Wrap Up and TBR

January 2018 Wrap Up

Hello Readers!

So here I am with my Wrap Up for the first month of 2018. And as far as I can tell, I had a good reading month. I read a total of 7 books, 1 book I rated 3.5 stars, 4 I rated 4 stars and I had 2 books which I rated 5 stars this month. And of the 7 books, 4 were audiobooks, 1 was an ebook and 2 were physical books.

To Be A Cat by Matt Haig

“Barney Willow’s life couldn’t get any worse. He’s weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him – Barney has no idea why. And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney’s existence a complete misery! Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there’s no sign of him ever coming home.

Barney just wants to escape. To find another life. To be a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier – right?”

I actually really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun children’s book, which is whimsical and shows you what it is like to be a cat and the strange and wonderful world of a cat. It is funny because, I have a cat and everything I see him sleeping on the couch, I say that he has a wonderful life where there are no hard obligations. And then I joke that I would love to be cat but the only downside would be that I can’t read anymore.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.”

This was actually a very surprising read. It is told backwards and that way you get to know more and more of the story and why the main character ended up at the place she is in the beginning. I had no expectations getting into the book and now that I have read it I would love to read more books like that and more of E. Lockhart in general.

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…”

I enjoyed reading this. I loved that the book is diverse when it comes to its characters. It was a fast paced book which kept me listening to the audiobook. I do have to say that now I have had some time to think about it, there are some things I am not really a fan of or getting. The town is one of them, to me it seems a bit surreal that a whole town would act like that. And the main character’s best friend has bi-polar but I can’t remember that she was actually diagnosed. She was on medication but I can’t remember if she was also seeing a therapist for her mental illness. That might be because it has been a month since I read this book.

Vanish and Hidden by Sophie Jordan

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.”

These are the second and third installment in the Firelight series. I borrowed this series for a friend and I did enjoy reading it. It is a typical YA series, but I wasn’t annoyed which I normally am when I read those kind of books. I was actually enjoying the books and the romance at bit. This is a very addictive series and I believe that I read each book in 1 or 2 days, because I was that addicted to them.

Everless by Sara Holland

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.”

This book really surprised me. I enjoyed it so much and I really thought that it was a really original idea and I haven’t seen it before. I didn’t get the plot twist in the end and everything was really creative in my opinion. I am planning to still write a review on this, because I really enjoyed it and it was my first 5 star read of the year.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.

But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.

And in the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris for everyone to be reminded of what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene is to be married to unite Teod and Arelon against the religious imperialists of Fjordell. But she is told that Raoden, her husband to be, is dead.

Determined to carry on the fight for Teod and Arelon’s freedom, Sarene clashes with the high priest Hrathen. If Hrathen can persuade the populace to convert, Fjordell will reign supreme.

But there are secrets in Elantris, the dead and the ruined may yet have a role to play in this new world. Magic lives.”

This was my first time reading a book by Brandon Sanderson. So I thought it was a good idea to start with his first book, that way I his writing can grow on me, and the books can only get better for me and I won’t get disappointment by his first book. And if his books really get better with the time, than I do hope that Goodreads will incorporate a 5+ rating, because this was already a 5 star for me. I loved the world and the characters.

 

So those were the books I read in January and I did something new at the beginning, I put in some ruff stats. Would you like me to do that for the rest of the months as well? Not only showing the books I have read and my thoughts on them but also the stats involving the books.

2 thoughts on “January 2018 Wrap Up

  1. So good to hear you loved Everless and Genuine Fraud! I loved both of these books!

    I don’t think I’ve read anything by Brandon Sanderson either, will have to add him to the list I think!

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    1. I am glad that I enjoyed them as well! And Brandon Sanderson is a Fantasy writer, he writes both YA and Adult, and so far I have heard only great things about him. I hope you will enjoy his books as well 🙂

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