I can’t believe it’s February! January was a bit of a blur for me because it was so busy! Most of my family’s birthdays are in January – including mine! I turned 21 on the 20th January. Then as well as that, I applied for three universities, got a reply for an interview from all three, done the interviews, and then got an offer for my top choice university! That means that I will be starting my Adult Nursing degree in September, and I can’t wait.
January was a good month for me (reading wise) – I read 10 books! I don’t think that I have ever read that many books in one month before so I am pretty chuffed about it, especially considering how busy the month was in my personal life, too. Most of the books I read I found brilliant! However, of course there was a couple of duds but that’s to be expected – not all books are going to be for my taste.
Here are the books I read in January:
1. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire by Derek Landy (REREAD)
As I have mentioned a lot of times; I am rereading the first 6 books of the Skulduggery Pleasant series so that I can go on to finish the 9-book series. These books were my favourite whilst I was growing up, and rereading them is so much fun! Playing With Fire was a great sequel – the plot is fantastic and the characters continue to grow. It was also hilarious! The book has such witty humour inside of it and it’s such a pleasure to read.
2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This book has to be one of the biggest let downs of my entire life. Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors (and still remains as one) and the writing in this book is really good, however, the plot is awful. It was so slow in places that I debated DNFing this book multiple times. I didn’t really feel a connection to any of the characters but I will say that they were all so unique and intricately created. I don’t know, I guess that I had really high expectations because of the hype around this book but it just did not live up to it in my opinion.
3. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy (REREAD)
These books never fail to amaze me. The cliffhanger ending, the action scenes, the humour and the great characters are the reasons why I literally binge read these in the month of January and I have no regrets. This one is just as good as the others, and I picked up the next book as soon as I finished this one.
4. Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days by Derek Landy (REREAD)
This book had so much going on in it, I literally read it in one sitting. Again, it’s just another work of art that Derek Landy has created. I am so in love with these books that I am so excited to finally start the books I haven’t read when I was younger (books 7-9). Another 5 star book.
5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I rarely read contemporary novels, but I went out on a whim with this book and I am so glad I did! This book is like a journey of one man’s life and how he has an impact on people around him. I am not going to talk much more about this book because I think it’s better if you go in blind, but it is such a beautiful story so please pick it up!
6. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I really don’t know why I continued on with this duology, but I just wanted to know if it got better. I really wanted to love this book, again, but I just didn’t. It let me down! I read half of this book, got extremely bored of it, and just ended up skimming through the rest of it. I wasn’t upset at the end, I didn’t feel anything towards the characters or the plot itself. The only thing I can talk of highly in this novel is the writing, but that’s because Leigh Bardugo is literally Queen of writing. I also think that the amount I loved the Grisha trilogy didn’t help as that was my top trilogy of 2017 so I was expecting so much more from her other novels.
7. Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy
I’m not going to say much about this book as it’s the same as the others; hilarious, action packed and is full of fantastic characters.
8. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
I really wanted to read a book that was centred around mental health so I went out and brought this book. This book centres around a girl called Alex who has schizophrenia and it tells her story of going back to school, making friends and falling in love. I really enjoyed this book and how diverse it was. It was rather uplifting towards the end and shows that our mental health should not control what we do.
9. Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy
Again, I’m not going to sit here and just repeat myself again. I loved it, and I am hooked into this series.
10. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
NOW WAIT, I read this book whilst I was in an awful reading slump. I am planning on rereading it again soon when I’m out of it so that I can enjoy it like others are enjoying it. I know it’s a good book, it has potential and the writing is good. However, because of my slump I just felt as though I was forcing myself to read it which meant that I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I am planning on rereading it in the near future and hopefully loving it like everyone else has.
There you have it! Those are the books I read in the month of January. As you can see, most are five star reads. I’m really happy with what I read.
Demi // firstpagewonders xxx