I pledged that 2016 will be a new year for me when it comes to book blogging. So I decided to do monthly wrap-up as well.
January is a good reading month for me. I’ve read a total of 5 books. I managed to squeeze in a couple of books when school started in the 3rd week of January.
The first book that I finished this month is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I really enjoyed this book. The writing style is so unique. The story was told in a form of dossiers which makes it so interesting. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are brilliant for thinking about such concept. I really love this book! I rated this 4.5 out of 5 stars. (To know more about my thoughts on this book, just click the “Book Review” link below the book cover.)
This is the book two of The School for Good and Evil trilogy, a middle-grade fantasy book. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy because I like the plot. Nonetheless, in the second book, the plot was okay. It did not wow me but it is not as predictable as I thought it would be. But I feel like 2/3 of the book was so slow. I get hooked on this book because of the last 4 to 3 chapters and it surely make up for the slow pace. Nevertheless, I wish that the story was more interesting than the first book from the very beginning. I’m planning to give it 2.5 out of 5 stars but the last couple of chapters were the saving grace of this book so I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(Don’t have a book review for this book because I don’t want to review a sequel if I don’t have a review for the first book.)
The third book that I have read this month is The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. To be honest this is the worst book that I have read this month. I expected so much about this book but it does not reach my expectations. I wish the story took a different turn than it did. It is so confusing and a bit frustrating that the answer to the mystery does not make any sense! The moment I close this book, I want to throw it out the window. My reaction was “that’s it?!”. Yeah, literally like that! I’ll be leaving a link below the book cover if you want to know more about my thoughts on this book because I don’t want to turn my wrap-up into rants.
The fourth book that I have read this month is The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. I really enjoy this short story. It’s only 61 pages and yet the story feels like it is more than 300 pages. The story will surely stick to you. I’m kinda disappointed with the ending but not in a bad way. I’m disappointed because it is a cliffhanger or more on the open ending side. Nevertheless, I wish it kinda ended differently. There are no boring pages, each page will make you want to read the rest of the book to know the answer. I gave this 3.5 out of 5 stars. I would have given it 4 but the open ending lets me down a bit.
The last book that I have read this month is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Now this book is as fascinating as its illustrations. I like the concept, the plot, and the illustrations. It’s short, less than 200 pages, yet it unfolds an aspect of life taken in the point of view of a child. I cried towards the end of this book. You should definitely check it out!
That’s all the books that I have read this month. Right now I’m currently reading A Game of Thrones which I am hoping to finish in February. I haven’t finished this because I’m having a reading slump and I have so many school works to do. I am hoping that my February reads are the same as my January reads but I doubt it.