Wrap Up: 2018 | My January Reads and Reviews

January was a pretty good month! I didn’t read as much as I had planned, but that was because I was actually caught up in a whole bunch of social activities 😀 I started hanging out more with some friends from work and one friend in particular has helped bring me out of my shell. We’ve decided to go see indie movies together (seen Call Me by Your Name twice now) and we’ve also started a book club! On top of that, he’s started Yoga nights at the beach every Tuesday evening for all our work friends. So now I’ve been feeling a little less lonely these past few weeks!

Anyways, I’ve still managed to do some reading and while I didn’t read everything on my monthly TBR, I read some shorter titles to fill my time 😀 Aaaaaand I’ve gotten some reviews out of the way!

What I've Read

A Charm of Magpies Trilogy and Jackdaw (Linked Story) | K.J. Charles

After reading some of the January releases I decided to take a break and just read some random books on my phone. I stumbled across The Magpie Lord, which was recommended to me after I read The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat. So I read it and loved it. The characters were fantastic, the writing was surprisingly good, the magical element was thrilling, and the humor was top-notch. I finished out the trilogy and one linked story immediately afterwards because I was hooked! If you’re looking for a funny, sexy, mysterious, and exciting Victorian M/M romance, I highly recommend A Charm of Magpies.

Batman: Nightwalker | Marie Lu

This was the first DC Icon installment I picked up (still have to read Wonder Woman sometime) and I wasn’t disappointed! Marie Lu did a fantastic job with her version of the Caped Crusader. Young Bruce Wayne was much more charismatic and interesting than usual, the villainess was very well-written, and the overall atmosphere of the book was fantastic.

The Upside of Falling Down | Rebekah Crane

I wasn’t very impressed with this book but the Irish setting brought back some great memories and a couple of the secondary characters were easy to connect with. The romance was sort of contrived, but at least the emotional weight was there!

The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert

Best way to sum up this book: very unexpected and trippy but oh so intriguing and beautifully written. The dark, bizarre spin on Alice in Wonderland and the land of fairy tales worked for me and even though the MC wasn’t all that easy to connect with and progression of the story was (at times) intensely confusing, the book was unique and captivating.

Unearthed | Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I had some really high expectations for this book. I mean, I was expecting some sort of glorious sci-fi-Indiana Jones-Uncharted-Tomb Raider adventure chock-full of thrilling action sequences, challenging puzzles, exciting dialogue, witty characters, subtle romance, and amazing world-building. Definitely not what I got. So, I’m a bit disappointed, but that’s kind of my own fault. My review is coming out soon!

My Reviews

Batman: Nightwalker | Marie Lu | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

The Upside of Falling Down | Rebekah Crane | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Warcross | Marie Lu | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Highlights

1. Yoga nights on the beach.

2. I’m part of a book club with some friends from work and we’re currently discussing Call Me By Your Name.

3. The film Call Me By Your Name is excellent. I’ve seen it twice!

4. Found some friends from work who love talking about YA, specifically about Cassandra Clare and all things Shadowhunter related.

5. My friend, Becky, finally read Six of Crows on my recommendation and LOVED it.

Monthly Goals

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My blogging schedule has been all over the place lately and I’m not entirely sure how to get back on track or if I’ll EVER get back on track. I have more of a desire to read than review. I don’t know if this means if I’ll be posting less reviews or if I’ll just be posting less in general but we’ll see where the days take me. I love blogging and I really don’t want to give it up. Even though I’m not blogging as frequently as I used to, blogging still feels like a chore and I don’t want to feel like that.

So I’m thinking of possibly taking a month or two hiatus. Nothing’s set in stone though! If February is much the same of me wanting to just read and not review or post, then that’s what I’ll end up doing for some time. I’ll still be around though, stopping in and saying hello.

