I can’t believe that January is already over, and it feels like 2019 just started yesterday. I have a feeling like time flies sometimes even faster that usual, and January was one of those months. It came and was gone in a blink of an eye. However I did manage to get some good amount of reading and blogging done, I joined 12 reading challenges and Instagram 🙂 Let’s get to my January Wrap-up…
Reads of January, 2019
First let’s look at my January reads / the books I have read this month – 12 books, which is quite an impressive number for me:
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi – 4* (owned physical book)
This was entertaining, fast-paced and beautiful read with unique world and magic, travelling and fight scenes, romance and sibling dynamics, however, the characters managed to irritate me quite a bit, that’s why I gave it only 4 stars.
Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake – (ARC) 3.5*
An adventure on clue hunting mission, puzzle solving and travel around the world with magic, gods and goddesses. It was fast-paced and intriguing story, however, the writing was simplistic and the main MC, Analiese, managed to annoy me a tad bit too much, but it was an entertaining read non the less. My full review of this ARC you can find here.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – 1* (eBook from library)
Sadly, this was very disappointing book, as I didn’t enjoy it at all. In my personal opinion there was no real poetry to be found. The themes and subjects discussed in ‘so called poems’ were important, however, I couldn’t connect with it on any level. I expected to love this book but was left without real emotions after reading it.
A fun, sweet and tasty romance read. Even though I saw a lot of myself in the female MC, I still didn’t connect to her in a necessary level to deeply care about everything that happened. The story was on a slow side, however, I had an enjoyable enough time with wonderful characters, especially, with the fun dynamics between Murdock brothers, and the chemistry between MCs, Val and Spencer. The best part was that there was no unnecessary relationship drama. Full review for this ARC is coming in February.
My Mistletoe Mix-Up (Ridgewater High #5) by Judy Corry – 2.5* (owned eBook)
A cute, light and fast YA romance but I expected more from it, as the hinted hate-to-love trope and the fun banter wasn’t really there. I didn’t grow to care about any of the characters, and I found a book with one more annoying female MC. The best part was the beginning of the book, which was actually fun to read. This story made me roll my eyes a bit but it did also make me smile at times.
This was a funny, enjoyable story and a wild ride. It was light on drama. A quick and very entertaining read. There were such a ridiculously stupid moments that I cried from laughing a couple of times. A perfect romantic comedy. I don’t remember when the last time I had so much fun reading a book. Full review for this ARC is coming in February.
Love Auction (Rules of Love Book 2) by Lindsey Hart – (ARC) 2.5*
It stared out well but for me it went downhill after a few chapters. I wanted a fun hate-to-love romance but it just wasn’t really there. I disliked both MCs for most part of the book, however, there was a character development and the end was pretty good, kind of cheesy but sweet. Full review for this ARC is coming in February.
Rose Petal Graves (The Lost Clan #1) by Olivia Wildenstein – 3.75* (owned physical book)
I have some conflicting feelings about this one, I wanted to love it, however, I had some issues with Catori’s decisions and actions, the same time I felt like there were way too many love interests. But the story was intriguing, the concept was interesting and the writing was good, at the end I was entertained and I’m ready to read the rest of the books in this YA paranormal romance series, after I deal with the ARCs and library books that are due soon, so it will probably be in March or April 🙂
Evermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland – 4* (owned physical book)
One more books that provided me with some conflicting feelings because it was a bit disappointing, and I felt bored during some parts of this book. However, the ending… Wow! The last few chapters just saved this book for me. I felt like it was worth it, to go on this long journey to discover such an unexpected and heart-breaking truth. At the end this was a decent ending to this YA fantasy duology.
This book was thrilling, dangerous, dark but at the same time beautiful and imaginative. I enjoyed a lot this roller-coaster ride on the dark side of reality, dreams and nightmares with some sweet hints of romance. A great beginning to a new and exciting YA fantasy. Full review for this ARC is coming in February.
Build (Burns Brothers #1) by Gillian Archer – (ARC) 4*
An excellent start to a sexy adult contemporary bad boy romance. The characters were real people with flaws, who made mistakes and learned from them, which I enjoyed to see in contemporary romance. I enjoyed the story even though it was not a very light and fluffy one, however, it was sizzling, intensive and emotional. The ending wasn’t corny or cheesy, which tend to happen with romance books, instead it was fun and sweet. I can’t wait for book two. Oh, just one more thing, that cover is cute, don’t you agree 😉 Full review for this ARC is coming in February.
Circe by Madeline Miller – 3.5* (physical book from library)
Ok, this book is hard to rate. I know that almost everyone loves it but sadly I didn’t, which was such a disappointment. I expected and wanted much more from book like this. I wanted more magic or adventure, more excitement or intrigue. Or maybe more depth or feelings. I couldn’t connect to Circe, and I didn’t feel any of her emotions. Hence, I didn’t care about her, and there was no excited feelings and desire to know about what will happen next. At the beginning she irritated me, however, her growth was something that I liked. Don’t get me wrong, this was not a bad book. It’s just that I was bored at some points, and annoyed at other times, but still it was a good story and a decent retelling of some of the Greek myths, I just wanted more.
Just a couple of month ago I started requesting ARCs on NetGalley, which opened up new doors for my reading and blogging. Half of my January reads were ARCs, which is an accomplishment on my part, as I’m a mood reader, so it’s not easy to make myself read something that I have to and not what I feel like. 5 books I liked a lot and 4 – I liked but didn’t enjoy only 3 out of 12 books, therefore, I would say that this was a successful reading month in my book.
The best book of January: Dream Keeper by Amber Duell
The worst book of January: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Posts of January, 2019
January was mostly a time to look back at my reading year of 2018. Also, I posted two book reviews, took part in two book blitzes, and made an introduction to my reading challenges, all of which was something new for me. If you missed any of my post you can find them here (from newest to oldest):
My favourite post of January: Book Review: Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Most anticipated books of January, 2019
January was a moth of many wonderful new book releases, at least some 30 books that I’m interested in, but I won’t be looking at them all here, so here is My TOP 5 Most anticipated books of January 2019. The rest of them you can find here.
Reading Challenges update of January, 2019
Goodreads Reading Challenge – 12/80 (15%)
Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – 5/10 (50%)
The Bad Boys of Romance Reading Challenge – 2/5 (40%)
The Backlist Reading Challenge – 2/20 (10%)
Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge – 8/50 (16%)
2019 New Release Challenge – 4/25 (16%)
Print Only Reading Challenge – 4/43 (9%)
For the Love of eBooks – 8/23 (35%)
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge – 5/10 (+1 other ARC) (50%)
Library Love Challenge – 2/48 (4%)
Hodderscape Reading Challenge – 1/12 (8%)
Year of Epic Reads 2019 – 1/12 (8%)
#Ampersand2019 Reading Challenge – 21/45(52) (47%)
More detailed 209 Reading Challenges January Update you can see here.
January of 2019 in Photos
First book read in 2019
Favourite book read in January
Some of my January reads
Midnight walk of January
On the way to library (end of January in Finland)
So here you go, this was my bookish month of January, 2019. I think that this year has started out well with 12 books read and 15 posts written. My goal for February is to read as many ARCs as I can, to read some more library books, and to write more book reviews on this blog and not only on Goodreads, Amazon and NetGalley 🙂
How did 2019 start out for you? How many books did you read in January? Are you slaying those reading challenges that you have joined?
Lady of Bookland