January Wrap-Up


January Wrap-Up

My reading year is off to a great start! I’m on track to hit 100 books this year and I read some really good ones this month. Make sure to click on the highlighted titles to read a full review.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke (ARC) ★★★★★ 
If you enjoy reality TV, hijinks and snarky main characters this one’s for you. It had me in stitches and I related to Jane’s struggled with depression more than any character I’ve ever ‘met’. 

Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyck (ARC) – ★★★★
This Spartacus retelling was action packed and Attia is a total warrior badass. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. 

Giant Days Vol 2 by John Allison (Library) – ★★★
This was a little mediocre compared to the first volume but I still enjoyed all the shenanigans. There was an artist change halfway through and that probably contributed to the low rating.

Giant Days Vol 3 by John Allison (Library) –  ★★★★
I really enjoyed Esther’s story but I was completely bored by Susan’s. I would love more focus on Daisy so I’m hoping for that in Volume 4.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Audiobook) – ★★★★
I read this so long ago but it was one of the books that made me fall in love with reading. It was a book beyond my reading level at the time but I wouldn’t give up. So, I was curious to see how I would feel re-reading it, and I’m happy to say it still holds a special place in my heart.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Audiobook) – ★★★★★
A really powerful story that I suggest listening to as an audiobook because Randy Pausch reads it himself. It’s full of fascinating stories and valuable lessons I want to apply to my life. 

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger (ARC) – ★★★★★
If you read any book because of my recommendation please let it be this one. It’s an incredibly eye-opening story about a girl with Aspergers but it isn’t focused on her disorder. Instead, it follows her work at a local zoo, an unexpected friendship with a boy at the park and her trial for emancipation. This book broke me and woke me up. I cried and laughed and it was just so perfect. Read it. Go now. 

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Own) – ★★★.5
Every one of the beautifully illustrated stories contains Bardugos mystery and magic. My favorite was ‘Ayama And The Thorn Wood’ which felt like a mash-up retelling of Snow White, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. I did feel that a couple of the stories could have ended stronger, but I have always been hard on short stories. 


Recently Added To My Shelves:

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce 

I cannot tell you how excited I am to read this! The first book I read by Tamora Pierce was Alanna and I must have been about 12 years old. Since then I have read everything she’s written in the world of Tortall and I have waited so long for Numair’s story!


Coming Up Next For Review



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