I didn’t do these last year, then again I wasn’t very good at regular posting last year, so maybe this will help with that. I decided to do monthly wrap-ups so I can show you the books I’ve read each month and what I think about everything, including ones I don’t review, but also so I can keep track of my reading. January was quite a good month for me, there were 2 things I had started last year and just finished this month but I’ve still counted them, because they count towards my Goodreads goal. Other than those two I read 5 other books. I intended to post this on the 1st Feb, but life got in the way, but here it is, even if slightly (very) belated.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
This was the first book I completed this year, which I started over Christmas, but I got ill so I didn’t get chance to finish it in 2017, so I carried on into the new year. It’s an anthology of short stories and one poem based around the theme of home at Christmas. I was slightly disappointed by this collection as I expected to love it, and whilst I did really enjoy some of the stories, there were some that I really didn’t enjoy. I gave it 3/5 stars overall.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Milk and Honey was the other book that I finished off this year that I’d started the previous year. I don’t tend to sit and read poetry books all in one go, I like to spread it out and read bits at a time, so I was about 3/4 of the way through, and finished it off in January. Milk and Honey is a stunning poetry collection about life and love and heartbreak and so many things and I adored it! I gave it 4.5/5 stars.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This one needs no introduction, I’m sure you all know about Harry Potter! I’m ashamed to say I’ve never actually read the Harry Potter series all the way through before. I read the first 4 or 4 1/2 books when I was younger, but then I stopped and I don’t remember why, so I decided to re read the first 4 so that I could carry on with the rest, so I got round to Order of the Phoenix in January. Of course I loved, and of course I gave it 5/5 stars.
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
I got The One Memory of Flora Banks for very cheap from a charity shop because I thought it sounded interesting, but I had some problems with it. I read it pretty quickly, and I didn’t hate it, but it was quite repetitive and I wasn’t keen on some of the characters and plot points. I gave it 3 stars, because as I said it wasn’t terrible and I did quite enjoy it as I was reading it, but it wasn’t my favourite.
This Heart of Mine by C.C Hunter
I won’t go into too much detail about this one, because I’ve done a full review of this book already, so check that out, but I read this on a whim from netgalley and I adored it. I read it super quickly and could not put it down it was such a beautiful, fun story, unsurprisingly I gave this one 5/5 stars.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
I read this as required reading for University, and I was quite excited to read it because I’d only read two Jane Austen books before, and I want to try and read them all in the near future, so now I’m one step closer. Persuasion was the book I’d heard least about out of Jane Austen’s novels, but I really enjoyed it, I gave it 3.5/4 stars.
A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke
I had vaguely heard about this before I bought it, but the main reason I picked it up was because of the cover, and then I read the blurb and it sounded really interesting. I read this one really quickly as well, I was just so engrossed in the story I couldn’t stop. Not only was it a brilliant story, the writing was just so so beautiful. Once again, I gave this one 5/5 stars.
I’m really happy with how many books I read in January, so far February isn’t going well, I appear to be in a bit of a slump, but hopefully by the time I get to my February Wrap-up I’ll have read something.