And we’re already at the beginning of February. How is it possible that that January flew by so damn fast? It seems like I blinked three times and three weeks had passed. Anyway, as I participated in the 24 in 48 readathon this month, I almost doubled my reading during one weekend. (*small yeey*) In the end, I read a whopping 14 books. It may seem like I don’t, but I promise I actually have a life and don’t just spend finishing a book every other day.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
I utterly, utterly adored the first book in this series, and I just knew I was going to love this one too. This series is without a doubt sci-fi, yet reads like contemporary and it’s the most amazing thing in the world. Don’t be fooled by the alien races or the spaceship, this book is really about family, self-awareness, friendship and finding your place in the world. I loved, loved, LOVED every second of the story and highly recommend these books. I already have the next book on my shelf and you can bet I’ll pick it up as soon as possible.
S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
First reread for my reading resolution to read one old favorite every month and I could not have been more excited to pick this one up. Seriously. It’s extremely complicated to explain how these stories are set up, but here’s the yest: when a book is made to look (AND SMELL) like an old library book in whose margins two people had entire conversations, you have me hooked. I was completely entranced by the stories and even though it takes twice as long to read it, I was barely able to put the book down. Read my full review.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Another book I was so excited to read. With the first book, I loved the amazing characters that I wanted to BFF, loved the awesome premise that immediately drew me in, but found a plot development that I wasn’t expecting and I didn’t really know if I liked. With this book, it was basically the same. Still, the other aspects made this book so good that it was an absolute joy to read. I couldn’t not love Felicity, the girl who wants to change from the beaten course and be a woman surgeon in the 18th century. She’s my hero…
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
Look, whenever a book has a main character with the same name as me, I stop to check it out. As I often find myself in the mood for a good YA thriller, I added it quickly to my TBR. Not all YA thrillers are the same and there is always a chance that it just isn’t as well-developed (read: intelligent). This however is one intricate, thought-out, hair-raising thriller. It kept me on the tips of my toes and guessing from beginning to end. I love me some dubious characters and this book gave me plenty. Truly a fun read.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book appeared on numerous best-of lists and was even said to have changed people’s lives. I was a bit wary as I didn’t know if it would end up being my kind of book, but I caved through all the hype. When I first picked it up, I looked up after what I thought to be 10 minutes, and I discovered that already 50 minutes had passed without me noticing. It happened with every sitting, I was so entranced that I just couldn’t put it down at all. Evelyn Hugo is an honest main character, and I couldn’t help but adore this Slytherin-queen. A full review will follow soon!
Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery
First book of my series I need to finish list this month and it’s so hard to review this one. I absolutely loved the premise (woohoo, televised voted-by-the-people executions!) and I also adored the way the story was told. Yet, something was missing, either that or something was a little too cliche. I just don’t know… It’s one of those books where I’ll be needing to read the rest of the series in order to be able to really judge it. All I can say now is that so far I’m really liking the portrayal of media-manipulation, we’ll see what I think of the actual story development when I’ve read the other books.
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
When I received this book in the mail, I was absolutely stunned by the sheer size of it. I do appreciate though that this book wasn’t split up in two books to make the series longer. (*standing ovation*) The adventures of the monstrous girls pick up right where the first book ended. Again, I was absolutely enthralled by Misses Hyde, Jekyll, Moreau, Frankenstein and Van Helsing, and loved that their adventures where intertwined with real historical people.
Ringer by Lauren Oliver
Finished a series of my series to finish list and I’m so glad this is done! I absolutely dreaded picking this one up as I couldn’t care for the characters in the first book and I didn’t expect this one to be any better. I was right. Gemma was at least less annoying, but this time the story annoyed me. It just didn’t seem realistic and at certain times it read just a little too… convenient. All in all, this series couldn’t hook me and even though it’s objectively “exciting”, it bored me to death. Seriously. Not my cup of tea.
Big Sister Live by Patrick van Rhijn
My Dutch YA for this month! I was immediately put off by the Dutch used in this book. This is going to sound extremely weird, but the Dutch used is specifically from the Netherlands and I couldn’t understand a large part of it. Which is of course more than a little annoying. The story is a little hollow and not truly believably written, but it is an interesting thought. A truly disturbing, disgusting thought. I felt absolutely disgusted while reading, but that was definitely the goal.
Day 7 by Kerry Drewery
I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up as the first book left me a little unsatisfied. There was a little too much time spent on building the world and the character relationships, and I just missed a little depth. This one gave me all the depth I was missing, so much more intrigue and the layers oh the layers. Absolutely loved where this book is taking the story. It ended with a bang, and now I just need to know how the series will end. Picking up the last book very soon!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Indeed, I’m fairly late for this extremely hyped party. I waited to pick it up until the second book came out, but I’m going to wait to read that one as I heard it ends in a major cliffhanger. Anyway, I expected to love this book before picking it up and that’s exactly what I ended up doing. The world is so awesome and original, and it was an absolute treat to be able to walk through it. The best part was how realistic it all was. I loved our main character and the twists kept me enthralled. This really was all it promised to be.
The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson
This sounded as one weird book, but I do love a weird book once in a while. I didn’t know what to expect, and I think that’s a bit of a good thing. This book is for a younger public, with not too much meat on its bones and not a lot of explanation of the world. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you do need to be aware of it when reading. This was really a fun read and a great start of a new series. The dinosaurs are truly interesting and I have a feeling the rest of the books will touch on some more important topics.
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
I absolutely adored the first two books in the series and I just KNEW I was going to love this one too. I had some very high expectations and every single one of them was fulfilled. Once again, Chambers gave me a sci-fi story that read like a contemporary, touched on topics like family, origin and home, and brought tears to my eyes with its realness and honesty. I also adore Chambers’ use of gender-neutral xe and xyr instead of he/she and his/her. It’s so small, never explained, but it warmed my heart every time I read it. PLEASE WRITE MORE BOOKS MRS CHAMBERS.
The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Whenever I pick up a middle-grade book, my biggest way of judging it is to see if I would have loved it as a kid. This book, I would have freaking ADORED. It’s fun, it’s whimsical, it’s magical, it would have been perfect for little me. Grown-up me also tasted a touch of the Eleventh Doctor Who (who is totally my Doctor by the way), and I absolutely loved it. This is definitely an amazing series for those who are a little too young for Harry Potter. I’m already pumped to read the rest of the series.
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!