Can you freaking believe that it’s the last day of January?! Like when did this happen?! How is life moving so fast? There are so many crazy, fucked up things happening in the world right now and I just want to tell all of you beautiful book people that take the time to read my ramblings, that I’m so thankful that you’re alive. I’m so thankful that you are the person that you are and I hope you know that you are loved! Now that I’m done with being a bit sappy, I’m gonna tell you what I did this month!
SO let’s get started!
This month has been… exhausting. I’ve been struggling with my anxiety and my depression all month long. I’ve been having a hard time with getting through anxious moments and having a hard time stopping myself from just sitting and crying for hours for no real reason because that’s kind of how my depression shows up. I’m just having a really hard time. If you didn’t know, the world kind of sucks right now and there’s a lot of awful things happening and because there are various changes coming up in my life, these things are hitting me a lot harder than I’m used to. I also haven’t seen my therapist in a while and that doesn’t help.
However… some good things: I’ve been spending a lot more time with my family. I don’t have the greatest relationship with some of the extended members of my family but even though I tend to disagree with them and their attitudes, it’s great to just be hanging out with them, specially both of my grandmas because I love them both so much. February might not be the best month either because of those changes I mentioned above but I hope it’ll be better than this month.
Books I Read
- Dreadnought (Nemesis #1) by April Daniels – This is a book that I started in December, trying to make sure to finish it before publication so I could review it since it’s an ARC. I really enjoyed this book! I was a little apprehensive because I’m not really the biggest fan of superhero books but I was so entertained by the action in this story and loved by Danny’s strength and growth. I’d definitely recommend it and if you want to hear more of my thoughts, you can check out my review which is below!
- Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer – I enjoyed reading the novellas at the end of this series though I had read some of these before. While I liked the collection as a whole, I don’t think reading it made a difference. I honestly just wanted to read the last novella which is set after the events of Winter and that one was my favorite haha.
- Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m really glad I picked up this series to re-read and finish. I don’t think I’m enjoying it as much as I did when I was younger but it’s still entertaining. I really enjoy Stiefvater’s writing style and the sort of folklore and mystery behind the wolves involved in this story. I’m hoping to finish this series within the next few months.
- A List of Cages by Robin Roe – This is my first five star read of the year and I still haven’t stopped thinking about this book guys. It’s so intense, so powerful and just so heartbreaking to read. A link to my review will be further down on this post but I just want to say that I highly, highly recommend this book. However, be aware that it could be triggering for people, there are graphic depictions of mental, emotional and physical abuse.
- Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez – This is the last book that I had started in December that I finished this month and I enjoyed it overall. This book was really easy to read but I wouldn’t be able to explain the plot to you because it’s definitely unique and intriguing. This story is basically just about the main character and how she processes grief and there’s a lot of great Latinx side characters, so if that sounds interesting to you, check out my review below!
- The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro – I can now definitely say that I’m a fan of this series. The first book was really entertaining and action packed and the second one is so much better! I do have to say that the narration of this book can make the reader confused because the main character is lost on a lot of things. But that finale was cruel and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NOW!
- the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace – I haven’t read poetry since high school and I honestly feel like I don’t think I know how to read poetry when I don’t have to analyze it to death for a paper. However, I really liked the way this author decided to express herself in her poetry. I had heard such great things about it on Twitter and I’m glad that I checked it out. Though I have no idea how I’m going to review it now haha.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (The Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch – Guys I was so hyped to start this book! So many people love it, so many people recommend it and while I can say that I definitely enjoyed it… I was also really confused haha. The world building is very confusing, I couldn’t picture the fantasy world well and there was no map to guide me. However, the world is very well thought out, the plot is intricate and the characters were entertaining and amazing! I can’t wait to continue the series.
- Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – This is the book that my friends and I picked for our book club this month and I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed it! I thought the premise was really interesting and unique and the author pulled it off really well. However, the characters could easily get on my nerves and there were some scenes that I wasn’t a fan of. But I still recommend it if it sounds good to you!
- Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1, Chronicles of Ixia #7) by Maria V. Snyder – This is the last book that I managed to finish before the end of the month and I am not ashamed to say that I’m biased. This is my favorite series of all time and I’m so happy I finally started the last trilogy! It’s action packed, entertaining and engaging. It basically reads like an Adult book with a YA pace since all the characters are adults now and I just love it.
- Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends #3) by Kelley Armstrong – I finally started this, yes! This is the last book in this trilogy and I’ve been trying to get to this for a long time. This definitely isn’t my favorite series by this author but the last two books have improved. I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends.
- The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson – I needed to start this book this month. Because I had so many backlogged books to finish left over from December, I didn’t read as many books from my actual monthly TBR. But before the month ended, I made sure to start the second book in this series. The first one really surprised me and this one is just as good already, if not better.
- Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes – Another one that I really wanted to read this month and that I started as soon as I could. I’m actually a bit nervous about how I’ll feel about this one. I know a lot of huge fans of this series and one of those gave it two stars so I don’t know what I’ll think!
- Night Study (Soulfinders #2, Chronicles of Ixia #8) by Maria V. Snyder – And last but not least, because I couldn’t help myself after the ending of the first book, I had to start this one immediately! I mean that literally because I stayed up until 1 am reading the first few chapters even though I had to be up early for work. So much dedication!
Posts I Shared
- Book Review – Prudence by Gail Carriger
- ARC Review – A List of Cages by Robin Roe
- Book Review – Imprudence by Gail Carriger
- ARC Review – Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
- Series Review – Hex Hall Trilogy by Rachel Hawkins
- ARC Review – Dreadnought by April Daniels
- Series Review – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Book Review – Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
Top 5 Wednesday
Book Traveling Thursdays
- Jan. 5th – Book You’d Like to Read for the First Time Again
- Jan 19th – Book Set in a Fictional World
- Top 10 Books of 2016
- 2017 Personal, Reading and Blogging Resolutions
- 2017 Reading Challenges
- January ’17 TBR – High Fantasy TBR
- Looks on Books #12 – The Archived by Victoria Schwab
- Sara 101: Favorite Authors
- Monthly Obsessions #11
- Goodreads Reading Challenge – 10/50 (20%)
Not bad for the first month! I always try to get to at least ten books read each month, that was my average last year, so I did that well! I know I don’t need to read as much this year but it’s good to know that I can if I want to haha.
- Read It While It’s Hot Challenge – 4/50
Already doing great in this one too! Thanks to all the ARCs I got this year and late last year but I hope to also read new releases since I didn’t actually read one that was actually published yet.
- 2017 Debut Author Challenge – 1/12
On track with this one! Dreadnought was a great read. This is probably the one that I take the slowest and with not as much pressure because I never want to read so many that I stop looking forward to them.
- Finishing the Series Challenge – x/30
Did any of you see this coming? The challenge that I focused on the most last year is the one that I’m already sort of failing. I had SO MANY books on my TBR to finish series and I managed to read none of them. Hopefully next month is better.
- Read Like a Grown Up Challenge – 1/12
So far so good with this one. Locke Lamora took me a lot longer to read than I thought, I guess Adult books are longer than YA or at least this one was and that threw me off a bit but I hope to continue to keep up with this one.
- Stand With the Loners Challenge – 3/12
All the standalones I read this month were not the one I had set up to read haha. Thanks again to those ARCs! However, I want to tryy to pick up the ones I choose for this section.
- Catch Up with the Release – 3/24
Yay for me! Doing well in this one too! I really wanted to get to Shadow Study which I did and some of the other books I read managed to count for this too and I didn’t even notice haha.
So that’s it for this post! I wrote all of this in the last three hours, rushing to publish it before midnight. I’ve been gone all day but I pulled it off people! I’m really freaking glad tomorrow is a holiday here because I’m exhausted. If you have any ideas on how I can go back to being up to date with my scheduling, let me know! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!