January Book Wrap-Up

Tuesday, 2 February 2016



Hello Everybody!
Now, I know I usually set myself a reading challenge every month, but I really wasn't feeling like it this January, so I thought I would just read whatever I wanted instead. It worked out really well! I became a bit obsessed with reading again, so much so that I swapped my evening internet time to read more. I managed to get through five books, which I was really happy with. Three of them were re-reads but I couldn't help it! They were just so good the first time.

Anyway, here are the books I read:

The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
You guys have heard me ramble on about how much I love this series, so I won't bore you with my fangirl antics. One of the things I really wanted to do in 2016 was to read this entire series again before the forth and last book comes out in March. The story has so many details that I knew I would forget, so I wanted to go back and remember everything. I just can't seem to tear myself away from this series yet, it's just so good!

Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi
I forgot how amazing these books were. Seriously, why has it taken me so long to pick up this last book in the series? If you're unfamiliar with these books, it follows Juliette who's touch can kill you. Set in a dystopian world, she has to learn to fight back (along with some pretty awesome characters) when the Reestablishment plans to use her as a weapon. These books are so addictive and exciting that I can never put them down. I read this in about 3 days, although I could have done it in two (and I'm normally a slow reader.) There's some really great character developments in this one, which finally settles some reservations from the last book.



The Body Finder, Kimberly Denting  
This was one of my favorite books from 2015 and I had a sudden urge to read it again. I'm not usually into the murder-mystery type of book, but this one is so addictive. The details in this book are brilliant and make the scenes really quite vivid. I think we all deserve to have someone like Jay in our lives too! It was worth reading again just for him.

Uglies, Scott Westerfield 
I had very mixed feelings about this book, to be honest. It's set in a future city where at the age of sixteen you are given surgery to be turned "pretty" so that everyone is equal in appearance. It took me about 50 pages to really get into the story and for a while I really enjoyed where it was going. It was exciting and the author highlighted a lot of issues that really made me think about society. I found myself torn between the two main characters, Tally and Shay, and their perspectives were really interesting. The second half of the book is where I was let down, as it felt a bit rushed and things became a bit unbelievable, especially the romance. Overall, there were parts I liked and parts I didn't.

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
I know, I know, I read this in December too. But I found myself in a bit of a reading slump that I wanted to get myself out of, and I knew this book would do the trick. I was right! It was actually really fun reading this back again because I could pick up on a few things that I didn't notice the first time. It's like going through everything with Cath as her friend and you pick up on character's behavior when she doesn't. I love this book even more now.

Five books isn't a bad way to start the year! I've had a couple new ones arrive from Book Depository, so February should be a good month too.

What books did you guys read in January? I'd love some recommendations! 
Steph x.

8 comments :

  1. Some of these sound Ace! I am for sure going to make a couple of purchases! x

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    1. Awesome! Glad you liked them : )
      Steph x.

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  2. The Raven Boys and Ignite Me are on my book wishlist! I can't wait to pick them up now after reading this post x
    Aisling | Aislings beauty bytes

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    1. They're so good! Please let me know what you think of them when you do read them? I'd love to know what you think.
      Steph x.

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  3. I really need to read Fangirl. I know, I probably have been saying that a lot in all the posts about this book, but I just don't have time with all these school books, uh :/

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    1. Yes, you do! That's understandable though. I remember having no time to read when I was at university. I know you'll love it when you do read it : )
      Steph x.

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  4. Interesting to hear your thoughts on Uglies, I remember a while back a lot of people were talking about that book and saying how they loved it and apparently it was being made into a movie? So it's unfortunate to hear it had a pretty rushed ending, I hate when books do that.

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  5. Maybe it was just me? I'm glad to hear that other people enjoyed it. I would be really interested to see the movie! Thanks for letting me know : )
    Steph x.

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