January 2019 Wrap-up!

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January is finally over! I’m not one for wishing time away but this has been one LOOONG month. And sadly, I didn’t read as much as I had hoped to in all this time. Going back to work and uni took its toll on my reading time, plus I’ve had a lot of headaches that have stopped me from reading even when I’ve had time. But the books I did read were, on the whole, fantastic!

Let’s take a look!


Review Books

The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins

My first read of 2019 was this delightfully feminist middle-grade book. I loved the vivid descriptions and, of course, the musical subject matter was right up my street. There is some great diversity here and some surprisingly dark moments. A great start to the year!

 

Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

The first thriller I read this year is one of the best I’ve ever come across. This is a slow-burning and mysterious book, with heaps of atmosphere and plenty of twists and turns. I particularly loved the inclusion of the dark fairytales throughout the book.

 

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

A slow-burning, Gothic read, this one was incredibly absorbing. Mazzola did a great job of portraying a moment in history and all the misogyny that accompanied it.


Books from my TBR

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

I read this with the Dragons and Tea Book Club and I’m so glad I did. This is a fascinating book focusing on a mental health topic that is not often explored. I loved the format of the book and found the whole thing so clever. And getting to ask the author questions on Goodreads made it an even more special reading experience!

 

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

I felt such a connection with this quiet little book. I’m still thinking about the characters long after finishing it. Brunt tackles the subject of the AIDS epidemic with such tact. She has created a work of beauty in this book and I want everyone to read it.

 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I read this book with my own book club this month and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I had been nervous about it as Beauty and the Beast retellings are starting to get a little overdone, but I loved the wintery Russian vibes in this one!

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This was one of the books I read for the 24in48 readathon and I really enjoyed it. It’s classic Gaiman, both dark and whimsical, with fantastic characters and moments of real wit.

 

Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman

Another book I read for 24in48, this was the only book I read in January that I didn’t enjoy. It felt extremely juvenile and there was nothing memorable about it, other than the animal cruelty.

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My final read of the month was certainly a powerful one. I’m glad I finally picked this one up. I felt much more of a connection to it than I expected to, thanks in part to the author’s skill at writing dialogue. So deserving of the hype.


Rereads

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

I only managed one reread this month and it was this book that I haven’t read since my school days. It was fun to go back and remember what was so good about this book, as well as seeing how far we’ve come in the discussion about autism in the last few years.


Stats

Total pages: 3385

Average pages per day: 109

Longest book: The Hate U Give (438 pages)

Shortest book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (268 pages)

Favourite read of the month: Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Biggest disappointment of the month: Your Turn to Die

Male authors: 2

Female authors: 8

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Well, that was January! How many books did you manage to read this month? What was your favourite? Let me know in the comments! And thanks for reading xsignature (2)

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20 thoughts on “January 2019 Wrap-up!

  1. YES ugh January felt like the longest month ever, like every year ahah I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way. You had a great reading month though that’s amazing! So happy you liked THUG, I really loved it too 🙂 I can’t wait to read The Wicker King, it sounds AWESOME. 😀
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful February! ❤

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  2. Sounds like you had a great reading month, even if it didn’t feel like it to you. I thought this month felt shorter than it should have, but time’s weird like that! 🙂

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  3. January was definitley suspiciously long, I suspect sorcery! It looks you had a lovely reading month 😊 I’m so pleased you enjoyed Hunted and The Wicker King so much, I think they’re both wonderful. I wish there were more books with creative formats like The Wicker King, it was so fascinating to read! The Turnaway Girls sounds like a really good read, and I’m a little bit in love with the cover. Middle grade books always have such beautiful covers! I hope February will be another wonderful reading month for you ❤️ Happy reading!

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    • Haha absolutely! The Wicker King was so original, I’ll be looking out for the author’s next book which will hopefully be in the same format! The Turnaway Girls was really good, though I did get distracted by the cover occasionally hehe. You’re right though, middle grade books always seem to be so beautiful ❤ Thank you sweetie, likewise! 🙂

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