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!
I honestly feel like July didn’t even happen; that’s how fast it went by. I know I say this with every wrap up I post, but this year is seriously flying by. And this month was no different. But I don’t feel like I got that much reading done. I read three books, maybe four when the month actually ends in a couple of days. Which is relatively less than what I read last month. I just had so many on my TBR that I wanted to read but just never got around to reading.
The first book I finished this month was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I read this so early in the month that I honestly thought that I read it in June (that’s how much these months are blurring together lately). But it’s one that I remember loving so much. It’s also one that I wasn’t sure why I hadn’t picked it up sooner. It came out in 2012, and there was so much hype around it. I just never thought that it was something that I’d be interested in. Boy, was I wrong. I need to read the next book in the series ASAP because it was so good. I did a full book review on it if you’re interested in more of my thoughts.
I definitely plan on picking up the sequel in the next couple months because I really want to know what happens with these characters that I grew so attached to throughout the story.
After finishing The Raven Boy’s, I decided to pick up Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. I wanted to read something that wasn’t fantasy, even though The Raven Boy’s borderlines fantasy and magical realism. Clap When You Land is more contemporary, even if it is a more heavy contemporary. But it was one that I really enjoyed. This was the first book I gave five stars in a while, so that tells you right there that it was really good. No, even more than really good. It was phenomenal.
I honestly love all of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books. Each one is unique but also so powerful. Again, I have a full review on this book, as well as an Author Appreciation post that is mainly me just gushing about Elizabeth Acevedo and my love for her books.
The third book I finished this month was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I picked this book up while I was in the middle of Clap When You Land because at the time, I wanted something that wasn’t so heavy. Plus, I was in the mood to listen to an audiobook, although the audiobook was 18 hours long. This is probably why I didn’t read that much this month. That, and because I’ve been sucked into video games yet again. So that takes away from my reading time, which is why I listen to audiobooks so often.
But anyway, I didn’t do a review on this book because I don’t usually write reviews for sequels. Though I will if you guys are interested in my thoughts on this book (or any other sequels I read in the future). But the compact version is that I really enjoyed this sequel, and I’ve been really enjoying books with multiple perspectives and a large cast of characters. I’m sure a lot of you have read this duology (though I think there is going to be another book in the series) since I was so late jumping on the bandwagon that is Leigh Bardugo and her Grishaverse. A lot happens in this book, and I’m still trying to fully wrap my head around how Leigh Bardugo was able to create such a complex and intricate world.
The book I’ll probably have finished by the time the month ends is Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli. This is such a short book that I’m really surprised it’s taking me this long to finish (it’s literally only 100 pages). But I’m halfway through it, and I know if I push myself over the next couple days, I’ll get through it. Even though I don’t want to rush because I want to be with these characters for as long as possible as it follows the most beloved Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah from Leah on the Off Beat.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I finished and will finish this month. While it wasn’t my best reading month, I’m not upset that I didn’t read that much. There have been so many other things that I want to do that I have to try to balance all of my hobbies in one month, and that sometimes means I don’t read as much. And that’s okay. As long as I am enjoying myself when I read, that’s all that matters.
What books did you read this month? Have you read any that I read this month? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!