Wrap-Ups

HUGE January Wrap-Up! [2019]

Well, what a reading month January was for me! I managed to read a staggering 15 books, thanks to Biannual Bibliothon and Buzzword Readathon in the middle of the month where I had a few days off work and was able to just REEEEAAADDD! I also checked off my monthly goals of reading one classic per month and one non-fiction book per month, so starting 2019 off strong! Yay!

 

monthly wrap up

 

 

dumplin’ – julie murphy 18304322

format: Kindle

length: 371 pages

Goodreads

The first book I read this year was unfortunately a stinker. The main character basically rubbed me the wrong way and didn’t like her personality or how she treated other people. In my eyes, this was not the ‘body positivity’ book I was expecting. Instead it felt like a temper tantrum from an overweight person. In particular, I found it quite unhealthy when body types try and push down other body types just so they can feel better about themselves. Willowdean entered the pageant with the objective to humiliate her mother and her career, which felt really immature and unnecessary to me. I guess Willowdean was meant to be unlikeable, but to me she was so bad that it could not be redeemed. I did post a full-page rant review here if your interested.

1.5 stars


 

 

25526296every heart a doorway – seanan mcguire

format: hardback

length: 170 pages

Goodreads

After the first book, I needed to pick myself back up by re-reading a good book. I forgot how much I loved this book! I just click with this story! We follow children at a boarding school, and not just any boarding school, one for kids who have gone through doors to ‘otherworlds’ and have been sent back to reality and are struggling to adapt back. I love how much there is so much packed inside this tiny book, very much like a Mary Poppins bag! I enjoyed the characters and the world building. I just love the potential this series has! So many worlds that can be explored!

4.5 stars!


 

 

25493853the bear and the nightingale – katherine arden

format: hardback

length: 328 pages

Goodreads

Oh blimey. Everything about this I loved! It was so magical, mystical and lyrical. I absolutely adored the gorgeous atmosphere and winter setting, and the characters are beautiful to read about. I really enjoyed following Vasilisa as she grew up, seeing the spirits and also being so headstrong and (not) doing what she believed. Her relationship with her family and the spirits was incredibly developed and I could not get enough of the different spirits and folklore that was incorporated into the story. The story built so beautifully and I did not find it slow at all. I honestly cannot wait for the sequel when it arrives!

5 stars!!


 

 

464164harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban – j.k. rowling

format: paperback/audiobook

length: 317 pages

Goodreads

Check out my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up for my thoughts!

5 stars!!


 

 

37569318empress of all seasons – emiko jean

format: Kindle

length: 389 pages

Goodreads

Check out my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up for my thoughts!

3.5 stars


 

 

43305952fire and heist – sarah beth durst

format: hardback

length: 304 pages

Goodreads

Check out my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up for my thoughts!

3 stars


 

 

36146483every last lie – mary kubica

format: Kindle

length: 384 pages

Goodreads

Check out my Buzzword Readathon Wrap-Up for my thoughts!

2.75 stars


 

 

36385827last time i lied – riley sager

format: Kindle/audiobook

length: 368 pages

Goodreads

Check out my Buzzword Readathon Wrap-Up for my thoughts!

4 stars!


 

 

31931941eliza and her monsters – francesca zappia

format: Kindle

length: 385 pages

Goodreads

Check out my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up for my thoughts!

4.5 stars!


 

 

13455462the alchemist – paulo coelho

format: paperback

length: 177 pages

Goodreads

Check out my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up for my thoughts!

4 stars!


 

 

31450908down among the sticks and bones – seanan mcguire

format: hardback

length: 187 pages

Goodreads

This was another re-read in order to continue the series, and I loved it just as much as the first time! I was always intrigued by Jack and Jill’s backstory and that was precisely what this was. I loved how Seanan McGuires main focus was how each of their childhoods have impacted how they are now. The Moors were so atmospheric and spooky, and again I do not know how she fits so much into a tiny book! The characters they encounter were all very intriguing.

5 stars!!


 

 

36114409the language of kindness – christie watson

format: hardback

length: 322 pages

Goodreads

I wrote a full-page review which will be linked here, but for the sake of the wrap-up, I’ll try and summarise! I absolutely loved this and it’s such an important book regarding the healthcare system in the UK. We follow the author as she starts off training as a nurse and throughout her career in different wards of the hospital. It was incredibly informative but delivered with a sense of empathy and kindness, everything was truly heartfelt and genuine. It showed the true sense of a hospital and how it has grown, in a good way and a bad way. It was heavily emphasised that the healthcare system in the UK is in crisis and staff have to work incredibly long hours for not much pay. I loved this!

5 stars!!


 

 

27366528beneath the sugar sky – seanan mcguire

format: hardback

length: 174 pages

Goodreads

This book sparked my re-read of the series, because I really wanted to catch-up before the next instalment ‘In An Absent Dream’ is released. I really loved this one, just not as much as the other two. We see the land of Confection and also have a lot of the characters from book one re-enter the story which was a great surprise! We see further development in them and see where they end up and it was beautiful. The story was so whimsical and full of nonsense. I thought the world-building was really well done, as well as the contrast between characters from nonsense and others from logic, those interactions were very entertaining!

4 stars!


 

 

9279177the lover’s dictionary – david levithan

format: Kindle

length: 211 pages

Goodreads

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite as unique as this. It is told in dictionary entries from A-Z, and highlighting a brief and personal insight into a relationship. It was beautifully written and truly an innovative way to relay the insecurities, emotional highs and fluctuating lows of a relationship. It is a great piece of poetry and felt so honest and genuine, and a lot of the entries can be relatable to other people’s own relationships. Such a huge fan of everything I have read from this author and I am definitely going to read as much of his work as possible!

4 stars!


 

 

26240663seven ways we lie – riley redgate

format: paperback

length: 343 pages

Goodreads

I wasn’t too sure how to rate this, this had amazing representation and a great cast of characters, but I didn’t find myself massively attached to the plot and I felt disconnected to a lot that was going on. It was amazing reading from seven distinct characters and knowing there are different characters, but also I was able to find myself within each and relate to some of the personal issues the characters were going through. I definitely related to Kat the most, and understood her character more within the second half. My favourite was definitely Matt, and I didn’t really like Claire (definitely not after what she did to Lucas). The massive representation doesn’t automatic make it a great book, but I still enjoyed myself.

3.5 stars


 

 

So there is my very long wrap-up (if you made it this far, you deserve a tasty treat!) which could not have been a better start to the month, I read a lot but also enjoyed a lot.

 

How many books did I read off my official TBR? Let’s see!

TBR books:

The Bear and The Nightingale – Katherine Arden

Vicious – V. E. Schwab

Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean

Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sagar

Daisy Miller & The Turning of the Shrew – Henry James

The Lie Tree – Frances Hodgsen

= 6/8 TBR books!


 

So what did you guys read in January? Got your 2019 goals off to a good start? Any new favourites? Have you also read any of these and if so, what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

 

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