We’ve all officially made it through the first month of the year, if barely! Like everyone else, I went into January with a long list of resolutions and goals to try and kickstart my year, but unfortunately that is the complete opposite of what ended up happening. Rather than making a good start on my reading challenge, I only finished two books this month, due to so many other things such as illness and work taking up my time, and so I am already behind on my 2019 challenge. That said, I did read a five star book within it, and start another book I can not wait to continue on with and discuss in February’s wrap up.
So here are all the books I read in January!
I don’t know why, but for whatever reason I decided started off 2019 with this thriller that follows Jule and her intense friendship with charming Imogen, the consequences of which seem to be never-ending. I was little nervous going into this one, as not only is it a thriller, but I’ve also had mixed feelings about some of E. Lockhart’s previous books, and unfortunately that’s exactly how I came out of this one as well.
The first half of this story had so much potential, and gripped me from the offset as I couldn’t wait to uncover all of Jule’s dark secrets. The plot was fast moving and addictive, yet soon I found myself losing interest in a story I was quickly realising I already knew the ending of, with no other plot twist coming along to prove me wrong. Overall, I wish I could have enjoyed this book more than I did, but in the end it just feel flat for me, and failed to have any sort of impact that I would want from a thriller.
(tw: murder, violence, rape)
This was another borrow from the library that I decided to pick up mainly due to Cait @ Paper Fury’s love for it, and because I am desperate to read and get back in more contemporaries after last years lack of them. Therefore, I knew almost nothing else about this book going into it, and as usual I am so glad I went into it that way, because I doubt anything could have prepared me for the emotional ride this book would take me on!
This story is beautiful in the way that it tells three very different character’s stories who all come from very different backgrounds and the struggles they face because of this. It draws you into their lives and before you know it you are emotionally connected to all of them as if they were real people rather than fictional characters. I honestly can not recommend this story enough for its ability to break your heart and piece it back together all within its pages!
(tw: murder, abuse, violence)
Not only did I not read a ton this month, but I also somehow didn’t watch that much either. That said, I did watch the entirety of The Innocent Man on Netflix throughout January, as for whatever reason I love true crime documentaries and so have begun to slowly watch more and more recently. And whilst I did enjoy it, on the whole it wasn’t one that particularly stuck out to me or that I liked as much as other Netflix documentaries on similar subject matters.
Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads discusses why teens avoid classics and whether YA should be taught in school in her insanely insightful and thought-provoking post.
Fadwa @ Word Wonders shared Six Reasons Why I Fell In Love With Rereading, and made me desperate to pick up one of my favourites again!
Finally, Aurora Librialis wrote about five reasons she’s a bad book blogger, and why that’s okay, which is exactly the sort of post I was in need of after my awful start to the year!