January has gone by so fast but for once I can say I’m really happy with the number of books I read. I don’t always do monthly wrap ups because I think they can be a bit repetitive if I’ve already reviewed what I’ve read but this month I’m quite pleased with myself, so why not share?
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 5/5
This was a fantastic way to start the year. I loved this—you can read my review here.
Paper Princess by Erin Watt 1/5
Of course, to balance things out, I had to follow a 5/5 fantastic classic novel with some utter trash. This book was awful. My review.
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly 4/5
This was an engaging, emotional WWII historical fiction that taught me about some events I had no idea about and I loved it. I highly recommend it. My review.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson 3/5
This book was an unimpressive, typical YA fantasy. It could’ve been better in a million ways but I still enjoyed what I read. It’s the type of enjoyment that’s just saying, “This is entertaining and there’s nothing I really hate about this book.” If you like younger YA fantasy, give it a try. It wasn’t for me but it may be for you. My review.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer 4/5
This book was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it and I’m so excited I finally tried one of Meyer’s books because now that I know I love her writing, I want to read the rest of them. My review.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 4/5
Heartless put me in the mood for more Wonderland. I originally planned on reviewing this book along with Through the Looking Glass, but I don’t actually have that much to say. I read this book years ago and found it lacking—I was expecting a story with more of a plot and more of the Cheshire Cat, I think. But this time around I was prepared for what I was reading and liked it more. Alice is an interesting character for a children’s book—curious, assertive, sweet but sometimes a little rude. I like her. I really like the whole book, there’s not much else to say. It’s fun, easy to read and easy to get swept up in.
Through the Looking Glass 4/5
My thoughts are pretty much the same towards this book. I almost read King of Scars before this one but I’m glad I didn’t. I haven’t read TTLG before but it’s still a familiar story since it seems every Alice adaptation I’ve seen combines the two books together. I also enjoyed seeing the connections in Heartless that I missed before. Anyway, this book was more of the same fun reading as the first.
There it is—seven books in total. Not a bad month at all and much better than last January (in which I only read two and a half books because one was long and dreadfully slow). I’m hoping February will be as successful a reading month.
How was your January? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading,