January 2019 Wrap Up

January 2019 Wrap Up

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Welcome to the first wrap up of the new year! If you’re new to the blog, my wrap ups are related to the books I’ve read over the month; what worked and what didn’t work. I hope you enjoy it!

January worried me a little. I felt like I was doing a great job, but then a big book waylaid me over. I couldn’t believe how burnt out it made me, but I wouldn’t take back that time. It was an amazing read!

I’ve also learned that I want to incorporate more comic books and manga into my reading. They won’t be making an appearance on here often (at least not yet), but comic books were really my saving grace when I was burnt out. I think they’ll be great for evening readings or when I’m feeling the slump. They don’t require too much brain power since you have the images created for you. The stories are always intriguing and if you dig hard enough, you can find some really great reads among them.

But here’s to the January 2019 bookish wrap up

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

This was my least favorite book from the month. I did not like this book. It was good so I ended up reading the entire thing, but I was so confused by the story. I was surprised it got so many highly rated reviews. It made me wonder if we read the same book. The book itself felt all over the place. I didn’t get much cohesion. But I think it has a lot of potential. It could definitely be a great crime fiction novel, but it needs a loving editor’s hand and a huge red marker.

My full review on Goodreads

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I was absolutely floored by this book. I read it for my Backlist Book Club and wow. I love when science fiction takes actual scientific theories and turns them into a story. What happens if you were able to travel across different multi-verses? What if you find a universe where your life is exactly the way you want it? That’s basically what happened to Jason in this novel. And as he tries to make his way home, he comes to some very real understandings of himself, the multi-verse, and the universe’s capabilities.

My full review on Goodreads

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

I really liked this novel, but it’s not a fantasy series I’ll continue to read in the future. It starts off about a young man named Tracker who is on the hunt for a certain little boy that’s important to the whole of society. It’s got great representation, amazing descriptions, and a lot of African history and culture. The only reason I won’t be reading the rest of this series is because the writing wasn’t my style. I’m not a fan of writing like Marlon James’s, but that’s okay. It didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this novel and if you do like Marlon James and his writing style, this book will be right up your alley.

My full review on Goodreads

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Funnily enough I started reading this book the same day it won an award for best nonfiction. It definitely deserved it because it was an amazing memoir about one person’s life. I think I resonated a lot with this story and I think a lot of people will too. I didn’t think it was sad or uncomfortable, but instead I felt comforted to hear someone so honest with his life and his evaluation of his life. It really made me love his work and I can’t wait to read more from him in the future.

My full review on Goodreads

Golden Child by Claire Adam

Ending the month with this book was like ending your day at Disney with the fireworks show. You’re a little hesitant that it’ll be any good, but you’re just blown away when you get into it. Golden Child was definitely that kind of book. At first, I was a little worried the book would be boring because it started with the missing child and then backtracked to when he was born. I was worried it would be all backtracking, but it ended up turning into a really good book with some very interesting questions. I would whole-heartedly suggest this book for your book club because it will make you think, reconsider, and re-evaluate.

My full review on Goodreads

Books From My Mid-Month Checkin

  • If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh: I mentioned before that I didn’t finish this book. I’ve come to realize that I’m not a fan of overly poetic writing. I love lyrical language, but sometimes it gets in the way of the story.
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: I loved this book and it’s definitely a series I’ll be digging into more as the books come out. I also love that others loved this book. I’m seeing small convos happening throughout the Internet about it and even fan art! I absolutely love fan art of really good fantasy stories. It shares what the characters look like and it’s always something so amazingly drawn.
  • The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

January 2017 Bookish Wrap Up

The beginning of the year is supposed to be the most successful part because everyone’s got the motivation to exceed their own expectations. It’s usually in February when everyone drops their resolutions and returns to their former state.

But I always have to be the exception to the rule. ALWAYS. I have to defy the understood norm because I have problems with authority. That being said, it turns out I was only able to read three books for all of January.

Three.

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Honestly, I was hoping to read more than four, but I was on vacation for more than half the month. What is with vacations and me just wanting to be a vegetable on the couch? Aren’t you supposed to read more when you’re on vacation? I ended up reading less and on top of it struggled throughout the entire time to read.

However, I need to stop beating myself up. I always give myself a hard time for not reading enough when I’m reading more than most people. Perhaps I needed to decompress from my regular life since I haven’t had a vacation since last July. Perhaps my brain just went on auto-reboot and it took me that long to get back on the track of things. Whatever it was, it’s passed and I think I can battle out the rest of February.

Reading and writing this blog has really opened me up to types of hobbies I really enjoy. I love sharing with you all my bookish thoughts and I hope you like them. Here’s my pitiful list from January.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

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Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan.

Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn’t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Scandalous and whip-smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious truths of a passionate and troubled marriage.

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

28763485Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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