Monthly Wrap Ups

January Reading Wrap Up – a great start to the reading year

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we made it to 2020 y’all!!!!! (technically we did 3 months ago, but pretend along with me, will you?)

yes, i’m aware this is very late and i should not even be posting, but see the thing is, i’ve read some amazing books in january and absolutely had to share them with you guys because i Need to know your thoughts on them or convince you to read them if they have not yet crossed your radar.

and okay, maybe this is a little presumptuous, but i THINK i may have found some *gasp* new favourites of the year, already!!! so let’s get on with the books

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I read a total of 15 books. 5 physical books πŸ“•, 4 e-books πŸ“±, & 6 audiobooks 🎧
YARC reads will be represented with this emoji: 🍚

Links will take you to my reviews for each book.

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πŸ“• Pumpkinheads: ✦✦✦✦✧

this was absolutely precious!! a perfect fall read (even though i read it late) with adorable artwork and a charming story, ugh i want one for every season!!

🎧 Illuminae: (reread #6 hehe) ✦✦✦✦✦

love the fact that every reread makes me more obsessed with this series πŸ˜—βœŒοΈ

πŸ“± Love and Other Train Wrecks: ✦✦✦✦✦

this book snuck up on me and stole my heart. an adorable story about a boy and a girl who are stuck in a train during a winter storm and try to outsmart it, only for everything to go horribly wrong (or,,,,,,horribly right,,,,,,,,i’m sorry)

there was just something so warm and sweet about this book that didn’t allow me to put it down.

πŸ“± Come Tumbling Down: ✦✦✦✧✧

i adore the wayward children series but this one was the first to feel flat to me. i thought we spent too much time recapping and not enough time doing adventures

πŸ“• A Curious Beginning: ✦✦✦✦✧ (4.5 stars)

VERONICA AND STOKER HAVE MY ENTIRE HEART!!! this is like adult/mature version of audrey rose and thomas cresswell from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and i’m absolutely in love

(even if you don’t like to Stalking Jack the Ripper series, i highly suggest you try this series out bc it is very differentΒ from SJTR, it just shares the victorian setting and the very angsty, banter-filled relationship between the main leads)

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🎧 Edgedancer: ✦✦✦✦✧

sanderson literally cannot disappoint and this novella was fun and filled with pancakes and strange adventures. i love my child, lift.

🎧 Mrs. Everything: ✦✦✧✧✧

this book felt unnecessarily tragic. this followed two sisters throughout the course of their life and the character profiles were incredibly well written, but it just felt entirely depressing and i was looking for some highlight and it felt like there were none.

πŸ“±Β Lucky Caller: ✦✦✦✦✦

emma mills stealing my heart for the 5th time! go queen!!

πŸ“• Thirteen: ✦✦✦✧✧ (3.5 stars)

this was a really interesting courtroom novel. i thought it was smart and clever in so many ways i couldn’t process. the only thing that took my enjoyment down was how the ending turned quite theatrical and the lawyer jargon that flew over my head.

definitely interested in more of the authors work

🎧 Frankly In Love: ✦✦✦✧✧  🍚

this wasn’t a groundbreaking book in any sense but it was a fun and lighthearted and while i definitely had issues with the relationships, it gave me a few hours of entertainment.

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πŸ“• And Then There Were None: ✦✦✦✧✧

agatha christie’s mysteries are SO MUCH FUN to read. they are all fast paced, incredibly clever, and always offer twists you won’t anticipate. while this one didn’t blow me away, it was really intriguing and i’m definitely picking up more.

πŸ“± If We Were Villains: ✦✦✦✦✦

pretentious theater kids + unhealthy coping mechanisms + shakespearean retelling is kind of my new favourite thing

🎧 The Rest of the Story: ✦✦✧✧✧

sarah dessen’s books kind of feel like reading the same story over and over. the main characters feel like they are interchangeable with each other and there’s nothing that stands out once the story is over. :/

🎧 The Bromance Bookclub: ✦✦✦✦✦

AAAAAAAAA THIS MAY BE MY FAVOURITE ROMANCE OF THE YEAR!!! i adored the bromance bookclub, the story, the characters. usually we only see couple gets together, but this is about a married couple trying to fix their relationship and oh my goodness this is what i’ve been waiting for

πŸ“• The Toll: ✦✦✧✧✧

i just want,,,,,,,the time i invested into this book to be given back to me. too much page time was spent on nothing and i felt like we didn’t get the conclusion or passion of the previous books

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and that concludes january’s reading month for me. i had a lot of great reads and im really happy with the progress i was able to make for the start of the year despite flopping on every other aspect of my life, lol love that for us.

How has your january been? any new favourites on the horizon? tell me what you’ve read? any books you absolutely detested??

i hope you all had an amazing start to the year and have been enjoying all the books!! signature final

25 thoughts on “January Reading Wrap Up – a great start to the reading year”

  1. I think it’s so smart that you’re doing a January Wrap Up! When we took a 3 month hiatus we didn’t catch up on our wrap ups and I kind of regret it! Because like you, I read some awesome book during those months but I never really gave myself a chance to tell everyone about them! Plus I love having a post to look back on my reading each month in such an organized fashion.

    I thought Pumpkinheads was super cute too when I read it! I loved the little touches, such as the montages of the goat on the loose! And I just love graphic novels in general! They always manage to lift my spirits!

    I keep hearing such good things about If We Were Villains, that even though it’s not my kind of thing at all, I keep wanting to try it! Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough!

    I’m so glad you had such a great reading month in January and I can’t wait to see what you read in February!

