January Wrap Up – 2018

Zoe: Welcome back everyone. Wow this month has gone so fast! I can’t even believe we have already finished January, the time just seems to fly by. Hope you all had a successful reading month of January! Today Annike and I are going to share with you the book we read in January and how we enjoyed them all so here we go:

Annike’s Books:

  1. Wonder by R.J Palacio (3 stars)
  2. Raising Arcadia by Simon Chesterman (3 stars)
  3. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (4 stars)
  4. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (4 stars)
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (5 stars)
  6. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (3.5 stars)
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (2 stars)
  8. The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott (4 stars)
  9. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill (2.5 stars)
  10. Invictus by Ryan Graudin (3 stars)
  • A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (3.5 stars) – AUDIOBOOK
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu (3.5 stars) – AUDIOBOOK

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Favourite book: Yeah, I’m not sure January was the most successful month for reading. I read 10 books and listened to 2, which is good but I didn’t find myself loving many of them. Despite that, I really did love The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was definitely my favourite book of the month, so captivating and beautiful with the greatest array of characters. Very glad I picked this one up!

Least Favourite: My least favourite book of the month was one I actually had to read for school which is an old classic: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I feel kind of bad for not liking it because obviously it’s a very famous story but I just couldn’t get into it and it was very slow and a bit strange haha.

Favourite Ending: I really loved the ending of The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. Obviously being a Nicholas Sparks book it was always going to have a great big finale and this one was definitely a good one. It was such a sweet book too which was great and I definitely want to pick up some more of his novels in the future.
Favourite Premise: To be honest, even though I tend to be pretty harsh on contemporary books, I really liked the premise of The Way Back to You written by Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani. The book focused on the death of a young highschooler and the process of her best friend Cloudy and boyfriend Kyle in coming to terms with their grief. The story follows them visiting the people who were supplied with Ashlyn’s organs after her death and trying to mend their scars.
Best Characters/Development: In terms of characters another contemporary book I loved this month that was very similar to The Way Back to You was History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. This one also followed the death of a teenager and the way that the people in his life came together to heal. However, the reason it was so good at character development was the way that it had both past and present chapters to help you understand the characters and the motives in both the before and after the death.
Favourite Cover: This is a pretty easy one, other than The Night Circus which has a gorgeous cover I would definitely go with Invictus by Ryan Graudin. I am obsessed with the beautiful gold of this cover and the story itself is also super intriguing and original. I loved some of the characters like Imogen and Gram but others I didn’t like as much and along with that I had a bit of trouble with some of the plot and how the whole time travel thing worked but again a fun read.
Biggest Disappointment: Most definitely would have to be My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill. I do have to admit, I got this book as an ebook probably a couple years ago and I never read it because it wasn’t really of high priority, Nevertheless, I picked it up again while I was on holidays and thought I’d give it a try but it just ended up being one of those boring reads that was too cliche for me. The supporting character gave it some life but it wasn’t really for me.
Other: So yeah, those were mainly the standout books. 2 books I read this month that were definitely a bit young for me and hard to truly enjoy were Wonder and Raising Arcadia which was disappointing because I think I would have really liked them having read them several years ago. And last but not least was The God of Small Things which is a very highly acclaimed novel. I read this one for school as well and while it was a little overwhelming and confusing at some points it’s a very hard hitting novel which I would highly recommend.

Zoe’s Books:

  1. Everless by Sara Holland (4 stars)
  2. 1984 by George Orwell (3 stars)
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5 stars)
  4. The Martian by Andy Wier (5 stars)
  5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (2 stars)
  6. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (3.5 stars)

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Favourite Book: From the star ratings, it is a tie between The Martian and The Hate U Give but because I can’t pick I would go with The Hate U Give due to the major hype this book has gotten lately. I thought it was such a powerful and beautiful novel with a very inspiring message behind it. I know a lot of people have raved about this book so you probably know all about it, but if you haven’t read it I would strongly urge you to give it a go!

Least Favourite Book: As you can see my least favourite book in January was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Although I concept the idea behind this book was very interesting and the way it challenged society today being thought-provoking, I wasn’t able to connect with any of the characters or become engrossed in the story. I really wanted to like this book but I don’t think all the elements were there for me.

Favourite Premise: This would definitely go to Everless by Sara Holland. I thought the concept behind this book sounded amazing and totally up my alley. I did really enjoy this book as  it was fast paced with lots of twists and turns, however I’m not even sure now what star rating I would give it still so I estimated. It does have elements of other popular fantasy series but has a unique concept and engaging plot line.

Best Characters/Development: This would 100% go to The Martian by Andy Weir. I thought all the characters were amazing, unique and engaging in their own way. The way they developed Mark Watney, being stranded on Mars and whilst being frustrated was SO likeable was amazing. All the characters were all so thought-out and established it made for an amazing read where I became so connected to each a every one of them.

Biggest Disappointment: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch only because I didn’t think it was unique. I read the back and thought it sounded interesting but when reading I found almost every common literary trope such as the love triangle, typical female heroin, childhood love, orphan girl etc. I thought the story was written well but it wasn’t different and that was what I was looking for.

Other: I know there are other categories but I have absolutely no idea where to put 1984 by George Orwell. It was so out of the ordinary so I don’t even think it fits into one of these categories. It was so interesting yet so horrific I was totally perplexed when I finished and that practically sums it up. I can see why it is a timeless novel but I’m not sure if I loved it.

Annike: Thanks for reading guys! January was a big month for both of us and hopefully we can keep up the reading when school goes back. We’ll be back very soon for our February TBR 🙂

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3 comments

  1. Girls! What a collection of books! There are some many books her that you have read that I want to read! You totally had an amazing start of the year! and I was happy about mine XD

    Zoe was harsh with the classics XD but I think that is fine :3 I think Brave New World and 1984 go together or at least follow the same line. But yes, I started Brave New World (cound’t finish it … the spanish version is full of grammar mistakes… XD) But I am happy to see that you just don’t follow the stream of loving these classics 🙂
    Annike: The Night Circus ❤ that is all I have to say haha ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ I said it all XD

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      1. It is weird, confusing, but beautiful… it is a weird combination haha
        Yes, I think that we had issues with expectations and disappointment is a horrible monster that will destroy books for us XD It has happened to me only once :/ XD

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