Hello, book lovers! 💕
We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.
But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.
So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!
The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.
The following is from Goodreads:
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.
But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.
I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.
But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
For February being such a short month, I managed to get a decent amount of reading done. Though that extra day tacked on at the end didn’t necessarily help by the way. I probably would have gotten the same amount read as any other month. That is, I read a total of five books, but one of those was a graphic novel. A very short graphic novel. So technically four.
The first book I read this month was actually one that I started in January, but finished in February. Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer was one that I picked up on a whim one day when I was at the library. And it was exactly what I was looking for at the time. A deep contemporary that literally hit me in all the feels.
I wrote a review for it, so I won’t go too much into my thoughts here, but know that it is definitely one that I would recommend if you like YA contemporary fiction that will be hard hitting.
After that was the Tome Topple readathon, so the next couple books that I read were over 500 pages long, and they are probably the reason I didn’t get through many books this month. Though, I listened to both of them on audiobook, so I was able to get through them pretty quickly.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi was the first one that I was able to finish for that readathon, and unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I think it had something to do with the fact that I listened to it on audiobook, and I couldn’t get as invested as I wanted to be. Again, I did a whole review on this book and my unpopular opinion.
The same thing happened with The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell. It is literally a 700 page tome, and there was a lot of story to follow along. I listened to it on audiobook, and got lost throughout. I don’t plan on reviewing this book since it is a sequel, but I did really enjoy it regardless of the fact that I couldn’t quite follow along. The first book, The Last Magician is definitely worth checking out. The series includes a lot of traveling through time and magic, which is what initially drew me into the story.
In between the tomes I was reading, I decided to pick up something shorter. I had requested The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill from the library a few months back, and it had finally came in this month. So I picked it up and read it in one sitting. Granted it was only 75 pages, but it was so adorable and whimsy. It was just what I needed in between the fantasy books I was reading. I’ll definitely be picking up the next book in the series because I want to continue on in the cuteness.
The last book that I read this month was Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed. I preordered this a few months ago, and it came out in the beginning of this month. So of course I had to read it this month. And as I’m writing this post, I’m still reading it. Then again, there are still two days left in the month. I know that I’d be able to finish before the end of the month being that I’m already over halfway through it. And let me tell you, I love it. I absolutely love it. Though, I’d read anything by Becky Albertalli. But that’s beside the point. I love how diverse the characters are, and there are references to pop culture, which I am living for. Like Nintendo and Mario Bros.
So those are the books that I read this month. There weren’t many of them, though this is probably the average I’m able to get through in a month, regardless of the month being shorter. But I really enjoyed most of them.
What did you guys read this month? Did you read any of these books? If so, what’d you think of them? I’d love to know in the comments below!