January 2017 Wrap Up

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January was an exceptionally good reading month for me. For one thing, I read A LOT. Sometimes more than I should have based on the pile of ungraded papers in front of me. On top of reading a lot of books, I read a lot of really good books. It’s so hard to stop reading when each new book you pick up is great. To make things more interesting with this wrap up, I have decided to list each book in order of my favorite read of January to my least favorite read of January.

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo                                                                                                  This was my only 5 star read for January. This book was fast paced, had an awesome cast of characters, and a memorable plot. It definitely lives up to the hype. Review:Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill                                                                                              4 stars. This book was just so much fun to read. It’s a quick and easy read, full of adventures and kick-ass characters. It may not have been as perfectly written as Six of Crows, but I felt like I had just as much fun reading it. Review: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill
  3. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson                                                  I rated quite a few of my January reads 4 out of 5 stars so it gets difficult deciding which one I liked better. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth is ultimately my next favorite on this least because of how thought provoking it was. I, as a teacher, found it incredibly relatable and eye opening. It will definitely be a book that sticks with me for months to come. Gatsby in the millennial high school: A review of The Most Dangerous Place On Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
  4. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti                                                    Another 4 star read for me. I told you, a good reading month. This book I loved mainly because of the unique protagonist, Hawthorne Creely. She was so strange and different from the mainstream YA protagonists, that often feel like a carbon copy of each other. Elements of this story were ridiculous, and it probably isn’t for everyone, but I loved it. Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  5. The Futures by Anna Pitoniak                                                                                                         3 stars. This book was very well written and I found many of the post grad issues presented very insightful. If this story had been more focused on the relationship and post-grad life, and less on the 2008 financial crisis, it probably would have been another four star read for me. Review: The Futures by Anna Pitoniak
  6. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake                                                                                           5 stars. I know, my ranking seems flawed here. I really enjoyed this book and stick by my 3.5 star rating even if I liked The Futures (3 stars) better. Ultimately, The Futures had more little issues throughout but I liked the writing style in that one better. Three Dark Crowns was my first read of 2017 and I found it to be a very intriguing premise. I especially loved how dark the story got at points and can’t wait to see where the series is headed. Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  7. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller                                                                                        Last on the list is another 3 star read. The writing in Swimming Lessons is beautiful but overall, the story fell flat for me. There wasn’t a single character I liked and I felt at times it was incredibly slow moving. However, the writing truly is beautiful, so those attracted to language-driven stories over plot/character-driven stories are bound to love this. Review: Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Bonus Read: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I’m not counting this as a book since it is technically just a short story. I was super excited to receive this bound copy from Book of the Month Club in January as a huge Gillian Flynn fan. This was a weird read for me. The middle of the story was fantastic and truly creepy. However, the ending was confusing and ultimately unsatisfying. If you are a Gillian Flynn fan or a scary story fan in general, this is worth the read. It only took me about thirty minutes, and while not perfect, it was definitely fun.  Review: The Grown up – a short story by Gillian Flynn

As I said, overall this was a great month for reading with not a single book coming in at under 3 stars. Hopefully, February will continue this trend. What books have you read this month? What was your favorite? What was your least favorite? Let me know in the comments below!




2 thoughts on “January 2017 Wrap Up

  1. Michelle says:

    You had such a great reading month 🌸 Three Dark Crowns is on my TBR for February and I’m so happy to see a positive review for it, most of the reviews I’ve read have been really negative 😊


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