In January, I read a lot of books! A lot more than I expected, and I honestly can't believe it! I planned to take it slowly so that I could get used to being back in school and getting into the new year, but I was pleasantly surprised by my reading month, so here are the books I read!
Quick List of Books (in order of first read-to last read)...
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Sing by Vivi Greene, P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, The Romantics by Leah Konen, We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and The Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Fredrick
What I Liked and What I Didn't on each book...
Three Dark Crowns: 4/5 stars. I loved the whole plot and the main characters! The story was rich and the characters had their flaws but were very relatable! I didn't like that the side characters weren't very well developed. This was simply because I couldn't keep track of what side characters were which, their names, and what roles they played in the story.
Illuminae: 4/5 stars. The ship names, the side characters, and the very different events that went on at the same time were hard to follow. Other than that, the book was great, the humor was wonderful, and the concept and setting were awesome!
Sing: 3/5 stars. This book was very good! The character was a great narrator and I enjoyed looking in on her life for 300 or so pages. However, the ending wasn't really what I expected, and I didn't really think it was a finish, more just like the end of a chapter. However, overall, I did enjoy this book.
P.S. I Like You: 5/5 stars. I love Kasie West! She is a wonderful contemporary author! This book didn't disappoint! I listened to it on audiobook and the narrator was good! I loved the exchange of letters and the characters were great! I also loved our main character's family drama, because it was relatable and I enjoyed that aspect.
This Savage Song: 4/5 stars. I really loved how this book showed how there isn't a fine line between good and bad. I loved our character development and how they became friends. I found the lack of romance refreshing and I enjoyed just reading a book about friendship! I thought the world was great and the range of monsters and how they were made fascinating!
The Romantics: 4/5 stars. This book was very good! I loved reading from the perspective of Love! Also, it is set in my home state, NC! I loved being able to see the setting in my head and being able to picture where things were going on! I also enjoyed our characters and their struggles.
We Are Still Tornadoes: 4/5 stars. Once again, one of our characters was attending college in NC, and I enjoyed that a lot! I loved the friendship that was shown and represented in the letters that tell the story. i thought our characters were very likable and I indentified with them. The humor was spot on as well!
A Thousand Pieces of You: 4/5 stars. This book was solid! I loved how, instead of the stererotypical time travel book we experienced dimensional travel. I loved seeing all of the alternate dimensions of our characters. I also loved the major plot twist! This book was very good.
Six of Crows: 5/5 stars. This book was incredible! I loved how ruthless and awesome our characters are! I really appreciated how diverse and complicated they were, and how that impacted their lives. I honestly couldn't get enough of this book.
Between the Lines: 3/5 stars. This book was pretty good. I set my expectations extremely high for this book. Promise of a book character coming to life had me enthused, but I wasn't completely satisfied with this book. While it was enjoyable, I felt the plot drag on and the characters weren't very relatable.
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things: 5/5 stars. This book was impactful and powerful and wonderful. It delt with abuse and abandonment and love and trust and I loved it all. I'm not into a lot of abuse novels, just because I was raised in a good home and am scared to really experince abuse, but I had no idea this book held what it did, and was extremely surprised and really loved this book.
Crooked Kingdom: 5/5 stars. This book was amazing. I loved the characters and the plot and the setting and everything. Love love love.
Mother-Daughter Book Camp: 4/5 stars. I was first invested in this series a few years ago, in elementary school. It was so awesome and the characters were different but so wonderfully human, and I fell in love with them because they fell in love with books. Classics, to be exact. I thought the series was over, but thankfully it wasn't! This book was great, and the series is too!