For now, let’s have a wonderful February!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon! ❤

Azia Sig

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11 thoughts on “Wrap Up: 2018 | My January Reads and Reviews

  1. I’m really glad you enjoyed Batman: Nightwalker (which I still need to get around to but hopefully soon), The Hazel Wood (which I have read and really enjoyed as well), and Unearthed (which again is still on my to-read list but one that I will be getting around to this month for sure). It certainly seems like you had a good reading month Azia, and I hope you manage to get your blogging life sorted out as well. If you need to take a hiatus I say take one. There’s no point blogging when you don’t have the time or energy because it will just burn you out and that will be worse. 🙂
    Great post, and I hope you have an amazing February as well. 😀 ❤

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    1. Oh I hope you enjoy Batman! I know he’s not your favorite, but I think you might actually like Lu’s version of him 😀 And I hope Unearthed is a good read for you too! And thank you. I really hope it gets sorted out as well. I miss blogging frequently but I’m just not in that mindset right now. A hiatus might come but I guess we’ll see!
      Thanks again! ❤

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      1. Well I’ve heard some great things so my fingers are crossed (plus it’s Marie Lu so it’s almost a guarantee I’ll love it!)
        Thanks Azia, and yeah I get what you mean but take your time and wait until you are in the mindset for blogging. It’ll work out eventually I’m sure. 🙂 ❤️

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  2. Woah, that’s definitely one big wrap-up! I never seem to be able to read that many books, agh! Teach me you ways!!
    I haven’t actually read any of the books you included here, but I’ve heard a lot about many of them, and most of them sound so interesting! So many books, so little time :’)
    In regards of the hiatus, I know how it feels! However, if you feel like going through the hiatus would be the best choice at the moment, I’d say go for it! It’s your choice 💛
    Lovely post! Thanks for writing it 💛

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    1. It certainly is haha. Lol, and short novellas are my secret weapon. Sometimes an e-book is just the cure. You get some reading done but don’t spend much time doing it!
      And yeah, a hiatus might be the kind of thing I need. I’m just afraid I might forget to come back LOL.
      And thank you so much! Thanks for visiting ❤

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  3. I just come back from hiatus to everyone taking ones too I HAVE GREAT TIMING I GUESS 😂. Take one if you feel like you need it because for me it was so worth it!! You can always take a break and that’s understandable – we’re human not robots afterall. Do what’s best for you and take care of yourself ❤!

    I’ve heard mixed things about The Hazel Wood and that has kinda put me off reading it for a while. But yessss make all the people read Six of Crows this way the fandom will take over the world. Best thing to do is make friends read all your favourite books and experience THE FEELS.

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    1. Aaaaahhh THAT’S where you’ve been XD LOLZ what am I talking about. I haven’t really been around all that much either haha. And I’ll try! Thanks hon

      The Hazel Wood is definitely for a particular audience. I think it’s a hit or miss kind of book so if you do read it, I’d keep my expectations low, just in case haha. And YAS. I try making all my bookish friends read my favorite books haha. My other friend recently bought SoC all on her own, without my recommendation. I’m so proud.

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  4. I’m glad to see that you had a great January! 😀
    I have heard a few mixed things about The Hazel Wood, so I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it! The premise of that book intrigues me a lot, I might pick it up in the future. I hope that you will have an amazing February!! ❤ 🙂

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    1. Thank you! And yeah The Hazel Wood is definitely a strange one, but just my kind of strange 😀 I hope you enjoy it too, if you ever do decide to pick it up! Thanks again, and you too!

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  5. Ah you seem to have been having a wonderful time! Your friend looks like he has his life together what hahaha Yoga and book club sounds tons of fun!
    I hope February is amazing but I do get that sometimes we might need a break from blogging… Especially if you’re not feeling it! There’s no point in making it a chore. So whatever you decide to do, best of luck 😊

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    1. I really am! And lol, well we’re both trying to get our lives together but it seems to be working out so far! And thanks so much! Sometimes a break is definitely needed 😀 Thanks for the support ^.^

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