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January Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

The first wrap-up of 2019

I can already feel the stress… and the excitement 🤗

I managed 6 books this month and I’m about halfway in another 2 books and briefly started another. Considering I currently have visitors which takes most of my time and that she had been here for a week and kept me busy, I’ll 6 books well done on my part. I managed to stick mostly to my TBR but I had a few deviations. If my mum wasn’t visiting I would very easily finish the TBR and some, but I don’t feel like reading when she is there. I feel antisocial, which is a shame.

But first,

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Before we delve into the book I read this year let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 
    1. Pre-ordered The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Available credit from last month; 0

Credit transferred to next month; 1

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    1. Emily Eternal by M. G. Wheaton

Available credits from last month; 0

Credit transferred to next month; 1


Now let’s get back to the books I’ve read and have a deeper look a look at them.

As a reminder:

  • 5 ivy leaves is an amazing book that stuck with me, surprised me, one I could stop thinking about, I got lost in, etc.
  • 4 ivy leaves is an enjoyable read something I really liked, but that’s it.
  • 3 ivy leaves are either a disappointing read, or the book is just OK.
  • 2 ivy leaves are a disliked read
  • DNF = Did Not Finish

Why I No Longer Talk To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge


Audiobook – library

5 star leaves

The Story: This is the account of Reni Eddo-Lodge’s blog post; Why I No Longer Talk To White People About Race and an expansion of the history of coloured people in the UK along with how systematic racism works. It’s a powerful book and a very popular one too, for good reason.

My Opinion: I loved this book! I listen to it on audiobook which is narrated by the author herself. I loved the book and hated the world at the same time. I hate unfairness and racism is unfair and frankly completely irrational. It made me think and though me stuff I hadn’t even considered, which is the whole point of this book. If you have not read this book please do.

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

eve of man

e-Book – Library

5 star leaves

The Story: The only girl born in the last 50 years is now 16 and destined to start repopulating the earth. In a world dominated by men and elderly women the decision of who the father of Eve’s children should be is highly political. Bram is a support worker for Eve without her fully knowing. The grew up together and have been through a lot together. When the decision of her future partner becomes too intense she turns to Bram for help. It doesn’t really go to plan.

My Opinion: I did a full review here, but in short I was totally engrossed in this book and absolutely loved it! I read it in 2 days!

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson


ARC – NetGalley

4.5 stars

The Story: This is the first book in a new YA sci-fi trilogy by Brandon Sanderson following Spin who dreams about being a pilot like her dad. The only problem is, her dad betrayed the planet and she is automatically deemed a coward’s daughter. No-one wants her anywhere, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

My Opinion: I wrote a full review, but in short I really liked it but struggled a bit to finish it. My favourite part was Doomslug the Destroyer 😂

Harry Potter: A History of Magic by British Library


audiobook – Library

4.5 stars

The Story: An historical non-fiction account of magic and witchcraft through the world of Harry Potter and J K Rowling as displayed during the Harry Potter; A History of MAgic exhibition put up by The British Libary.

My Opinion: I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a true experience with interviews and different narrators for different parts. I really wanted the illustrated edition but settled for library audiobook. Even though the book contains several images, I didn’t feel I missed out on any of that with all the descriptions in the audiobook and having the museum’s curators explain the background and the objects themselves. It was great!

A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Bridgit Kremmer


4.5 stars

ARC – NetGalley

The story: A re-telling of beauty and the beast in a “modern but whisked away to fairyland” style. Though the beast isn’t a fairy, sorry. Harper has cerebral palsy and a loser dad who ran away leaving her, her brother and their sick mother to care for each other. While helping out her brother on “a job” she gets dragged/kidnapped/whisked away (insert your own here) to Emberfall where a curse lais over the castle and the crown prince. Trying to come to terms with her new situation, Harper finds ways of improving her life and others while she is there. Rhen, on the other hand, is finding her a handful and has never met a girl quite like Harper, with all sharp edges, even in her name.

My Opinions: I did a full review here, but in short I really liked it. I was totally engrossed the whole way through. Though I’m unsure about the ending.

The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey


3 stars

ARC – owned

The story: This is a paranormal/dystopian novel about a human (Julia) and a vampire (Cameron) in their search for truth. Julia lives in the blue while Cameron goes into the red searching for his friend Emmy. The Blue is a fortress/temple/walled city fully protected from the outside, contaminated Red. As an old enemy is rising through the forest of Red, Cameron is struggling to prioritise but finds a new purpose. Julia’s life gets turned upside down as she gets promoted to a staff level she never wanted but the noble she severs turns out to be different than anticipated.

My Opinions: I did a full review due out on the 8th of February (next Friday), but in short I learned a lot about my own writing from this book. It had a slow start but an interesting storyline. I’m glad I read it.

Started but not completed:

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh (42%)

Sapiens; A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (16%)

Transgressive by Rachel Anne Williams (25%)

That’s it! Have you read any of these?

What was your favourite book this month?

Which book were you least impressed by this month?


8 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

  1. I really want to read skyward!
    My favourite read was the caged queen, and my least favourite, disagreeing with you, was a curse so dark and lonely haha. I’m getting a feeling that’s an unpopular opinion..


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  2. I’m really glad you enjoyed A Curse So Dark and Lonely, this book is on my TBR and I can’t wait to read it, it sounds really good 🙂
    I hope you’ll have a lovely February and happy reading! 😀

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