Hello, book lovers! 💕
I’ll probably sound like a broken record every time that I post a wrap up, but I seriously can’t believe how fast January flew by. But at the same time, I feel like the month dragged, if that makes any sense whatsoever.
Either way, I think this month was a pretty good reading month for me. I read a lot more than I was expecting to, though I only put a few books on my TBR so I wouldn’t feel so pressured to read. It didn’t start off too good, but it definitely ended on a high note.
I ended up reading 7 books in January, which is the most I’ve read in a month in a while. The last time I read that many books in a month was probably in October last year, and it felt really good to be able to finally have some motivation to read.
But without any further ado, let’s get onto the books that I read in January!
Like I mentioned, January didn’t start off that great. I didn’t have any motivation to read anything, so it wasn’t until the middle of the month when I finally picked up a new book.
I will say that I had started a book at the end of December that got carried over into January; that one I finished pretty much right away, and after that, my reading hit a standstill. But that book was The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler. I have a review of this book up on my blog if you’re interested in knowing more of my thoughts (and read how I basically gushed over the book).
It wasn’t until almost a week into the new year that I picked up Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. And while it took me almost two weeks to get through, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Honestly, I think that book helped me get in the mood to read again. I have a review of this one as well if you want to know my thoughts on it (just know this was the first book I gave a five-star rating this year so there will be a lot of praise in that review).
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas also kind of sparked my love of reading. This book came out in the middle of January, and I wasn’t planning on reading it right away. I ordered a copy from Barnes and Noble since I had gotten a gift card for Christmas. But I didn’t think I’d get to it as soon as I did let alone read it as quickly as I did.
I admit I ended up getting the audiobook from my library because all of Angie Thomas’s books have so much more depth when I listen to them. But I didn’t expect to get sucked into this book so much so that I would read it in one day. That was never the plan. But that’s what happened. And I plan on doing a review of my thoughts on this book very soon.
After I finished that book, I figured it was time to finish the Avatar comics. I had been putting it off for so long (I think I had them on my TBRs for the last few months), and I decided I needed to read them. So I did. I really did enjoy them and the comic series as a whole. I loved being able to see these characters from the TV show after it ended and the shenanigans that they got into. Honestly, I kind of wish there were more after these because I don’t want to leave these characters. They have become so near and dear to me.
And the last two books I read this month were ones that I wasn’t even thinking about reading until I picked them up. I randomly started reading 1984 by George Orwell, and I really don’t know exactly what possessed me to read it. My boyfriend keeps telling me I should read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and that got me thinking about 1984. So I guess that’s what made me want to pick it up. But I didn’t actually think that I would sit down and read the whole thing (well, I listened to the audiobook but still).
I had read it in high school originally, and I really didn’t remember anything that happened other than the iconic “Big Brother is Watching” slogan. The little details were all a blur to the point where it felt like I was reading the book for the first time again.
Then for whatever reason, reading that book put me in the mood to read other classics. And I don’t normally like reading classics, but I figured I’d give them a try to the point where I think I might make it a goal for this year to read more classics. I think what I like about most classics is that I can find them for free for my Kindle. And I’m all about that because I really don’t want to be spending tons of money on books (though I still do if I’m being honest but every little bit helps).
But I decided to pick up Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I have never read the book, and I’ve heard some crazy things about it, like it’s really bizarre and that Lewis Carroll might have been on drugs or something when he wrote it. It kind of helped that I had seen the Disney version and Tim Burton version countless times, so the strangeness of the story didn’t really shock me that much. It actually made it easier to imagine some of the things that were happening.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I read in January. Even though some of the books that I read were kind of short, I’d say that it was a pretty good reading month for me. What are some books that you read in January? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
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