Hello everyone and welcome to my first monthly wrap up of 2018! For some reason, January seemed like it went by pretty slowly. Was this just me or did it seem like that to you as well? Anyway, January was a pretty good reading month for me! I finished 8 books and a total of 2,792 pages, which includes the pages I read of the books I either DNF’d or started but didn’t finish in January. I’m very excited that I was able to read all that I did and I hope I’m able to read just as much (or more) in February!
Books Read in January
- The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – 5 stars (mini GR review)
- The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke – 4.25 stars
- What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – 4 stars
The first book I picked up in the new year, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, ended up being my first 5 star rating of the year! I was absolutely blown away by this book!! For more of my thoughts, see my mini review on Goodreads linked above.
The next book I read, The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke, I really enjoyed as well! It had a very unique take on time traveling which included cool magical balloons! I really liked that the main character was Jewish (which was #ownvoices) especially since the book discusses (and visits) important times in Jewish history. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Next I picked up What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. This book was really, really tough to read at times, but it discussed important topics and brought attention to horrible things that happen in the real world. Trigger/content warnings for this book include rape, victim blaming, misogyny, and homomisic and sexist slurs.
- Because I Was A Girl edited by Melissa de la Cruz – 4 stars
- Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – 4 stars
Because I needed some positivity after reading the heartbreaking What We Saw, I picked up Because I Was A Girl – a feminist anthology edited by Melissa de la Cruz. This book featured short sections written by a whole slew of women and girls. It was very inspiring to read about how these women succeeded, even when times were hard!
…And then I went right back to another heartbreaking book. This time it was Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite a long time. This book, like What We Saw, was incredibly difficult to read. The main character goes through so much and I really, really felt for her. Check out this amazing #ownvoices review if you would like to learn more about the book!
- Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – 3 stars
- Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian – 2.5 stars
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – 4 stars
After all that heartbreak, I needed a fun book to lift my spirits. I had heard so many great things about Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn so I decided to pick it up! While I definitely enjoyed some aspects of this book, there were others that I just didn’t care for. I might pick up the sequel but I’m not quite sure yet.
Next, I read Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, which had been on my TBR for literally forever (aka 2014). Going in, I didn’t expect to love it but I thought I would at least like it. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up feeling that way. It was just pretty mediocre and not really my cup of tea. I probably won’t be reading the rest of the series.
Lastly, in January I finished Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett that I definitely enjoyed! My best friend had read this book in the past and I’d also seen some people on Goodreads enjoying it so I’m glad that I liked it too!
Book I DNF’d in January
- Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin – DNF at 10%
This book started off with a very graphic sexual assault scene that caught me off guard and upset me. I tried to read a little more of the book, but I just couldn’t. So, I decided to DNF it about 30 pages in.
Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in January
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I started I Am Malala towards the end of January and was unfortunately only able to read 115 pages before the month ended. As I’m writing this post now, however, I have already finished the book and I enjoyed it! Look out for more of my thoughts on this book in February’s wrap up post in a few weeks!
Reading Challenge Progress
This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.
1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 50 books
Completed in January: 8 books
2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 18 backlist books
Completed in January: 8 books
3. Library Love Challenge
My Goal: Read 36 library books
Completed in January: 5 books
4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge
My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts
Completed in January: 7 prompts
- Read an anthology
- Read a book about time travel
- Read an adult novel
- Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time
- Read a book that was co-written
- Read a book that was recommended to you
- Read a book about feminism
Was January a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!