Howdy y’all! Before anything else, I’m sorry for a poor blogging performance this month. I took a hiatus just after the first week of January because of a lot of things happening of which I’ll leave it at that.
Basically, January had no chill. My academic life was in one of its busiest times in a long while and I had difficulty balancing my reading time with the time I needed to dedicate on certain academic things. Now, on to bookish stuff:
January’s book tally is 6 books read! Not a bad start for the year considering I only read 4 books last January 2015.
My True Love Gave To Me by various authors
12 short stories compiled into one Christmas-y, light and happy read. That is how I would describe this book. It became my companion through my post-holiday hangover days, and a good one at that. Each of the 12 stories are feel good and are easy reads that you could fly through. I even take all the free time I could possibly get and read on because I didn’t want to stop. It was too good and I wanted to stay in that happy reading place. This book contains a lot of relatable and cutesy stories you’ll want to read.
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
I don’t even know where to start with this one, but if I were to describe this is one phrase it would probably be that this has been an emotional roller coaster ride kind of read for me and I love it. I love this trilogy despite the different reviews and opinions there are about this. They say this is the kind of trilogy that’s either a hit or a miss. Although I would concede to the fact that Bardugo has quite a descriptive way of telling her stories, I didn’t have a problem with it nor did I feel bored whilst reading it. This is the last book in the trilogy and as much as I didn’t want it to be over, I had to read on. I cried a lot, I chuckled, I became more attached with the characters, I lost count on how many times I gasped, and so much more! Full review to come.
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I buddy read this book with a bunch of other awesome people on twitter and it was a really fun experience and a great way to interact with other people you didn’t know before. This book had its ups and downs for me being that there were some parts of which I felt that it was kind of similar to some of the YA Fantasy novels I have read before and that it was already cliche. The romance didn’t work here for me but this didn’t bother me either since this isn’t a love story. Despite having several commonalities with many books out there, there were still a lot of distinctive traits I was happy to read about. I love the premise of how people are divided and classified and how betrayal became the vital part of how the plot went, and the like. Full review to come.
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Going into this book, I wasn’t aware that this book was yet another Christmas-y one. The snow on the cover probably already suggests so but I somehow overlooked that and made presumptions of my own which turned out to be far from what you can read in this book. I thought that Lily and Dash were childhood friends who decided to give dares to each other like running across the street screaming “help!” or something, at an ordinary day. Incorrect presumptions aside, I enjoyed this book a lot. It delves more on friendship and love of which I find is suited just right for the main characters. This book could be enjoyed by all, so when in doubt, leave it to Dash and Lily to make your day better!
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
One Night At The Palace Hotel by Bianca Mori
I received a review copy of this book because I joined a blogging project called Backlist Revival Project which aims to promote novels and stories made by our fellow Filipinos. This genre is different from what I usually prefer to read, however I found myself eager to read this book and eventually enjoyed it in the end. It’s also a bit common for stories like this to come with predictability but I think ONATPH delves into topics that a lot of people could relate with especially with the premise of finding love, losing it, and finding it again in unconventional ways you never thought of. Full review here.
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Confession: I am actually still reading this but I decided to include this in this month’s wrap up since I have managed to read about 50% before the month ended. So far, I’m very intrigued of what will happen next and how certain people will transition back from how we came to know them from the first book. We also get to be introduced to new characters here of which some identities are gasp inducing, at least in my case. I’ll write a full review about this when I finish reading it.
My rating *so far*: 🌟🌟🌟
So that’s it for my January Wrap-Up. Here are books I plan to read this February:
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
How about you? How was your January? What books do you plan to read this month? 🙂
Thanks for reading. Til the next post! x