Can you believe we’re already at the end of January? My, that went by quickly.
I’ve noticed a lot of BookTubers and book bloggers post monthly wrap-ups, so I thought I’d jump on that train this year. 🙂 Here’s a recap/wrap-up of all the books I read this month, and a little blurb about what I thought of each.
This was my TBR for January 2017:
My final count for books read this month is seven (which I’m actually pretty proud of). I didn’t think I’d be able to read so much with schoolwork, but I’ve managed to pull it off. Out of all the books pictured here, I read five and DNF’d three.
Books I Read This Month
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I’ve heard wonderful things about this novel. While I liked the writing and I thought the concept was interesting, the ending was too rushed for me to call this one of my favorites. I’ll probably still watch the movie, though.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book, but I did. It’s a cute little story about love and what it means, and about growing up. It’s sweet and the characters are endearing (I loved Laura Jean’s family; they’re portrayed very realistically), and, though it’s not a spectacular book, it’s still a good and cozy read. I plan to read the sequel in February.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
So many people I know loved this book, but I just didn’t get the hype. The writing is nice and it’s very interesting to see Ava’s ancestry, but I didn’t feel the “twist” this novel was building up to was executed skillfully, so the wait never payed off for me. Atmospheric, but unsatisfying.
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This was a nice story about strength and what it takes to overcome one’s past, but, for such a long book (nearly 500 pages), not a lot happened. I loved Armentrout’s portrayal of anxiety and fear, and I was ecstatic to see a supportive parent-teen relationship that, though it’s not perfect, is solid. But I just liked this book; I didn’t love it.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
I was worried this book would be a little too in-your-face for my tastes, but I connected with it well, and finished it in one day. (It was due at the library the next day, and I couldn’t renew it.) The writing was lovely and sharp, and the characters were easy to connect with and root for. Overall, a brutal book with some great messages. I’ll be looking out for McGinnis’s future works.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I’m the black sheep among my reviewer friends, it seems; I thought this book was a lot of fun. Shusterman takes such a cool premise, and uses it to introduce us to a fascinating futuristic world, wherein the book explores the concepts of compassion, mercy, and humanity through death itself. I really, really enjoyed some of the High Scythes (Scythe Faraday!), and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series so I can see more of this world and these characters. Consider me intruiged.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Everyone has been raving about this book. I’ve not read Cinder (I will next month), but I picked this up anyway. I was enjoying it until the last 75 pages, wherein a certain twist took place that I felt was rushed and not developed fully enough to be convincing. I liked it, but didn’t connect with it or love it the way others have. (Perhaps that makes me heartless?)
Books I DNF’d This Month
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
I’ve read Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities–and was bored out of my mind–so I’d hoped that this retelling would be more interesting. I wasn’t connecting with it, though, so I decided not to continue reading.
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
I picked this up while at the library, but it’s just not my thing. The style is too “tweeny” for me, if that makes sense.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I’m bummed about this one. I’ve heard mixed reviews, and I wanted to love it, but it just wasn’t gripping enough for me.
Overall, I consider this month a profitable reading month; I managed to keep up with library deadlines, and I’ve implemented a new DNF policy: if I’m not invested by page 75, I don’t continue reading. I’m looking forward to the new books and adventures February will bring!