I don’t know about you, but I have a problem with buying new books. I can’t stop. The frequency with which I buy books is nowhere near the frequency with which I read them and the result is a towering stack of books I haven’t read stashed in a corner of my room judging me. And so, in an effort to combat this problem, January was a full month of only reading books I haven’t read yet (I’m a big rereader/mood reader so this was a little challenging but I did it!)
So all up, I read eight books and I really enjoyed all of them save for one that I found kind of boring, but we’ll get into that in a second.
Rules for Vanishing
By Kate Alice Marshall – 4/5 stars
While overall I really enjoyed this book, there were a few times that I struggled to be in the mood to read it. I think it was mostly not being able to connect with the main protagonist. I found her kind of annoying. But I absolutely adored the way this book was formatted, with the chapters being like a written confessional and transcripts of videos and interviews included. I thought it was really refreshing for a YA novel and it really heightened the horror of this one.
By Kate Weinberg – 3/5 stars
This is the book I found boring. Which I’m super disappointed about because I loved the idea behind it. I loved the complex characters and the interwoven relationships. But something about this one just fell so short for me. I kind of had to force myself through it a bit. It was quite slow paced, which I’m usually not about, but it kind of worked for this novel. I think the real problem I had was with the writing style. It seemed like it was trying too hard to be spectacular. It was overly flowery, a few metaphors just didn’t make sense and just idk. I struggled okay. I’m sorry.
By Lauren Oliver – 4.5/5 stars
Okay the first thing you should know is I adore Lauren Oliver. I have read so many of her books and when I heard about this one I was so unbelievably excited. And it did not disappoint! This was one of my favourite reads of the month and I’m still planning to write an official review for it, I just need to decipher my notes and sit down and do it. The writing was excellent, the characters were excellent, the plot was fast-paced and exciting. I loved that we got snippets of the book the girls were obsessed with and the fanfic they were writing about it. There was one major issue I had with one of the criptic clues for whodunnit was not really done in a way that made sense at the reveal when looking back, but the way this book ended and everything about it was just so dang clever and satisfying!
One of Us is Lying
By Karen M. McManus – 4/5 stars
I’m not going to go into too much about this one because I posted an official review for it (everywhere). If you hadn’t guessed already, I really loved this book! I devoured in less than 24 hours and adored the characters and that ending! Just yes! Read this book.
The Dragon’s Heart (ARC)
By Alysha King – 4/5 stars
Again, I’ve posted an official review for this one everywhere, so go read that if you haven’t because I rave about this book and this needs to be added to your tbrs. It’s an indie novel by an Aussie author and I’m so proud of this one. It’s her second novel and it was epic and heartbreaking and you should read it!
We Are Not Okay
By Natalia Gomes – 3/5 stars
Another kind of “eh” book for me this month. I really wish this one had been better because it explores so many important things in the YA genre and life as a teenager. But it just didn’t do it for me. The writing was “eh”, the characters all felt very similar and didn’t have distinct voices, and there’s a few graphic bits that I feel aren’t really okay for a younger YA audience. Proceed with caution if you decide to read this one.
By Derek Landy – 4/5 stars
I loved this book! Oh my goodness. It was crazy. In the best way. The characters were just downright hilarious, the plot was mildly ridiculous but so well done and there was way more gore and violence than I originally thought there was going to be. This was just so entertaining and I really want to read the rest of the trilogy.
One of Us is Next
By Karen M. McManus – 4.5/5 stars
My last official read of the month did not disappoint. Not even a little bit. In fact, I think this might just be my favourite read of the month. Again, there’s official reviews up (everywhere), so if you want to read those, please do! I literally loved everything about this book. And the characters. The ending was another one of those holy sh*t that is so satisfying to read and look back on all the little easter eggs hidden along the way. Definitely read these books if you’re into YA mystery/thriller.
January’s Favourite Read:
Honestly this month it’s a tie between Broken Things and One of Us is Next. I adored both of these (for similar reasons actually). I think if I was forced to choose, I’d go with One of Us is Next because I’m more attached to those characters and there was more romance in it (what can I say, I’m a sucker for a bit of romance).
Books I’m looking forward to reading next month:
As you can probably tell from the genres I read in January, I’ve been in a bit of a fantasy slump. But I’m done. I’m ready to tackle this problem and I’m determined to get back into reading fantasies. So next month the goal is to finally finish the Throne of Glass series. Anyone that knows me, knows I’m not a massive fan of Sarah J. Maas’s writing, but I’ve literally read all of the books EXCEPT the last one and I’m just so sick of it. I need to finish it, but I also can’t really remember what happened, so I am going to embark on a full series reread and finally finish this goddamn series.