January 2019 || Wrap Up πŸ“š

Books, books, books β™₯oβ™₯

January was a great reading month for me!

Overall I read 8 books! Which I’m pretty proud of haha~


Books I Finished Up In Jan~

1. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzie Lee β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

petticoats and piracy

This was such a fun read with a wonderful host of diverse characters.

I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy this as much as A Gentleman’s Guide and I wished for more Monty and Percy than was given. However, this was a lovely, fun romp and a reminder that women are strong, even if they choose to wear frilly dresses aka me being glad that Felicity got put in her place about that!


2. A Map of Days – Ransom Riggs β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

32943032I always understand where Miss Peregrine is coming from, her life goal is basically to protect peculiars, but it was nice to see a lot of the children form some independence in this book.

There are so many new and interesting dimensions to Peculiardom that we explore in this book and I am so excited to keep learning more and more. Ransom Riggs certainly knows how to write a grand adventure that I never know where I’m going next!


3. Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

714902When I finished this book I was sobbing and wanted to cuddle my dog, but I ended up having to hug a pillow with his face on it! (Thanks Mel, if you ever see this β™₯)

This book has been on my tbr for years… YEARS! And I was blown away! Both characters had strong voices and the concept was brilliant.

Sephy and Callum’s love story makes my heart hurt. The struggles they are forced into because of their status of ‘nought’ – white and ‘cross’ – black, were so relevant even in our society now.

An Eye For An Eye – My copy has the world book day short story that falls in between book 1 and 2. It was nice to hear the voices of some other characters, and Sephy broke my heart!


4. The Calling – Kelley Armstrong β˜†β˜†

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I’m so disappointed in this book. I love Kelley Armstrong’s writing and normally I love her characters, but I hardly cared about these characters. No one seems to have a proper personality, even our main character Maya. They may have amused me at times, but they don’t feel rounded enough as people.

Nothing happened in this book. I mean, they spent three days wandering around a forest and trying to get away from the bad guys, but like nothing of import happened. We found out like 2 things that are related to the plot. And they aren’t even that interesting.

In the Darkest Powers trilogy, their powers are so integral to the plot and we see them grow from book 1, but this is so far from that.


Books I Read (whole) in Jan~

1. Darth Vader and Son – Jeffrey Brown

I read this in ebook format and it was pretty cute. I liked the art and even though some of the jokes fell a little flat, it was an amusing quick read.

186596232. Through The Woods – Emily Carroll β˜†β˜†

I keep seeing this graphic novel going around and the art that I’d seen was great… which meant my expectations were far too high. The stories are interesting and the buildup is great, but then they just stop. It’s as though they forgot to put the rest of the story in. I think this would have been a lot better if it was just one story fully fleshed out.

Disappointing!


3. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

OH. MY. GOD. THIS WAS SO GOOD!!

I’m not really into sci-fi which is why I’ve only picked this up now, but I wanted to own it mainly because of how beautiful it isΒ haha, but the plot was just as stunning, although I do think that the ending/transition could have been handled better.

Despite reading this plot through interviews, messaging, reports etc. I felt so connected to the characters and what was going on. My heart even broke for an AI! This is a genius concept!

4. Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

When I got back to uni I immediately went to Waterstones in the city centre and I bought books 2 and 3! I have my priorities sorted! haha ^^”

The amount of time that must have gone into these books blows my mind!

I really enjoyed following different characters – Hanna and Nik held their own and didn’t feel like a rehash of Kady and Ezra. Even though the events of these books were not as intense as Illuminae, I was still fully absorbed in the plot.

These books are incredibly character driven within the action and I would take a bullet for Ella Malikova!


What did you read in January? I hope you had a great reading month~

Thank you for reading! Have a lovely day~

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