Books, General

January | Wrap Up

I know, I know, it’s March and I am only just getting around to writing a January wrap post. In my defence, I was immersed in read and seeing friends and I kinda forgot that I hadn’t done one until I started to write one for February. Yes, I could probably have linked them together in one, but I didn’t and so here we are, over a month late. It’s a shame really, because I took part in Bout of Books and 24in48 readathon and actually managed to read a lot of books that covered a lot of challenges and broadened my horizons some what.

I have already posted my wrap for February, which you can check out here!

In January, I read 13 books amounting to 3507 pages, including 1 re-read (marked by *).

I read 12 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book, a mix of YA, Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Fantasy, Mental Wellness, Comics/Graphic Novels, Dystopian, short stories, classics and Historical Fiction

By Format, I read 4.5 Audiobooks, 3 paperbacks, 3.5 eARC/eBooks and 2 Comic/Graphic Novel.

The average rating was 3.9/5 Stars for all of the books that I read in January.

Seafire | Natalie C. Parker

Dates Read: 01 Jan 19 – 03 Jan 19

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year

Review: I enjoyed it immensely. I like the characters, I believe in their plight and their power…read the full review here.

The Last Romeo | Justin Myers

Dates Read: 21 Dec 18 – 05 Jan 19

Format: eARC/eBook

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year/Book Riot Read Harder

Review: This is a funny and enjoyable read that I would 100% recommend to anyone and everyone…read the full review here.

Happier Thinking | Lana Grace Riva

Dates Read: 06 Jan 19

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year/Book Riot Read Harder/Just One More Pa(i)ge

Review: Do yourself a favour, and those around you? Take a break from daily life to think about making your thought processes happier…read the full review here.

The Bloody Chamber & Other Short Stories | Angela Carter

Dates Read: 03 Jan 19 – 07 Jan 19

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year/Book Riot Read Harder

Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #3 |  V E Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri, and Enrica Angiolini

Dates Read: 08 Jan 19

Format: Comic

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Book Riot Read Harder

Review: The story is naturally brilliant. The format is perfect for Maxim’s tale…read the full review here.

These Rebel Waves | Sara Raasch

Dates Read: 09 Jan 19 – 13 Jan 19

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year

Review: The book itself features all of the good things that I like. It has adventures, piracy, politics, magics, double crossing, jail breaks, plotting…read the full review here.

Dating You Hating You | Christina Lauren*

Dates Read: 15 Jan 19 – 17 Jan 19

Format: Audiobook/eBook

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year

Review: It has good characters and recognisable tropes, and delves in to the world of work and job safety than most twenty-somethings face…read the full review here.

The Charmed Life of Alex Moore | Molly Flatt

Dates Read: 05 Jan 19 – 19 Jan 19

Format: eARC/eBook

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year/Book Riot Read Harder

Review: It is clear that this book was simply not for me…read the full review here.

Gentleman Sinner | Jodi Ellen Malpas

Dates Read: 19 Jan 19 – 20 Jan 19

Format: eARC/eBook

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year

Review: This book is everything I like to see and loathe to see in a contemporary new adult book all wrapped into one…read the full review here.

The Power | Naomi Alderman

Dates Read: 15 Dec 18 – 26 Jan 19

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year

Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen

Dates Read: 19 Jan 19 – 26 Jan 19

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year

Review: Reading this has simultaneously changed and cemented how I feel about Austen…read the full review here.

The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi

Dates Read: 25 Jan 19 – 26 Jan 19

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Around the Year

Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #3 |  V E Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri, and Enrica Angiolini

Dates Read: 26 Jan 19

Format: Comic

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Challenge(s): Book Riot Read Harder

Review: The magic is really well shown and drawn and the comics themselves are rich and incredible to read….read the full review here.

I’ve read some great books this month, but the ‘Books of the Month’ for January were…

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch/Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I told you I had quite a strong reading month. I think this is probably why I actually feel like February wasn’t as strong. I know realistically I always start the year well. There are lots of readathons, everyone is feeling the January Blues and financial hardships and so we cut back and stay in. It’s cold and dark, so it’s much more enjoyable to curl up with a good book. And it shows, I read a lot, I read diversely, and I read with others, all of which was awesome.

How has 2019 gone for you so far? What did you read?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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