January 2016 Wrap-up!

Hey guys! As you can tell by the title, this post is my January wrap-up! I am super proud of myself as this month I read loads of books, eleven books to be exact and I have reviewed all of them. I started an arc two weeks ago and I still need to finish it, but recently my eyes have been hurting me because I have been looking at screens to much, but more on that later. All books are linked with their Goodreads pages and my review is linked beside it. Without further ado, here are the books I read this month!

 

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell -(My Review)

My first classic and book of the year and it was really brilliant! Though you need to understand some Russian history to truly appreciate the novella, it’s not hard to work out that this is commentary on communism and how it can never work. I recommend this book to everyone.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer -(My Review)

This series gets a lot of hype and I was happy to finally start this series. Though it read like an average YA, I enjoyed it and loads of people have been telling me that the series gets better, so I can’t wait to read Scarlet next month.

3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J.Maas -(My Review)

This sequel was a killer! I loved it, loved it and loved it! I just hope Heir of Fire just builds on this book and is even better.

4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness -(My Review)

A Monster Calls was heart breakingly beautiful and everyone needs to read it. A huge shoutout to Jim Kay who illustrated the drawings in the book, they really helped me immerse myself in the book.

5. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate -(My Review)

Surprisingly, this book was enjoyable and a great debut for Redgate. Even with the seven characters, the novel didn’t seem untidy with intertwined plots. I look forward to whatever she releases next.

6. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh -(My Review)

I didn’t give this book five stars unlike many readers. I only gave it 4.5 but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, it just didn’t feel like a five stars. The one thing I adored about this book is the atmosphere Ahdieh created, it was so rich.

7. Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M Elliot -(My Review)

Da Vinci’s Tiger was a little dissapointing for me which is sad because it was my first historical fiction of the year. There was just so much info dumping especially at the start which is a complete turn off.

8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz – (My Review)

So like everybody I loved this book so much! It’s beautiful, lyrical and so down to Earth. And guys…I JUST FOUND OUT IT’S GETTING A SEQUEL! OH MY GOSH YES! It’s going to be called There Will Be Other Summers and I am happy dancing right now!

9. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon -(My Review)

This book was a solid debut for Nicola Yoon. The protagonist was likeable and the story rolled on smoothly. However, I wished there was more page time dedicated to the protagonist and her mother and less of the insta-love.

10. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir -(My Review)

I can see why this book got so much hype. It’s a brilliant book and Tahir’s writing is very engaging. Individually the characters were all strong and the action was amazing. But I was not a fan of the romance at all. It read awkward and kind of typical of YA.

11. Legend by Marie Lu -(My Review)

I am more than happy with Legend! I actually really enjoyed it and though I kind of got a whiff of insta-love, I romance was likable along with the characters. Day read as a young Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows.

I am also like a quarter of the way through of Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstorm which was kindly given to me by NetGalley.

Those are all the books I read in January and what a strong month it has been! I think during the last week of January I could of read one more, but oh well! What have you read this January and what do you think about the books I read? Comment below and I’ll be sure to comment back!

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

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23 thoughts on “January 2016 Wrap-up!

  1. Bookenstein says:

    Awesome job on the reading this month. So many great reads! I found out about the Ari and Dante sequel yesterday, and I couldn’t handle all of the emotions I felt. I still can’t, tbh.

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  2. kirapebbles says:

    I read Animal Farm a few years ago at school, nobody liked it, but I think it’s because they couldn’t fully grasp the subjects discussed in it. I wish I was going to be doing it in my exams, rather than a crappy play with no depth to it!

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