Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Wrap Up and February TBR


So this January was actually a pretty good reading month for me. I read a total of 5 books so I'm quite proud of myself about this.

1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

My rating: 3 stars
Upon reading this book I realized...THIS BOOK ISN'T ABOUT VAMPIRES. Who knew?! Okay, I'm pretty sure a lot of you know but all the Twilight comparisons led me to believe so.
But surprisingly enough I enjoyed this book. I mean it wasn't the best book ever or anything but I think it deserves a little more love. 
For anyone who doesn't know what this book is about. It's about witches...or sorts. And there's the whole forbidden love thing coming in to play too. However there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE. 
Am I going to pick up the next book in the series? Maybe one day but right now, it doesn't seem like as big a priority.

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

My rating: 4 stars
I read this book for class and I'm going to be honest and say that I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if I didn't have to. So yay for school, I guess.
This book is so devastatingly sad, and of course I know a lot more about it now than I probably would've if I'd just read it. Since I'm "studying" it, I know all the metaphors and the foreshadowing and all those writing techniques that the writer put in to the story.
It's all very impressive. I'm serious. 
And like I said in my last post, I don't really read all that many books about war, and I guess that's changing now but reading about the was just eye opening, because I knew hardly anything at all about what was going on in Afghanistan all those years. 
This is just one of those books that you should at least give it a try. At some point in your life. Definitely worth the read. 

3. Everyday by David Levithan

 My rating: 4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was so different from anything I've ever read before and the writing was gorgeous!
Basically, this book is about a guy who wakes up every morning as a different person. Regardless of gender or sexuality. And this has been going on since he was born so he's never got the chance to witness life as a regular person, he doesn't have any real family or friends. 
And then one day, he falls in love. 
That's all I'm going to tell you, I highly recommend you go and pick up the book right now, because it is honestly amazing. 
Every chapter is him as a different person and I really liked that. It was almost as if they were all individual stories just all told from his POV. 

4. Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

My rating: 2.5 stars
The only reason I picked up this book was because I was in the library, in the non fiction section, and I figured I'd sit and read for a while. This happened to be the shortest book there. 
This book just sort of let me down, because the initial premise sounded really interesting. It's about a girl who spends her teenage years in a mental institute. It was a true story. 
But unfortunately it just didn't end up being a book I enjoyed. 

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak


This book. Holy flaming potatoes, this book. I am still recovering from this book and I don't think I'll stop thinking about it ever. 
It's just such a powerful story and when I finished it, I think I just sobbed for an hour straight. 
The book is narrated by Death and that made it a very original and interesting POV. 
It's not uncommon for me to get attached to fictional characters but the ones in this book were just so real and you can't help but love them. 
I honestly have no words about this other than PLEASE PLEASE READ IT. 

And that's it for my January wrap-up. I haven't read more than 2 books in the past few months so 2016 is off to a pretty good start, reading wise. Did I just jinx it...?


 So the only set books I have for my TBR this month are:
  1. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
  2. The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir
  4. How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran

 I've already started Never Always Sometimes, and I'm about fifty pages in. It's just one of those quick, light contemporary reads, which is exactly what I needed after The Book Thief. I need time to recover from so much emotion overload.

And the reason I said these are the only books on my TBR that are "set" is because there are a bunch of readathons happening this month and I'm not sure exactly which books I'm reading for those.

For any of you guys who are interested, the readathons I'm going to be participating in this month are

1. Rainbowthon 2.0

The Rainbowthon is taking place from the 7th to the 14th of this month.
This just sounds like it's going to be a fun readathon. It's going to give me and excuse to read a lot in one week, and it'll give a really pretty wrap-up shot for instagram. (psst. By the way you can follow my bookstagram @nushoesocks)
If you haven't heard of this readathon, the point is that you try to make a rainbow from the spines of the books you read for this readathon. 
I think there is a hashtag for this readathon over on twitter if you guys want to check it out!

2. AYearAThon - February

The February part of AYearAThon is taking place from the 8th to the 14th and the theme for this month is romance. 
I still have no idea what I'm going to read for this one but if you guys have any recommendations let me know!
And if you want to learn more about THIS readathon, there is a Goodreads group you can join.  

 If any of you guys are participating please let me know.


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