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!
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!
Batman: Nightwalker | Marie Lu | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
The Upside of Falling Down | Rebekah Crane | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Warcross | Marie Lu | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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.
- Make more of an effort to reach my monthly goals. I accomplished only ONE thing from my monthly goal list for last month (healthier eating). Sad. Just SAD.
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! ❤