Hmmm, this month wasn’t up to my usual level of reading, but I did spend a lot of weekends in my house, further finishing up building it. (And it’s far from finished yet.) I ended up reading ten books, which does mean I ended the year with a new personal record by reading 105 books in total in one year. Yeey!
Light by Michael Grant
And with this book I finished my first series I need to finish list! WOOHOO! I was both excited and anxious to finally finish this series that I started more than two years ago and I’ve adored from the very beginning. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that it would end masterfully, but I sort of didn’t want to say goodbye. Luckily, this epic series ends with some serious sh*t hitting the fan which was all I could ask for in the final book in such an epic series. After following these characters through all the books, and either loving or hating them, I was glad to read how they would finally leave the FAYZ.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
So from the get-go, I wasn’t sure about this book. There was something in the short description that just didn’t appeal to me at all. But then the story got started, and I fell in love with the small nods to sexism and racism. At that point I was sure that I would be pleasantly surprised by this book. Unfortunately not long after that, some very irritating instalove happened and I got stuck with a story where the main characters spend their time making lovey-dovey googly eyes at each other. And. I Can’t. Stand. Instalove.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Okay so I adored Weir’s showstopper of a previous book, The Martian, and there was no way I was passing up on this book. It was going to be difficult to live up to The Martian and I have to say that it doesn’t, but it’s still one hell of a story. It ended up being exactly what I expected this book to be. I got thrown into the most awesome space adventure filled with realistic nerdy details and some geeky references sprinkled around. And that main character was one of the best main characters I read this year!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Our book club pick of January. I definitely would not have read it if I didn’t have to, and I’m not sure if I’m happy that I did. The book counts a whopping 552 pages, but at the end of it, I could summarizes the whole story in about five sentences. Surprisingly little actually happens. It is unfortunately one big build-up to the sequel of the duology and that’s not really what I want out of a book. Now, the actual story wasn’t bad and I honestly was intrigued with what was happening, even if it reminded me a little too much of Vicious, but now I’ll need to sequel to know officially make up my mind about this one. Annoying.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Behold, the first book of my second series I need to finish list. Of all the series on that list, this one really worried me as I didn’t actually like this book when I first read it. Somehow I did love it during this reread. I have to say that Gray’s writing style where she keeps jumping between the present and flashbacks to the past is seriously confusing, but somehow it also fits with the jumps between dimensions. The weird love pentagon was pushing the limits of what I can handle, but I pushed through. I’m so glad I gave it a reread, it will never be one of my all-time favorites, but any book that manages to make me laugh out loud is a book that I can’t help but like.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Another reread to finish one of the series on my list. I remember ADORING the uniqueness of this book, but hating the sequel for falling in so many tropes. So yeah, I’m afraid to continue this series, but I will push through. There is so much to love in this book. It’s utterly unique, kick-ass, makes you fall in love with a city (definitely need to visit Prague as soon as I can), and want to be BFFs with the main character. But there was also some things that annoyed me. I wished this story had more about the worlds and less about the romance, but I guess the romance is the most important part. Oh well.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The second-to-last YALC ARC that’s on my TBR and one I wasn’t all that sure about. It has been receiving a lot of praise, but the reference to Marvel on the back made me skeptical. Weirdly enough, this ended up being a read I liked and disliked at the same time. The first part of the story set in New York really spoke to me and I loved the creepiness and weirdness. At that point I was still sure I was going to adore this read. But during the second part, everything came undone. I could barely follow the plot, I lost my interest and the “magic” of the first part was lost. It was still an addictive read however.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I’ve been wanting to read this book for AGES and I can’t really say why I didn’t as I already knew it was going to be right up my alley. I guess I wasn’t ready for the waterworks because I knew that it would be a difficult story to take. And you should be warned, I already had tears in my eyes while I was reading it. This book ended up being more than I ever thought it would be. It isn’t only told in August’s point of view, but we also get into the head of his friends and family. It makes it even harder to take yet it has so much more heart. I loved it, and I regret every second that I waited to pick it up.
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I’ve been wanting to read this book for sooooo long, but the fact that it’s a middlegrade story always made me hesitate. In the end, my fears ended up being proven right. I was a little (*cough*) too old to truly enjoy this book, but at the same time I knew I would have adored it as an eleven-year-old. The writing seemed to be laced with magic. I don’t come across books like that very often and it completely entranced me. If only I could go back in time and give this book to eleven-year-old me.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
So this book is a little weird to me. I KNEW I was going to adore it from the outset (how can you not love three sisters who need to be the last one standing in order to receive the crown?), but I wanted to wait as long as I could before picking it up as I wanted to marathon the series. At a certain point, I just couldn’t wait any longer and my expectations were proven right: this book is AWESOOOOOME. It was a little predictable at times, but I loved the darkness and stabby-stabby-ness of the story. Highly recommend!
What do you think of all the books I read this month? Are there any on this list you’d like to read too? Let me know in the comments!