January Wrap-Up | February TBR

I figured since I'm way too anxious and ugly to start a YouTube channel and talking about books on Goodreads isn't enough, I figured I would talk about the books I read/books I want to read here. I barely use Mibba anyway, so why not inch myself back into it by talking about books since I haven't written anything since November.

January was a pretty good reading month for me. I finished a five-book series. Nothing I read was huge in terms of page number. I have one book I'm going to throw into this list even though I finished it on the second of this month. [Please note: instead of writing this blog I should go to bed because I work at 6 am tomorrow but, y'know]


The first book I finished January (despite starting it mid-December) was A Map of Days, the fourth book in Ransom Rigg's series Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. I, uh, really didn't like this book. I gave it two stars. The first three were decent, I guess. I really loved them the first time I read them, but after my reread late last year, I decided that they really aren't that good. The writing is bad, the characters are pretty bland, and the romance makes me want to use the book to start a nice, warm fire. Sounds harsh, I know. I literally can't remember anything about this book except I hated the romance. Riggs should've ended the series at the third book and left it alone. He's beating a dead horse at this point, and I won't be continuing the series after this trainwreck.

The second book I read was The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond. I gave this one three out of five stars. It was okay. I enjoyed the premise - it's about the reality that would've faced the world if Hitler had won WW2. Richmond threw in people with super abilities (ie flying) and that made everything even more interesting. The romance wasn't horrible and the characters were decent. All-in-all, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it.

Books three out of seven that I read was The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series by Zac Brewer. Overall, the series got a 3.5 stars out of me. It's about a half-vampire named Vladimir Tod that discovers he's the Pravus and will eventually rule over vampirekind and enslave the human race. He doesn't want to be evil so he does everything he can to avoid it. Honestly, the only reason I still think about this series is the potential that could've been if Brewer had Joss, the vampire slayer, and Vlad end up together. I shipped those two like FedEx and was super disappointed when nothing became of it. Also, Vlad's uncle Otis was... wow, he's a character. I fell in love with him completely. I'm definitely planning some fanfic for this book.

The last book is one that I did start in January but didn't finish until the second of this month. I know I would've finished it if I hadn't started a first shift job and come home super tired every day. Anyway, that book was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Oh my god, I'm so angry at myself for putting off reading this. I gave it 4.5 stars. It would've been a five star read if the ending wouldn't have angered me so much. It's about a girl named Cath and her first year at college. She deals with anxiety, is obsessed with fandom, and even writes fanfic. I connected to her so much, was rooting for the romance, and wow, I just loved this book. As I said, though, the ending made me mad. It wasn't that it was bad, it just didn't wrap everything up like I would've hoped.

Overall, January wasn't a horrible reading month. No five star reads, but it wasn't terrible.

Most of the time, I don't really do TBR's. I read whatever I feel like reading at that moment and sometimes sticking to a list screws me up and makes me feel like I can't read anything. But, I'm going to try it for this month. If it doesn't work out then I'll drop it.

I went to Half-Price Books yesterday with the intention of getting the Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan. I read half the books in high school and fell in love with them. After finishing Vladimir Tod I decided to look through the tag on Tumblr and saw a post about Otis and Crepsley talking about how annoying Vlad and Darren are but looking at them with love and pride in their eyes and, wow did I have the desire to read Cirque Du Freak again.

So, I got books four, five, and six. I got the remaining ordered but they won't be in for one to two weeks. However, if they all come in this month, the first six will go onto this month's TBR. They're relatively short books, so I'm sure I can get through them quickly.

With that being said, the first six books are on February's TBR, along with that, I've already read and finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and am currently reading Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

Kind of a boring TBR, I know, but when I start a series, I can't read other books in the middle. I have to focus on that series. I don't know anyone else like that, but I really hope I'm not the only one like this.
And there we are. I think my clothes are done in the dryer, so I'm going to drag them upstairs and try to sleep. Let's hope I don't miss my alarms, heh.

What were your January reads? Do you have TBRs for every month or do you play it by ear (is that the saying???)?
February 4th, 2019 at 03:09am