Howdy, bookworms! The month of January is somehow over already, and I had a pretty good reading month. I read seven books in January, which is above average for me. Most of them wound up with 4 to 5 star ratings, and the majority were well over 400 pages. So I’m off to a great start with my 2018 reading challenge!
The books I read in January are:
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
If I wanted to start my reading year with a bang, I knew I had to make my first read a Harry Potter book. Order of the Phoenix is my absolute favorite, so it worked out perfectly. I don’t think it needs to be said, but I gave it a 5 of 5 stars. My love for the fifth book has not wavered a bit.
2. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Queen of the Tearling was my least favorite January read, coming in at 2 of 5 stars. I appreciated parts of the story, and I might even continue with it one day. But overall, the plot dragged and pieces of the book were noticeably problematic. If you’re interested, I have a full review of the book here.
3. The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
I received a digital ARC of The Last to Let Go from NetGalley. It only took me a few sittings to finish, and I have to say, I really enjoyed reading it. Smith tackles some very important topics in this new release, and I definitely recommend picking it up. It comes out on February 6th, and I have a spoiler-free review here.
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
For some reason, Half-Blood Prince is my least read Harry Potter book. It just never resonated with me as a child, at least not nearly as much as the other books did. After reading it this month, I’m kind of kicking myself. The sixth book is objectively J.K. Rowling’s best work. I looooved it. With lots of Os.
5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The internet exploded with praise for The Cruel Prince this month. Of course, that made me run out and buy it. (And by run out, I mean log onto Amazon). I must admit, this novel is one of the rare ones that lives up to the hype. It was dark and exciting, and I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I’ve been trying to get a review up for over a week now, but I promise I’ll have a more detailed description of my thoughts up soon!
6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Revisiting The Mortal Instruments is one of the better decisions I made in January. It’s been a few years since I last read City of Bones, and it was nice to fall back into the Shadowhunter world. That said, I did pick up on some issues I hadn’t noticed during my first read. To hear more about them, you can check out my spoiler-free review of the book.
7. The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig
I ended January by finally finishing The Kick-Ass Writer. It’s taken me a while to finish this one, and that had nothing to do with the quality of the book and everything to do with my crippling self-esteem. This book is hilariously written and offers solid advice, but I should warn you: Wendig is such a fantastic writer, you’ll become bitter and jealous and never want to read this book or write anything again. Ever. But despite how inadequate this book made me feel, I gave it 4.5 stars out of 5. I’m hoping to discuss this in some kind of post as well!
And that’s all I read in January! What books did you finish this month? Let me know in the comments below!