January Wrap Up 2019

February 1, 2019

Hey guys! How quickly has the first month of the new year gone by? I can’t believe it! I’ve had a great reading month which I’m honestly VERY surprised by. I started my internship this month which has obviously kept me pretty busy and I feel like the days just fly by. I’ve also been very social and active so I’m kind of thinking “When exactly did I read these books? Did I even sleep?” But whatever the deal was, I’ve started 10 books this month and finished 9. I’m psyched – what a great start!

Here’s the list of books I read in January ordered by date:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

(Finished January 2nd)

I saw the Netflix movie adaption of TATBILB first, which I kind of regret. So when I heard that they were working on a sequel I made my mind up to read the entire trilogy first. I definitely had some issues with some of the characters but overall, it’s a cute contemporary with (finally) a great family representation. Check out my full review here.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
Page count: 355

Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas by Andrea Pyros

(Finished January 8th)

This was my first ARC of the year and I was pleasantly surprised. I can’t really be considered the target group and I could feel that during my read (it’s pre-teen) but I really liked how Pyros portrayed the emotional rollercoaster of becoming a teenager. It also deals with serious illness in the family in a different way than the usual sob-story and I really appreciated that. Check out my full review here.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.8/5
Page count: 256
Publication date: TODAY (February 1st 2019)

Saga Vol. 6 by Brian k. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

(Finished January 11th)

I think it will be VERY difficult for other graphic novels to top Saga for a long time – at least for me. This beautifully disturbed universe is filled with romance, violence, gore, very explicit scenes (adult content) and has great representation. There are so many unique characters/creatures and you never know what’s coming. Love it!

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.4/5
Page count: 152

Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

(Finished January 11th)

If you just read my love declaration for Saga above.. insert that same love here! Volume 7 was the last I could get my hands on. I believe there are 9 volumes out at this point, however, I heard that the creators are on indefinite hiatus (the horror!) so I’m honestly scared of reading the final two volumes and then dive straight into a severe Saga depression!

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.5/5
Page count: 152

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

(Finished January 16th)

The second instalment in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. This was my least favorite.. I think. I honestly read all three books within such a short time that some events blend together and I’m not 100% sure if certain things happened in book 2 or 3. The story was still entertaining, there was just too much teenage drama in this one and it made the whole thing kind of tiring.

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
Page count: 337

The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

(Finished January 18th)

Ugh. I’m almost too embarrassed to include this on the list. I got one of my rare needs to read something light and fluffy so I returned to the world of The Selection, which I cringed so hard over when I first read the trilogy.. So I can’t really blame the (terrible, over the top-cheesy) book too much as I should have known better.

My rating: 1.5/5
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Page count: 227

The Illiad by Gareth Hinds

(Finished January 20th)

I’ve read The Iliad two times before – the classic edition and a modern one. i really like Homer’s ancient epics so it was a lot of fun to read it again in a visualized version. This is a graphic novel where the art is kind of rough and the details are on point and it fits the story well. I thought the fighting scenes were too long and repetitive but overall it was a great “re-read”.

My rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
Page count: 272
Publication date: March 12th 2019

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

(Finished January 21nd)

I adored being back in the chocolate factory during this re-read with the quirky characters and the dark undertones. This beloved modern classic remains in the heart of many children as they grow up – for good reasons! The story includes a chocolate waterfall, exotic singing workers, an elevator that defies gravity.. Who wouldn’t love it, children and adults alike?

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
Page count: 176

Forever and Always Lara Jean by Jenny Han

(Finished January 29th)

My final read of January was, very fittingly, the final instalment of the To All the Boys I’ve loved Before trilogy. I liked the trilogy as a whole better than each individual book and I honestly didn’t think this last one had much of a plot. Most of the 300+ pages are split between Lara Jean worrying about college and Lara Jean obsessing over Peter (and nurturing his ego). I will forever love the Song-Covey family and although I didn’t love this ending, I was sad that it was already over. I would LOVE a continuation where we follow Lara Jean in college and watch her become more independent and open to new possibilities.

My rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
Page count: 325

Total amount of pages I have read this month: 2252
Book of the month: Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

So after making my list of reads I’m no longer that confused about the amount of books I’ve read. Most are under 350 pages and I generally read contemporary novels pretty fast.. Oh well, they still count and I did read over 2000 pages! If you want to keep track of my reading or find me on social media so we can chat about books, below are direct links to my Goodreads, Twitter and Bookstagram channels.

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