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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!