Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Wrap-Up

January is always a pretty good reading month for me, and I'm very happy with how this one turned out. I read 12 books, and I gave all of them three stars or more! If the rest of 2016 goes like this, it'll be AMAZING.

As great as this month was, though, there were so many books that I wanted to read that I just couldn't make time for, especially since a couple of the books I did read took longer than I thought they would. I know I'll get to most of them next month, and I'm sure I won't enjoy them less for having waited a few weeks, but it's a little bit disappointing.


A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken: This book is pretty much a novelization of Star Wars Episode IV with some extra details added in, but it didn't quite follow all of the events of the movie in order. The story was split into three sections, each with a different perspective: first Leia's, then Han's, then Luke's. Very enjoyable. - Goodreads review - Around-the-Year Challenge Week 1: A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't

Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #1.5, #2.5, #3.5): I loved all three of the stories included here, and while I'm sad to finally say goodbye to one of my favorite series, I'm very satisfied with how things ended both in the final book and in the final novella. I can't say much about this because I'm at risk for spoiling not only this, but the entire series, but this was a great book.  - Goodreads review

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin: This was a lovely, quick read about finding who you want to be and following those dreams. Thanks to Avery @ thepagesarebookining for recommending this book and letting me borrow it!  - full review

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen: My first required school reading of 2016. I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting to, especially considering most of the other things I've had to read for that class this year. ½ - Goodreads review

The Rise of Big Business, 1860-1910 by Glenn Porter: (Note: I read an earlier edition of this book than the Goodreads page includes. I recently acquired this edition, and there don't seem to be many changes.) One of my reading resolutions for 2016 is to read at least one American history book every month, and since this is a very short book about a topic I'm interested in, I thought it would be a good place to start. I'm very glad I read this incredibly engaging book.  - Goodreads review
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (Firebird #2): Book 1 of this series, A Thousand Pieces of You, was one of my favorite books of 2015, so I knew I was going to love this one as well. I'm happy to say that it even exceeded my expectations! - full review - ATY challenge Week 2: A book set in a different continent

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger #1): Yes, I did read three Alexandra Bracken books this month. No, I don't regret anything except the fact that I now have to wait an entire year to read another new one. This wasn't quite as incredible as I hoped it would be, but I had ridiculously high expectations, so I still loved it. ½ - full review 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: Firstly, can all books be this diverse? Please? This was a beautiful book, and while it didn't blow me away, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it in a day, and I can easily see myself rereading it in the future.  - Goodreads review - ATY Challenge Week 3: A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)

Ash by Malinda Lo: I love retellings. I love Cinderella. I love LGBT+ books. So obviously, I had to read this. While it didn't impress me as much as I'd hoped, and I was pretty much indifferent for most of the book, I'm still glad that I read it. I also really want to see more books like this in the future. Once again, thanks to Avery @ thepagesarebookining for recommending this and letting me borrow it!  - Goodreads review

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2): After the second half of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I was prepared to be incredibly underwhelmed. I don't think I've ever been so delighted to be wrong. This book didn't quite have all of the things that I loved in the beginning of the first book, but I'm still incredibly happy with where this went. ½ - Goodreads review - ATY challenge Week 4: A book by an author you discovered in 2015

Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5): I don't even know what to say about this. Words can't contain how CUTE this was! If you like Mik and Zuzana from the main trilogy, this is a must-read. - Goodreads review

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3): Not so much a fan of this one. There were individual scenes that I loved, but overall, I didn't really care.  - Goodreads review 

Reread this month:  
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Read for school. Check out my Thoughts on Required Reading for details. First read: ; Reread: no rating
  • A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #32): The next book in my seemingly never-ending quest to read ALL the Discworld books. Fascinating, as always. First read: ; Reread:

  • Total books: 12 new, 14 including rereads
  • Longest book: Dreams of Gods & Monsters, 613 pages
  • Shortest book: Night of Cake & Puppets, 100 pages
  • Favorite book: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
  • Least favorite book: Dreams of Gods & Monsters
  • Diverse reads: 4 (Silhouette of a Sparrow; Passenger; Everything, Everything; Ash)
  • Nonfiction: 1 (The Rise of Big Business: 1860-1910)
  • Comics/Graphic Novels: 0 
What books did you read in January? Which was your favorite? What are some of the books that you just couldn't make time for? Tell me in the comments!