Hello my lovelies! I can’t believe we’re already looking at the first wrap-up of 2020! January has simultaneously felt a million years long but also over in the blink of an eye?!
From the quality of books I’ve read this month, I’m feeling good about what’s to come this year. Last year felt very ‘meh’ in reading terms and I didn’t discover many new all-time favourites but I have a feeling 2020 is going to be amazing!
Magpie by Sophie Draper
This is the second book I’ve read by Sophie Draper and while I loved the first, I was disappointed by this one. I found it dull and meandering but I’m hoping the author’s next book will be more like her debut.
Pine by Francine Toon
I loved this Gothic debut with its atmospheric setting and eerie mythological ties. I questioned the ending slightly but on the whole, this was a very enjoyable read!
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
I loved everything about this one. It had me giggling before the end of the first page and it has stayed with me long after finishing it. I definitely recommend this one for fans of great characters.
All The Rage by Cara Hunter
My first Cara Hunter did not disappoint. I found this to be a compelling and original thriller, which addressed important and timely issues.
Bad Island by Stanley Donwood
This graphic novel was a fast read but one which was stark and haunting. I’ll be reviewing it soon so keep your eyes open!
Books from my TBR
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
My first read of the year was one which I was highly anticipating and which didn’t let me down. This gorgeous book was an incredible reading experience and one that I recommend to all fantasy fans.
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
This middle grade was a Christmas gift from one of my besties and I really enjoyed it. You know me by now, wintery aesthetics are my jam 😉
White Stag by Kara Barbieri
I had been anticipating this one for a good while but sadly, it was a bit of a let-down. I found it very repetitive and there was an immaturity to the tone that I didn’t enjoy. Full review coming soon!
A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke
Oh look, we’re back with that winter aesthetic. This was a prequel to A Shiver of Snow and Sky which I read a few years ago and loved. While this one didn’t grab me as much as that one did, I still really enjoyed it. Lueddecke’s writing is lovely.
No rereads yet this year but I have a few planned for the coming months!
Total pages: 3147
Average pages per day: 101.5
Longest book: The Starless Sea (498 pages)
Shortest book: Bad Island (144 pages)
Favourite read of the month: Not So Pure and Simple/The Starless Sea (for very different reasons!)
Biggest disappointment of the month: Magpie
Male authors: 2
Female authors: 7
Multiple authors: 0
How many books did you read in January? Which was your favourite? Let me know in the comments! x