January Wrap Up

January..well it went slow lets just say that. Despite this a few positive things happened during this month. I started my new job as a Primary School Librarian – it’s been amazing so far and I am learning so much. I still have lots to learn but it’s looking positive! I also booked my wedding venue for next year and I am so excited to start the planning officially! And I read 8 books, which is the most books I have read in a month for a long time, so I’m pretty proud.

Anyway, here’s my January wrap up! What books did you read in January? And what did you get up too during this month?

Books I Read in January

All the Lonely People 39024318 Devoted 33832945
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All The Lonely People by David Owen

– This was a brutal and honest tale all about the dangerous side of social media and how you can feel lonely even when you are online. It was heart wrenching and I really admired how the story itself was told.

Check out my full review.

Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes

Outside was an outstanding, very character driven read. The story itself was so unique and had me wanting to read on and know more and more after each chapter. Our main character Ele was such a strong feminine character and I just fell for her straight away. This story does touch on some sensitive issues so trigger warnings are advised.

Check out my full review.

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu

Devoted was a powerful, informative, emotional read that I didn’t want to put down. The topic of religion, specifically christianity is touched upon a lot. The topic itself is handled in a respectable way that will in no way offend any reader. I loved Rachel’s courage and determination and how she learnt to live life her own way.

Check out my full review.

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

– This was a short, quick MG read that I adored. The unique take on the slavic folklore legend of Baba Yaga was so fun and the stubbornness but also boldness of Markina was a joy to read.

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Karen Millwood Hargrave

– I really wanted to like this more than I did after hearing so many good reviews! However, I was disappointed. Yes, the story is quite magical but the world building wasn’t strong enough and come the end you are left with a lot of unanswered questions.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

– I DNF this but I’m going to count it anyway. I found it to be extremely dull. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters and the plot wasn’t my thing. I was bored when reading to tell you the truth. A major let down.

The Star-Spun Web by Sinead O’Hart

– This was a fun, magical MG read. I fell in love with Tess and her pet spider, Violet almost straight away and the concept was such a joy to read. However, I did find that the plot took a while to get going.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

– Another MG incorporating magic realism into it’s plot. It really brings together family, sisterhood and magic as a whole. The plot is very fast moving and keeps you wanting to know more and more. The only thing I will say that’s negative is that it was a little bit too predictable for my liking.

February Reading Goals

I want to read at least 6 – 8 books in February so I keep on track for my Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books in 2019. 

I am reading a lot of MG books for work so I want to continue that and find more books within that genre.

I also have a few proofs that I need to get through!

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