MONTH IN REVIEW: January 2016

Hey guys, how was everyone’s first month of 2016? I had a pretty good January, book-wise: I read 16 books!! I also bought five books this month (I know that a lot of people buy way more than that in a normal month, but I don’t have a job yet, so my hauls are a little small).

Okay, books I’ve read this month:

  1. Happily Ever After (Kiera Cass)
  2. The Heir (Kiera Cass)
  3. Infinite in Between (Carolyn Mackler)
  4. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (Jennifer E. Smith)
  5. Two Boys Kissing (David Levithan)
  6. Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas)
  7. Dumplin’ (Julie Murphy)
  8. Saint Anything (Sarah Dessen)
  9. Mosquitoland (David Arnold)
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)
  11. Stand Off (Andrew Smith)
  12. Night (Elie Wiesel)
  13. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)
  14. The Beginning of Everything (Robyn Schneider)
  15. The Originals (Cat Patrick) *re-read*
  16. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

I do not have time to review all the books I read, sadly (I read a lot of books, obviously, so that would be like a full-time job), so there are reviews up for half of these. Most of them were really good (kudos to me for picking good books :)) with a few exceptions (MosquitolandHello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, Infinite in Between). I read Night for my English class (we’re reading Between Shades of Gray and watching The Boy in the Striped Pajamas currently), and I really liked it, even if it was really sad. If you want to ask me any questions about the books I read, comment below or shoot me an email if you want me to give you my opinion!

Next: Books I bought!

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton)
  2. Dumplin’ (Julie Murphy)
  3. The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
  4. The Bane Chronicles (Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson)
  5. Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)

Okay, so far the only book on this list that I’ve read is Dumplin’ which was SUPER good. I started Salt to the Sea in the car on the way home from Barnes & Noble (no shame), and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be just as amazing as Ruta Sepetys’s other books (I own both of those, too!). I keep saying that I’m this huge Cassandra Clare fan, yet I haven’t read The Bane Chronicles yet. I’m kind of ashamed of myself, but I have it now!! I picked up The Raven Boys because I’ve heard such amazing things about the series, even though I’m slightly confused as to what it’s about. Oh well. And lastly, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I also don’t really know what it’s about either, but we were in Barnes & Noble (why are there no amazing indie bookstores where I live?!) earlier this month and I had to pick a second book that I could pay for in like, thirty seconds (by that point my parents were very impatient :D) and I saw that it was cheap, so I grabbed it. Anyways, I’m excited to read all of these books!

Reading update: Currently, I’m reading Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer, Salt to the Sea, AND The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, which is about the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s death in 1998 (if you don’t know the story, look it up: it’s important).

Here’s to a great, bookish February! Happy reading!

Julia 🙂

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