Happy last day of January, my friends!
It’s reading wrap-up day, which I’m always super excited about, even though I… did not read as much as I wanted to this month. And I also failed at following my monthly TBR (again). Oops.
But it’s honestly alright because I loved almost every single thing I did read this month. And that’s what matters more. ❤️
Here’s all I read in January:
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I did technically start reading this at the end of December, but since I finished it at the beginning of January, I’ll count it in this wrap up. I’m super glad I got to start out 2019 with this book because… it’s The Infernal Devices! I know I can never shut up about how much I love this series, but I love this series, and I was happy to begin the year with it. Plus, this book is genius, even though it always rips my heart out about a million times. Still love it. Still going to keep rereading it.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Then, of course, I got to read this glorious masterpiece next. I’ve never been able to properly explain just how much I love Clockwork Princess, but it’s honestly everything to me. And I mean everything. Like, quite possibly my favorite book of all time. This is some kind of magnificent piece of literature and, no matter how many times I read it, I don’t think I’m ever going to get over my endless love for it. Or for Will Herondale.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
At this point, I hadn’t finished a book that wasn’t by Cassandra Clare in over two months, so I figured it was time to move on. This lead to me picking up The Cruel Prince, which sadly… didn’t captivate me as much as I expected it to. Faeries, the enemies-to-lovers trope, and morally ambiguous characters are all usually my THING, so I was kinda surprised this book fell flat for me. But good news: I did absolutely and wholeheartedly love Jude. I think I may continue this series just for her to be honest.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I started this reread in December, nearly completed it, and then put it back down for far too long. OOPS. But I did eventually finish it up, and I’m glad I did, because this book always brings me a great amount of joy. It’s a comfort read and one of my very favorites. Reading this also made me that much more hyped for Wayward Son, which is coming out THIS YEAR and I’m still screaming about it.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Meeee… reading a contemporary?? This is an unusual concept. I mean, before this book, I hadn’t read a contemporary since October. But thanks to a recommendation from my friend Dezzy, I rediscovered my love for the genre this month (YAY). Starfish was gorgeously written, emotionally powerful, and an all around beautiful story. I had forgotten just how hard-hitting contemporaries can be. I’ll definitely be reading more soon. 💜
The Steel Prince (Issues #2, #3, & #4) by V.E. Schwab
I read these to 1.) Get a bit more reading in 2.) Catch up on the new issues and 3.) Revisit one of my very favorite worlds ever. I’ll read any Shades of Magic related content without hesitiation because I love that series with my entire heart. And I’m extremely happy this story is now being expanded in graphic novel format, even though I still don’t love Maxim.
And that’s all I got for this month!
Like I said, I definitely didn’t get through as much as I expected to: 5 books and 3 issues of a graphic novel. But, ya know, it’s alright. I had a particularly poor time with my mental health at a few points during January, which hindered my ability to focus while reading. It happens. I’m learning to accept that I might not be able to read as much as I plan to every month, and that it’s fine if I don’t!
But besides quantity, I did have a successful reading month quality-wise (which is definitely more important anyway). Not counting the graphic novels, all of these books averaged together at 4.4 stars. Plus, I:
- Started out 2019 with an all time favorite series
- Met Jude Duarte, a true highlight of my month
- Finally got back in to contemporary
- Reread two of my top favorite books
- Got to read more Shades of Magic content, which is always a win
- And bonus: I’m currently reading King of Scars!
I’d call that a good month. ❤️