What I read in January
As many of you might know from my moaning on here and Twitter, January was a slow reading month for me due to exams and assignments but I managed to finish off three books.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, so when I saw that Rick had written a Norse mythology series I knew I had to read it. I did an Audible trial throughout December and January and I didn’t really get on with the narration of it or the general concept of an audiobook, but I really enjoyed the story.
Magnus Chase follows the same concept of the Percy Jackson series and is packed full of action, interesting characters, humour, and general badassery. Well worth a read if you’ve enjoyed anything else Rick has written.
I picked up Shiver while in Paris over Christmas on a bit of a whim (and by that, I mean it had ‘Maggie Stiefvater’ on the side of it) and I’m so glad I did. As with The Raven Boys, Maggie’s world-building is so enthralling and drags you in straight away.
For me, Shiver had quite an old-school young adult feel to it; it suffers from a serious case of absent parents, and it reminds me of Twilight a little. I really enjoyed Shiver, it’s become a fast favourite, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
All The Rage – Courtney Summers
I received a copy of All The Rage in exchange for an honest review, and my full review will be up this Friday. I didn’t get on with All The Rage as much as I wanted to.
The blurb didn’t match what the book was about, which was confusing and I felt that the plot was a bit all over the place and couldn’t quite settle. This should have been a book that made me angry about what our main character was going through; my blood should have boiled at the injustice of her situation, but it didn’t. I failed to connect with the character, which combined with the plot issues just didn’t do it for me.
It’s worth noting that my opinions are in the minority, as the majority of reviews on Goodreads are 5 or 4 stars, so don’t let me put you off reading it if you want to.
February to be read
Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
This was the January pick for The Olive Fox Book Club, and it doesn’t look great that I haven’t finished it yet! If I can put my defence forward:
- I’m finding it slow going so far (did anyone else find it slow?)
February’s Olive Fox Book Club Pick
This hasn’t been announced yet, but obviously I will be reading February’s choice for The Olive Fox Book Club.
Did I Mention I Need You – Estelle Maskame
Towards the end of last year, I read Did I Mention I Love You and while I had very mixed feelings about it, I am hooked on the characters. I need to know what happens to them next.
In the interest of transparency, I have received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
TBR jar pick: The Uninvited – Liz Jensen
In an effort to get through some of the books that have been sat on my shelf for a while, I’m picking one book at random using a TBR cup.
I bought The Uninvited about two years ago and it has been sat on my shelf untouched since then. I was really excited about it when I first got it, so it’s about time I read it.
What did you read in January? What are you planning to read in February?