January 2019 Wrap Up

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Overall January was a bit of a disappointing month for me, I wasn’t in the mood to really read a whole lot. I’m kind of feeling like I’m in a reading slump which is understanding and expected after reading 200 books last year. Id probably be more worried if I wasn’t burnt out. I’ve been spending some time just trying to take it easy and focus on recharging. I’ve watched more TV this month then I have in a long time, despite that I’ve managed to read a handful of books this month so let’s talk about them.

Roomies
by Christina Lauren
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ugh I’m so conflicted about this, on one hand I really enjoyed a lot of this, but on the other hand I cringed a lot while reading this, so many of the events were awkward and the main character was so passive in her own life and it didn’t work for me. There was a lot of humor and I did laugh a lot but I just don’t think that some of the tropes were for me.

Muse of Nightmares
by Laini Taylor
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

By far this is probably my favorite book I’ve read this month, I adored this sequel, this is my new standard for sequels. I wrote out a full review which you can view here.

Record of a Spaceborn Few
by Becky Chambers
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m so sad that I didn’t like this, I loved the first two books in this trilogy, but this book fell flat to me and there wasn’t much to really connect it to the other two stories in the trilogy. That being said, I’m excited to see what Becky has lined up for us next.

The Girl in the Tower
by Katherine Arden
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m so glad that I finally read this, it was so good and I cant believe that I haven’t read the third book yet but I will very soon.

In An Absent Dream
by Seanan McGuire
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Another favorite read of January and I have another review posted (two reviews in one month?! Who even am I??) that you can check out here for more thoughts/gush

Queen of Air and Darkness
by Cassandra Clare
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I finally read this! Yay me!
I honestly didn’t care for it as much as other Cassie Clare books. A couple of the characters fell flat for me, and it was just missing something, not sure what but I cannot wait until the Wicked Powers with Kit and Ty.

Drums of Autumn
by Diana Gabaldon
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m off to a good start on my goal to catch up on Outlander, I was pretty satisfied with the story overall, I loved just about everything with Brianna’s storyline, I cried a couple times. I have two negatives though, one with Diana and one with historical fiction overall. My problem with Diana is that there is always an attempted rape scene and I’m over it 110%, here’s to hoping that there isn’t one in book 5. My issue with historical fiction overall is the reference to Native Americans as savages. Like with the rape scenes it is not needed and I’m 110% over it. Especially in this because the English referred to the Scots as savages so since Jamie was called a savage by the English and didn’t like it maybe he could take that and not call Native Americans savages.

What If Its Us
by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I read this for the 24 in 48-hour readathon and enjoyed it well enough, I really liked the beginning with the meet-cute which was adorable, the middle, however, fell a bit flat for me because there was so much back and forth and angst. The ending was not what I wanted but what I expected after seeing Adam Silvera tweet that he wrote the final chapter and we all know that mans stance on happy endings. I think something that also tripped me up while reading was that a big part of my brain was busy dissecting which parts Becky wrote vs parts that Adam wrote and just trying to pick those parts out. I couldn’t simply relax and enjoy the story.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting read, but I did not love it, it was fine but sometimes the scene descriptions would be pretty dense so I would skim those or glaze over them because there were so many. A lot of the science terms and names kind of went over my head, luckily my edition had footnotes for references. I think I just wanted more dinosaurs and action.


Favorite Book of the Month: Muse of Nightmares
Least Favorite: Journey to the Center of the Earth

 

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