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    1. ohh that’s too bad!! It definitely is such a nice feeling to have each reading month tracked and organized into blog posts but its okay, sometimes you just have to take a break and don’t look back (the AMOUNT of wrap ups, i have missed!!!!)

      oh my gosh yessss!! the little details really made it special and feel so warm and autumn-y. i’m so glad you loved it too!
      oohhhh you will have to let me know how that goes if you decide to read If we were villains. it’s really interesting and the ending is Shocking.

      thank you so much!! i hope you had a great reading month for the beginning of the year too ❀️

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  2. MAYYYYYYY πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’› I’m so glad to see some of your posts gracing my feed once again! It makes me more happy than I can express! ALSO,I AM LIVING FOR YOUR ART!!! I love the way you put the little book covers on a cute shelf – gosh you are so talented. I hope you have a wonderful month!!!!

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    1. KAT!!!!!!! YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY!!!!! thank you so much πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί the fact that you, the graphic design queen like the way my art looks (and notice it, for that matter) makes my HEART expand omg ily
      i hope you’re having a wonderful month tooo ❀️

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  3. Being an obnoxious theater kid myself, I feel as though it is now obligation for me to read If We Were Villains. I’m adding it to my TBR right now!

    The Bromance Book Club looks really good! It must be a pretty incredible read if it was your favorite romance of the year, so I’ll have to read it!

    Sounds like you read some good books in January! Thanks for all of the recommendations!

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    1. hahah you definitely absolutely have to!! an absolute obligation. I hope it goes well and you enjoy it!!

      Seriously, i was so surprised when i read it and loved it so much!! it was one of the best romances i’ve read, im absolutely smitten. Thank you for your sweet comment, always makes my day ❀️

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  4. Ma’am. Your art 😀😀 I would like some of that talent please!! And once again you prove that you’re the most versatile reader I know! You read across so many genres, age ranges and formats what the heck πŸ₯Ί Sadly, I haven’t read most of these. But I have read If We Were Villains, and I loved its atmosphere.
    I’m so sorry that The Toll disappointed you! This makes me pretty sad since I just started Scythe and so far I’m enjoying it ://
    Also, I’m so interested in The Bromance Book Club now! I’m not that into the romance books yet, especially ones that follow an already married couple. But I’ve heard such good things about it so who knows? Romance is pretty hit or miss for me, but this book might be a hit πŸ₯Ί
    Anyways, this was such a great post as always, and I had so much fun reading it, so thank you!! I hope the rest of your 2020 reads are amazing ❀

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    1. I WOULD LIKE SOME OF YOUR TALENT FIRST PLS 😀😀 jfkdajkflaj caitlin you’re making my heart soft omg i love you!!!!!!!
      I hope you LOVE the scythe series, i loved the first 2 books (book 2 is an absolute RIDE, i can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it) but book 3 was so randomly disappointing and LONG too omg i hope it isn’t a dud for you 😦

      omg i hope it is an absolute hit for you if you decide to read it!!! it’s so soft and wholesome, i am weak for friendships and family!!!!!!!

      thank youuuuu i hope you’re year is going amazing too!! πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ

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  5. the bromance bookclub sounds fabulous, like yourself.
    in jan i discovered nothing amazing except for the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue novella thingo which was basically monty being an idiot and felicity helping him get with percy….. nOt jUsT rOmAnTiCaLlY if yknow what im saying. twas excellent.

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    1. hahaha that sounds like the exact content all the fans WANT and NEED. i’m glad you were able to find an excellent readdd. hope you’re having a great month πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ

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  6. Love and Other Train Wrecks sounds adorable!! And oooh The Bromance Bookclub sounds like a book I absolutely nEeD. I also 100% agree with you on Frankly In Love, I just wasn’t feeling the relationships, and the protagonist…

    I loved reading your wrap-up, hope you’re having a lovely reading month in March as well! ❀

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    1. the bromance bookclub has basically taken over my life, i love it so much!!! Love and Other Train Wrecks is SO CUTE!!! i hope you’re able to read it and love it too!!
      Frankly in Love had that……..cheating element that just…….doesn’t work omg sorry to that man.

      thank you so much!! i hope you’re having a wonderful month πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ

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  7. I just finished reading pumpkinheads and it made me so so happy it was such a fun read!! I also checked out an Emma Mills book from my library because I’ve heard such good things about her books so I decided to give her books a try and I’m very excited!!! I hope the rest of 2020 is filled with more amazing books!!!

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    1. I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE EMMA MILLS BOOK!!! she’s literally my favourite contemporary author. which book did you get?? thank you so much, i hope you’re having a wonderful year ❀️

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      1. If she’s your favorite contemporary author, then now I have really high expectations. πŸ˜‚ I got First and Then!! I hope you are also having a wonderful year and everything is going well for you!! xo

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  8. seeing your posts and also all the cute little graphics in them makes me so happy πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί my favorite blogger is the best of them all

    but ALSO i’m very happy you loved if we were villains. i promise i will get around to it and love it …. sometime in the future. also lucky caller with 5 stars 😐😐 which i could say the same but it’s okay i still love emma mills

    please pass your reading magic on to me !!! read jade city soon !!!!!! have a terrible day !!!!!!!!

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    1. omg may stop we agreed that you only bully me what is this??? πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί youre my blogging inspiration so?? fair i guess

      leave my lucky caller rating alone, she deserves all the stars in the world. YES READ IWWV YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT!!!!

      thanks!! have a terrible day too!! dont forget to read!!

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  9. Yeessss Illuminae and If We Were Villains are two of my favourite books ever πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    I have immediately added A Curious Beginning to my TBR, despite the fact that I haven’t read the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, lol. It sounds like something I will enjoy.

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  10. So many great books were read! I meant to pick up an Agatha Christie book today but totally forgot to do so πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I also have a book budget I can’t exceed so I guess I’ll have to wait until next month πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈI hope you had better reading months in February and March!

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