The month of January was a pretty excellent reading month for me! Even though I had a bit of reading slump around halfway through the month, I was still able to complete 9 books with a total of 3,488 pages! As for my monthly TBR, I managed to read 5 out of the 7 books on the list. I’m extremely happy about this!
Books Read in January
- I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – 4 stars
At first, I wasn’t sure what book to pick as my first read of the year. But as you can see, I went with I’ll Meet You There because it had to go back to the library soon and it also sounded interesting. Overall, I ended up really enjoying it! It’s definitely a great contemporary novel and I highly recommend it to fans of the genre.
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #1) – 3.75 stars
- Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #2) – 4.25 stars
Ever since the fourth book in the Falling Kingdoms series was released in December, I’ve been wanting to read it. However, since it was several months since I had read the first three books, I realized I forgot a lot of what happened. To fix this problem, I decided to reread the first three books. I first started with books 1 and 2 (more on book 3 later). I enjoyed them both just as much as I did the first time around! Falling Kingdoms is definitely a good start to the series and Rebel Springs is even better! The series definitely gets better and better with each book.
- The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis – 3.5 stars
I took a small break from reading the Falling Kingdoms series to read this book. It had been on my radar for a little bit, but I was waiting for it to come in at the library. It finally came in so I picked it up and dove right in! Overall, I liked the book but wasn’t totally in love with it. Some aspects were unrealistic and I couldn’t completely connect with the characters. I still enjoyed it and I would definitely consider reading more books by Marci Lyn Curtis in the future.
- Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #3) – 5 stars
- Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #4) – 5 stars
I continued on with my Falling Kingdoms marathon by rereading Gathering Darkness. This was my favorite book in the series when I first read books 1-3 and it was definitely as amazing as the first time around! Then, after I finished rereading the previous books, it was finally time to dive in to Frozen Tides. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait! So many crazy things happened and I just love the characters SO much! I’m not sure if I liked it as much as Gathering Darkness or more – the series is just so great that it’s hard to tell.
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 3 stars
After the awesomeness that was Frozen Tides, I ended up getting stuck in a reading slump. I tried to read a few books, but they just weren’t doing anything for me. One night before bed, I randomly picked up Obsidian and I ended up reading around 35 pages of it! I first read this book back in 2014 and I still feel like it’s a good start to a fun and entertaining series! It also helped me to get out of my reading slump, which was great!
- The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – 4.5 stars
This book was so good! It had fantastic characters (including an awesome bisexual main lead), a super interesting magic system, and an intriguing world. I’m very much looking forward to the sequel! For more of my thoughts on this book, click here for my review.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – 4 stars
I finished up the month by finally reading A Darker Shade of Magic. It seems like this book has been on my TBR for so long! I’m happy to say that I ended up really enjoying it. The magic system was awesome and the plot was very interesting! The only thing is, while I enjoyed Kell and Lila, I didn’t feel completely connected with them. The book was very plot driven (which isn’t a bad thing) but I was hoping for a little more attention on the characters. Hopefully this issue is addressed in the sequel!
Reading Challenge Progress
This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.
1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
My Goal: 80 books
Completed in January: 9 books
2. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Goal of the Challenge: To read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)
Completed in January: 5 letters (A, F, G, I, O, and R)
3. Full House Reading Challenge
Goal of the Challenge: To read a book for each of the prompts found here
Completed in January: 5 prompts
The Prompts Completed
- Published in 2016 – The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
- Book from series you love – Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
- Debut novel – The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
- Author’s surname starts with same letter as yours – I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
- First in a series – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
4. I Love Libraries Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 36 books from the library
Completed in January: 3 books
5. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 40 fantasy books
Completed in January: 6 books
How was your month in terms of reading? Did you read all the books from your TBR that you wanted to? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up post! I would love to see what you all read this month.