January Wrap Up

I was pretty pleased with my reading progress this month. After a disastrous Goodreads challenge for 2015, I decided to set my goal a little lower: instead of aiming to read 100 books (of which I read 52 last year *cringe*), I set the challenge to 70. As of today, I’m right on track.

The first book I read this month, and therefore this year, was All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. Despite the fact that this book was assigned for school, I really enjoyed it. It was very, very depressing and I was often unsettled or uncomfortable, but it was also very honest and real. I highly recommend this for those who are looking for a good- no, great– war book, because this certainly fits the bill. Rating: 4 stars

Next I read Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson. This book was so cool! The pictures on almost every page are absolutely beautiful. Some are concept art, some are costume sketches, and some are stills from or publicity photos for the movies, but they are all so well displayed. I loved reading about the creation of the films, and how the different characters were imagined and brought to life. I especially liked the pages on Dumbledore, who has a very extravagant wardrobe, and McGonagall. It was so fun to read about! I definitely think that this is perfect for any Harry Potter fan, whether or not they’ve read the books or watched the movies. Rating: 5

After that I read Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. You may remember seeing this in a TBR from December, because that is when I wanted to read it. And actually, I did start it, but I was not immediately pulled in and so I put it down. When I picked it up again, I was very glad I did. While the beginning is rather confusing because of the new terms, world, characters, etc. that are thrown out very soon, the book gets very good very quickly. It reads like a SJM book, full of twists and turns and really great characters. Although, just like in Crown of Midnight, I totally called the sort of major plot twist at the end. It’s okay though, it was still really really enjoyable. I loved Safi and Iseult, although I have no idea how to pronounce the latter’s name. I just call her Izzy, lol. And I may have boarded a few new ships on this journey. But if Susan is anything like Sarah, I shouldn’t hold on to much hope. Rating: 4

Fourth, I read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. Now, I love The Darkest Minds trilogy, so I had very very high expectations for this book. All I knew going in was that it involves pirates and time travel. Sold! Who doesn’t love pirates!? And time travel!? Anyway, this book also starts out pretty slowly. In fact, much of the first half of the book is not important. Still, it’s not like the beginning is bad, or even anywhere close. I really liked the dialogue particularly. My favorite part of this book, though, was Nicholas. And Etta, I guess, but mostly Nicholas. I mean, he’s a pirate! Rating: 4

Finally, I read When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne. This is a book of poems by the author of Winnie the Pooh. It is very short and very childish, so I read it in one sitting. There were a few poems that stood out to me, and some made me smile or laugh. I found this to be a really nice break in between all the long winded fantasy novels. Rating: 3

I think I read some pretty great books this month. My favorite has to have been The Character Vault or Truthwitch. They were just so good! I’m looking forward to another month of great reading for February!

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