that I managed to read this month. How many books have y’all read so far? Have you read any of the ones that I did? I’d love to know.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next one!

♥Laura

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