January has been so slow for me and I am glad that it is now over! That being said I did manage to read eight books this month and I am on track for my ultimate goal of reading 110 books in 2020.
How was your January? How many books did you manage to read?
Books I Read in January
1 . A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr
A Throne of Swans was an original fantasy, that was both compelling and enchanting all in one. I found the concept to be highly unique and I’m really looking forward to reading book two! Full review.
2 . The God Game by Danny Tobey
I don’t usually read Sci-Fi but The God Game has changed that for me. It was a thrilling, intense read that had me on the edge of my seat. I loved the overall plot and I am eager to see what this author writes next. Full review.
3 . The Boy Who Fooled the World by Lisa Thompson
This was a beautifully written story full of hope, but also some realisation that life isn’t always perfect. I was so hooked on it, that I finished it within a few hours. This is a book, I feel all 9 – 12 year olds should read at some point. They will be both entertained and educated on issues that they probably haven’t even thought about.
4 . A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison
A Sprinkle of Sorcery really let me down if I’m honest. I liked being back with the Widdershin sisters and I love them all as characters, I just felt that the plot and storyline let me down. I found it to be very slow to start and I’ll admit I found myself getting bored. The magic that drew to the A Pinch of Magic was just not there and for that I felt let down. The concept was really intriguing I just felt that it wasn’t executed as well as it should have been.
5 . Are You Watching? by Vincent Ralph
My first 5 star read of 2020! I was literally hooked on this book. It took me on a frantic, hair-raising journey and I can say that it has become one of my favourite YA Thrillers of all time. The way it was written put you right in the moment and you genuinely couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. I have already started recommending it to everyone I know. Full review.
6 . Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
I’m trying to read one graphic novel a month and Nightlights was given to me to borrow by a year 6 at work. The art style was beautiful and I enjoyed the element of magical realism. I wanted more story though as it ended so abruptly.
7 . What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
This was a really interesting read that delves into the topics of domestic violence, self harm & mental health I enjoyed it for the most part but I found the first two parts a tad confusing and the ending didn’t wrap everything up. Full review.
8 . The Cellist’s Notebook by Kittie Lambton
This was a beautifully written novella that is full of charm and magic. I was instantly captivated by the magical feel and found myself just enchanted by everything within it. For a book so short, it was so detailed and I found myself feeling like I was in Emily’s shoes, and I love when a book does that to me. Full review.