January Wrap-Up

January was such a weird month. It was very stressful and my mental health was all over the place. But there were good things too and I read a lot of good books! I have yet to reply to all your wonderful comments from the past few days, but I promise, I will! I’m currently finishing up my bachelor end thesis so I haven’t been in the right state of mind nor have I found the time.

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  • A Charm & A Curse by Jaime Questell ★★★★ This book was very magical and cute and it had adorable romance, you can find a full review here.
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★★★★ I was told this book was sad, and it was but it somehow didn’t really have that punch I thought it was going to have. I really did enjoy it though! I loved the monster and it was actually quite funny.
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor ★★★★★ Strange the Dreamer was so wonderful, with rich storytelling and amazing writing and great characters. I just really loved it. Full review here.
  • George by Alex Gino ★★★★ This book was so cute! I adored the transgender rep and reading about this little trans girl that wanted to play Charlotte in Charlotte’s web! My only complaint is that it was so short, I would have loved more!
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven ★★★★★ I’m in the street team for this book and I’ve talked about it before but I cannot tell you enough how much I loved this book. It dragged me from a really bad mood and cheered me up and some scenes in the book really meant a lot to me personally. I really cannot wait for this book to come out and change the world. Review to come.
  • Warcross by Marie Lu ★★★★.5 Warcross was so fun and engaging and had so many twists, I loved it! So action-packed and I loved the sci-fi aspect. Full review here.
  • Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi ★★★★ I’m actually part of the blog tour for Down and Across, which will be my first ever blog tour. I really enjoyed this, it was funny and diverse and I loved the characters! Full review to come.
  • Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid ★★★★ I’m a bit conflicted about this because I loved the characters and it was very funny and the romance was cute but some aspects of it were so frustrating, but yet realistic! I just don’t know!
  • At The Edge of The Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson ★★★★★ How is Shaun David Hutchinson so underappreciated?? His books are amazing: they’re queer and fun and a little depressing and space-y and also so original and creative and weird. I love it.

In January of 2018 I added to my tbr:

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I’ve gotten an eARC of The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, Sneaking Out and The Price Guide to the Occult, which I’ll read in February. Some of the others (Love, Hate & Other Filters and Unearthed) got recently released and therefore moved from my anticipated-releases shelf to my to-read shelf. I’ve added The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Chameleon Moon because people won’t stop recommending them to me soooo I guess I’ll be reading them :P. I added A Closed and Common Orbit, which is the second book in the Wayfarer series and I’ve added The Fandom because it’s the Cronebloggers Book Club book for February!

 

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I’m not really my happy chatty self right now but I will definitely get back to that once I handed in my thesis on Friday. I promise I’ll get back to commenting and blog hopping soon! I hope you’re having a better week than I am!

How was your January? Did you read any of the above-mentioned books? Any books you think I will love from my TBR? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!

54 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up

  1. I bought a copy of Strange the Dreamer WEEKS ago (there was a sale) and I still haven’t dug into it! I’m hoping to block off this entire weekend to just reading so I can finally see what everyone is talking about. I’ve read Laini Taylor’s other series and loved it so I’m hoping I’ll love StD just as much 🙂 Best of luck wrapping up your thesis, Lia!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Ooh, I hope you love it! Since the weekend is almost over, did you get manage to read a lot?
      Thank you! I handed everything in on Friday so it’s over! *happy dance*

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      1. I did! I’m hoping to read maybe two more books today but I have a lot of reading to do for university. But even thought I got to do a lot of reading, I just got stuck on a rereading spiral and I reread the whole Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Definitely not the plan but it was a lovely day reliving that series!

        That’s so wonderful!!

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      1. Definitely check it out 🙂 Obvs be prepared for all the feels – I had no idea what it was even about so it came along and smacked me around the face with a huge wet fish of surprise. Such a beautiful film though. I’m looking at getting a nice hardback copy of the Monster Calls (novel) for all the illustrations?

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    1. Thanks! I mainly read a lot to escape life haha
      I hope you’ll like those books, especially Hutchinson’s books, I’m sure you’ll love those!

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  2. I read A Monster Calls this month as well! And I agree, it was hyped as being so heartbreaking, and then it was only just sad. I’ll probably be strung up for saying so, but I felt the same way about The Book Thief. Nowhere near as sad or amazing as I’d expected.

    You’ll feel so much better after you finish your Bachelor’s! What are you onto next?

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    1. I actually did love The Book Thief a lot! I think for me, the hype around ‘sad’ books kind of ruin the experience. If I know something is going to be sad, I’ll be less sad.
      I handed in my thesis and I’m feeling 3000% better! I’m going to do a Master’s in September and I don’t know what I’m going to do until that yet.

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      1. The problem with The Book Thief for me was the format, I think. I was so distracted by it that I couldn’t connect with the story in a meaningful way. Plus the hype.

        Congrats on finishing your thesis! I can’t wait to hear what you pursue for your Masters. 😀

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      2. Ohh okay, I don’t remember there being anything different about the format hmm
        Thank you! I’m going to be doing Economic Psychology, which is basically the psychology behind marketing and decision making 😀

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    1. I’m really curious to see if I like The Price Guide to the Occult, since I’m not usually a fan of witch books. I do hope if you end up reading A Monster Calls, that you love it!

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  3. I also read Warcross this month :]
    I have Strange the Dreamer and Love Hate and Other Filters on my TBR for this year… trying to focus on my backlist will push these back though so well see if I get to them. I am glad you liked Strange the Dreamer though, it puts it back on my radar :]

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    1. Did you like Warcross?
      I try to read some backlist books but also new releases and mix them together, I hope you end up loving Strange the Dreamer and Love, Hate and Other Filters!

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  4. Aww, I’m so sorry your mental health hasn’t been the best lately! I 100% relate; I felt dead about everything for most of January, and then a few days ago my anxiety spiked up and fjsldkfjsldf. Ahaha I’m reading At the Edge of the Universe right now! It’s super good so far, I love Shaun so much. Hope you have a better mental health month in February, Lia! ❤

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    1. I’ve handed in my thesis and I feel 3000% better already! I hope you’ll feel better soon too! ❤
      I'm so glad you like it!! IT'S SO GOOOD DJSKLDJ

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  5. I’m so turned off by the Warcross cover, but I’ve heard such great things about the book so I guess I need to finally move past my cover-judging. 🙃 I keep forgetting that The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is on my TBR list; it’s been recommended to me a number of times, too.
    Cheers to February! 🙂

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  6. CHAMELEON MOON! CHAMELEON MOON! CHAMELEON MOON!

    I mean… uh… I already told you this, but I’m looking forward to reading at the Edge of the Universe because you loved it so much 🙂 I haven’t read any of these books (other than CHAMELEON MOON WHICH YOU SHOULD READ IMMEDIATELY), but Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and A Closed and Common Orbit are on my TBR as well and I’m excited about them!

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  7. I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling the greatest lately, I’m sending you loads of hugs and love and positive vibes for everything. you’re the best and I hope that your february will be FANTASTIC. ❤
    I'm really happy you loved the exact opposite of okay, I can't wait to read that one, it sounds so, so good!! 🙂

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  8. I love A Monster Calls the art is stunning and Strange the dreamer is great, im excited to have the second book in my hands. I really enjoyed Gentlemans Guide 😀 I read it on audio and the narrator is so sarcastic and hilarious it made it even more enjoyable for me.
    Hope you have a great Feb ❤

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  9. Strange the Dreamer and Warcross were some of my favourite books last year! Glad you enjoyed them too! Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was on my best books of 2017 list too! I hope you’ll enjoy it too! Can’t wait to read Unearthed! Have a great weekend and happy reading!

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