January Wrap Up – Record Smashed

Happy February everyone! Is it just me or did this January go by way quicker than last year’s January? Last year I had so much stuff going on, and yet time went so slow. Now I’ve done exactly nothing and I feel like time went by so quick…

Honestly I shouldn’t even complain that time goes by quick. I am so done with Winter. I want long Summer days! Also I said that I did nothing this month, but that is of course not true. I read. A lot. At least for me. Eleven books were sped through this month, and I’m quite proud of that amount! At this pace I’ll have to adjust my Goodreads goal! Anyway, this is a wrap up post, so let’s actually wrap up, shall we?january wrap up january wrap up january wrap up

Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

My Rating: ★★★★★

My first book of the year was a good one. I rated it five stars, though to be entirely honest it is so far my least favorite of the three I have read. I really liked the story, but I felt like their were too many side characters. I would’ve been content to read more about Holden and crew, and I felt like they had less of a presence in this book. Oh well, I really want to read the fourth book this year, so I should probably order it soon!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

My Rating: ★★★★★

Finally finished this one. I had started it a long time ago (September 2019, lol) and never finished it because I found out I still had ARCs to read and review. I also didn’t quite feel like starting over, so I read a summary up to the point where I thought I had left off, and continued from there. It’s funny how everyone said the second half gets really violent, and I was still surprised. I definitely don’t think this is your average fantasy read though. Some critical thought is required.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

My Rating: ★★★★★

It was time that I finally read this book. I read the first one, The Lies of Locke Lamora, in… 2017. Luckily, I didn’t have to remember every single detail of that book in order to read this one. In fact, it was only important I remembered the last part. I thought the start was kind of slow, and it took me a minute to really get into it. But, I really enjoyed all the new characters! I hope some of them come back in the third book.

The Entire Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

My Rating: ★★★★☆

For some reason I felt like rereading the entire Hunger Games Trilogy, so I did just that. Read all three of them in one weekend. It had been so long since I read them, I loved reading all the little details I had forgotten about. I think Catching Fire is still my favorite book out of the three. I love the second half of Mockingjay, but honestly the first half is kind of boring.

Stealth War by Robert Spalding

After reading The Hunger Games I felt a little slump coming, and when that happens I like to read a non-fiction as a change of pace. I chose this one because one of my good friends recently added it to his library, and I am taking a class on China and the Global Cyberspace this semester. It never hurts to read up on a topic from time to time. I like to keep non-fiction unrated, because honestly I have no idea what criteria I would be rating it on…

The Fallen by David Baldacci

My Rating: ★★★★☆

I spent the weekend I read this book at my parents’ house, and found this book on my mom’s shelves. I read it quite quickly and really enjoyed it. I feel like these books always use the same formula, but I’m entertained, so I don’t care. However, despite that, there is always one accomplice who catches me by surprise, so there was still plenty of mystery. This book also ended with a treasure hunt, and you know I love those!

End Game by David Baldacci

My Rating: ★★★.75☆

Guess where I found this one? My mom’s edition was signed, too. One of those signing events where she went to without me (the audacity). I liked how tense the last part of this book was, but the first part wasn’t as interesting as the other book I read. I feel like this one was slower, and there were many communication issues that irritated me. However, I again likes playing “who is the traitor this time.” I’m always wrong.

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

My Rating: ★★★★★

This book had been on my radar for a really short time before I ordered it online. I think I said it in my review as well, but this is probably one of the best debuts I’ve ever read. It had great characters, an exciting plot, and set up the next book perfectly. I know I’m already sad that this is a duology, and I won’t get ten more novels. You can read my full review here!

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

My Rating: ★★★★☆

The first book of this series was one of my last reads of the year, and I totally loved it! I really enjoyed this one as well. Alex Bell has such a wonderful imagination, nothing is too absurd in this series. This book had witches, a camel, flying sharks, a walrus companion, and some sneaking and stealing. However, with that said I felt like that pacing was a little slower compared to the first book. I liked the plot, but there was also a lot of dialogue that didn’t necessarily add anything. Still really enjoyed it, though!

And that’s it for this January wrap up! Lots of four and five stars, you’ll notice. I’ve been a little more selective with which books I read, and that yields high ratings!

How many books did you read this month? Which one was your favorite?

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