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:
- Wonder by R.J Palacio (3 stars)
- Raising Arcadia by Simon Chesterman (3 stars)
- The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (4 stars)
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (4 stars)
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (5 stars)
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (3.5 stars)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (2 stars)
- The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott (4 stars)
- My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill (2.5 stars)
- 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
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.
- Everless by Sara Holland (4 stars)
- 1984 by George Orwell (3 stars)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5 stars)
- The Martian by Andy Wier (5 stars)
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (2 stars)
- Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (3.5 stars)
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 🙂