I’ve got my first wrap for 2017 for y’all today. Spoiler alert: it’s not a great start. So yay, starting off the year on an unproductive note. How swell.
I read 4 books for the first month of this year although one of them was a reread. I don’t know whether I should count the reread as part of my reading challenge because it’s not added on Goodreads. Do you think rereads should add to reading challenges? I’m just going to count new reads as part of my challenge for now. So far, I’ve read 3 of 80 books I intend to read in 2017. That’s 4% and it’s not a good start. Oh the shame.
(I know like all the reviews are missing. I’m severely behind reviewing books right now.)
- The Fever Code (The Maze Runner, #0.6): this was a disappointing read for me. I was super excited to see the origins of the gladers and the creation of the maze. I wanted to understand the reasonsing behind WICKED but what I got wasn’t that. Full review HERE.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1): and another disappointment I had in the month of January. I didn’t have a good start this year. Boy do I have a review to come.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1): [REREAD] saved by HP. I’m thinking about rereading the whole series this year. Tell me that’s a good idea.
- Ashes (Seeds of America,#3): I’ve liked this series so far and I’ve been waiting for this finale for the longest time. However, it was pretty average and it was a bit too happy happy. That review is coming soon.
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- Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4): this is actually my current read. It’s monster and I’ve hardly made a dent in it. Help me.
- Olivia Decoded (Olivia Twisted, #2): this is a sequel and a finale that I’m hoping to finish in February. It’s about code breaking but the first book didn’t really make much of an impression on me.
- Learning to Play Gin (Cheating at Solitaire, #2): another finale for a duology! I’m almost always unbelievable happy when I finish a series. Shhh duologies count too.
- Swarm (Zeroes, #2): YA superheroes. Sounds exciting, right? Well I think I was more excited about the concept of the first book than the actual reading.
- Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, #3): ahhh so many series I’m hoping to finish this month. I love Ally Carter books, however this series hasn’t really been that great for me. I’m still hoping this will be better than good *fingers crossed*.
- Lusus Naturae: A Lord Carlston Story (Lady Helen, #1.5): I didn’t know this novella existed until very recently. I’m hoping to finish this so I can read the second book which has been released recently too.
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You fiends seem to enjoy my negative posts. Who needs happiness anyway right???
- The psychological thriller; You by Caroline Kepnes is getting an adaptation. I actually haven’t read this book yet. However, I’m very interested by its premise and look forward to reading it!
- An additions to the Shadowhunters cast. We have an Irony sister cast which I didn’t expect so soon in the TV show. But it’s Shadowhunters and they have their own rules.
- Season 1 of the A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix adaptation has aired and I of course binged it all! It is glorious and if you were reluctant about the quality of the adaptation, don’t fear – it’s great! I can’t wait until season 2 comes out.
- The Hate U Give is getting an adaptation starring Amandla Stenberg. Literally this girl is taking over the YA adaptation world. She’s got a couple coming out.
- A real glimpse of the author’s role in adaptation or at least Cassandra Clare’s experience with adaptations of her Shadowhunters chronicles. It’s a really interesting read!
- Sarah J. Maas’s ACOWAR has a cover reveal! Do you like it? Do you prefer the US or UK/ANZ?
- More additions to the TV show, Shadowhunters. We have a Sebastian. I repeat, we have a Sebastian. Honestly, I think it’s way too soon to introduce his character. However, in terms of the casting, I approve of the choice. I’m super nervous about the transit of his entry to the show though.
- Maggie Stiefvater’s #darknovel now has a title. Say hello to All the Crooked Saints, a paranormal standalone that I know very little on.
I watched an enormous amount of television in January which really affected my lack of reading. I started and caught up on Sherlock which is amazing, why didn’t I start earlier? But I hear I need to wait another century until the next season comes out??? I also started watching Daredevil which is absolutely fantastic. I was hesitant to start it but I shouldn’t have. Those fight scenes are phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoy the way they are filmed. And one more: I started Criminal Minds. Yes the 12 season TV show that doesn’t seem like it’s going to end any time soon. It sounds extremely strange to say that I enjoy the show considering what it’s about, but I do.
I’ve decided to start bullet journalling this year. I did sort of try it last year which I gave up almost immediately. But know that I’ve figured what doesn’t work for me, I willing to give it a proper go. Pinterest has been a big help.
Nothing particularly exciting happened to me in January though that’s why I spend most of my time on the internet. This month, I’m hoping to read much more than I did in January and hopefully, these are good books too.
If I’m reading Harry Potter, my favourite quote from that month is bound to be from HP. There are too many to choose from gahhh…
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (Albus Dumbledore)
That quote tears me up every time.
What shenanigans did you get up to in January? Any great books to start off the year? Also do you think I split up my wrap up posts because I feel as though it’s too long? Comment below!