We’re officially at the end of the first month of the year, and as always it felt like a very long one! Despite the feeling that January may never end, I had quite an average reading month, likely because it was both a very average and slightly boring month, and as I spent alot of it just getting back into the routine of things. That said, I did read three amazing books this month, nearly finish a fourth, and just overall had a great time starting off my 2020 reading year.
So here are all of the books that I read in January!
My reading year got off to the best possible start with this spectacular sequel to Ace of Shades, which exceeded my insanely high expectations with its complex plot and beautiful character development. Every aspect of the first book was taken up to a whole new level in this one, with the world brought even more to life and the stakes somehow even more deadly. I have so many amazing things to say about this book and truly think that it makes this series one of my new favourites as I just can not get enough of the City of Sin, no matter how often it reminds me of its dangers.
(tw: Drug Abuse, Death, Murder, Violence)
In a very strange spur of the moment decision I decided that the very night I finished King of Fools, a book that completely broke me and I was sure would leave me in a book hangover for weeks, I decided to pick up this graphic novel. I have been meaning to dive into this one for ages, and so I am so happy that I finally know why so many people are in love with these books, because this was just the cutest story I’ve ever read. It tugged on my heartstrings and made me care so much about these characters in such a short amount of time. I read in one sitting because I just couldn’t get enough, and now am desperate to pick up Volume Two very soon, especially after that heartbreaking ending.
Unfortunately, January wasn’t all good, as it also brought my first DNF of 2020 with this one, the first audiobook I listened to. I made my way through over 60% of this one, which for a 20 odd hour audiobook is a lot, and so I’m really annoyed that I just wasn’t a fan of this one. Part of the reason why I gave up on it was because of just the sheer length of it, as it seemed like the story was way too dragged out and too much happened in the span of just one single book. I just found myself not caring about the characters and getting too confused by the plot to keep going, and part of me wishes I had listened to my instincts earlier and given up way before the 60% mark.
The deciding reason for me DNFing Kingsbane was the release of this, the final book in the Truly Devious trilogy, and so its no surprise that I switched over to this audiobook as soon as I could. I have loved listening to these books whilst I travel to and from uni, and so I had to continue the tradition that allowed me to return to this murder mystery adventure.
As always, this book was just so much fun, even with the amount of murder and dead bodies discussed within it. I loved returning to these quirky little characters one last time and watching Stevie try to piece together the last pieces of the puzzle. For me, it was a great conclusion to a great series that I just had the best time reading!
(tw: Death, Murder)
For the first time in a while, January saw me make alot more progress on some of my TV Shows, something which never normally happens to someone like me who may watch two or three episodes a week if I’m lucky. But I am just now way to invested in Lucifer, which I am now well into the second season of, to do that, and am even struggling to restrict myself to two episodes a day sometimes.
Along with that, I also started watching The Witcher on Netflix, which I unfortunately have to watch at a slower pace as I watch it with my boyfriend. So far I am really enjoying it, and can tell that it is just going to get better and better as it goes, something which I really hope I am right about!
As is the case with most people, January was basically just a month of returning to normality and getting back into the swing of university and lectures, so there isn’t that much to share really. However, I did want to just use this little section to say that although I haven’t set myself any specific blogging goals for 2020, I am hoping to get into a more regular pattern throughout this year. I want to try and post twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but at the very least once a week, and to try and schedule my posts further ahead of time to make this possible. I am also in the process of preparing loads of bookish photos so that I can (fingers crossed!) start using my bookstagram account again, as it is something that I really enjoy doing and another way to talk about books whenever I want to.
So whilst I am not making any promises, I am hoping to stop leaving comments for weeks, and to hopefully be more regular around here.
What did you read in January? What was your favourite book from the month? Have you got any particular reading plans for February?