My January didn’t go quite to plan, and unfortunately I didn’t meet my month’s reading goal of 12 books, but I think that my month was a much needed relaxing break, and I’m ready to get back into the swing of things in February! I did read some really great books this month though, and I’m excited to tell you all about them, and let you know what I’m planning on reading in February!
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare – 4 Stars!
I really love Cassie’s writing, and I’ve been meaning to read The Bane Chronicles for quite some time, and I’m so glad I did! Magnus has always been one of my favorite characters, and learning more about his magical life was really interesting and fun. I wasn’t a fan of the narrator shifts in this audiobook though. Some were definitely better than others, and I didn’t appreciate that each novella had a different narrator. I think consistency is key here.
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – 4 stars!
I was looking forward to this one for quite some time, especially because of all the controversy (tell me a book is being pulled from the shelves, and I guarantee you I’ll want it even more). I really appreciated how different this book was to other Anastasia retellings. You’ll read even more about my love for this book in my next blog post, so stay tuned!
Austenland by Shannon Hale – 3 stars
I have read several books from Shannon Hale and I’ve found that I really enjoy her work. It’s light and fun and is a nice escape from some of the denser fantasy novels that I read so often. I was looking forward to this book especially because I love the film SO MUCH! Unfortunately, I think the movie did it better. It was still a cute read, but didn’t match what I anticipated.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Trilogy) By Jenny Han – 5 stars!
I really love this trilogy! I’ve read the first two novels a couple of times before, but this was my first time reading the final Lara Jean novel, and it was just as good as the other two. I really love this series and I can’t wait for the next movie to come out later this month! Stay tuned – I might even do a book-to-movie review on it! (Shhhhhhhh!)
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter – 3 stars
I think that part of my dislike of this book was it’s narrator. There are several moments in Ally Carter’s books where you really realize that the subjects are only in ninth grade. And while that’s usually not a problem for me in a novel, I couldn’t get over how the narrator spoke those scenes. It made it feel more juvenile that it should have been. I really enjoy Ally Carter’s novels and I was so excited to read about an all-girls spy academy! Maybe I’ll give this one a second chance one day…not as an audio!
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey – Five Stars!
I really loved this book! The main character was utterly adorable and I loved her so much! Plus it featured one of my favorite tropes: Fake to Real Relationship. I don’t know what it is about that that I love, but…I just do? It was delicious and wonderful and steamy and hot and altogether utterly perfect!
If you’ve been reading some of my blog posts from 2019, you’ll know that I participate in Reading Rivalry every month, and this month is no different! I’ve matched my TBR to criteria in that challenge. I usually have to change it around mid-month because I’m way to ambitious with my perspective page-count, and…this month is no different! For now though, this is my TBR as it aligns with the criteria for RR!
- Author Highlight (Christina Lauren, Kristin Hannah, Lisa Jewell) – Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
- A Book From Oprah’s Book Club – Becoming by Michelle Obama
- A Book Featuring a Fake to Real Relationship – Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
- A Female Author – Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Claire
- A Biography – Over The Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness
- A Book Honoring Black History Month: Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
- A Book With a Pink or Red Cover – The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
- A Book That Has Split Male & Female POVs – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire
- A 2019 Award Winning Book – Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
- A Book You Didn’t Get To On Your TBR – Spellhacker
I’m also planning one non-criteria read to finish out my Author Binge (three books by the same author all read in one month): Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Claire
A lot of these books have a pretty high page-count, so I’m definitely anticipating some revisions to this list, but I’m going to try and stick to it as closely as possible!
Have you read any of the books on my lists? What are you planning on reading in February?