Whilst it’s not the end of January just yet, I have already read 8 books and I’m onto my ninth at the moment. January is always a great reading month for me as it’s a new year and I have a new reading goals and bookish resolutions which always motivate me to get reading. So here is what I’ve been reading lately.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
After seeing the trailer for the movie and really wanting to see it I decided to pick up the book first as I usually tend to prefer the book to the movie adaptation and so that’s what I did. This book does exactly what it says on the tin (a.k.a the title) and we follow a detective conducting interviews on the train. I don’t want to say much because it’s best to go into these types of books not knowing much. Also, I want to mention this particular cover is so beautiful. All I’ll say in terms of the plot is that I liked it (gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars) and whilst my theory was right that didn’t mean I knew how it would end.
Fire and Thorns and Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
The next two books I read this month were the first and second book in a series I’d heard really good things about. I couldn’t take a picture of them as I read them both as ebooks however I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Giving the first book a 4 out of 5 and the second book 5 out of 5 stars. I read both of these books in one sitting, one after the other. If that doesn’t tell you how compelling they were then I don’t know what will. I need to read the third and final book in the series super soon!
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
This was a spontaneous purchase when picking up another book and saw it was on 2 for £7 offer and boy am I pleased I picked this up. This is my favourite book I’ve read so far this year. Partly because of the great storyline, interesting characters and the many plot twists but also simply because I went into this with no expectations and it was so good. I’ve bought a lot of books this month but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t planning on picking up the sequel to this very soon. Can you guess what star rating I gave this? 5 out of 5 stars.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
This is something I’ve had my eye on for a while now. After reading Connor Franta’s Note To Self last year which contained some poetry, I realised just how much I enjoy reading it and wanted to read some more. I adore the title of this poetry collection and how simplistic the cover is. I’d planned on taking my time with this and reading a poem every now and then until I started reading and next thing I knew I had read it. Whoops.. 4 stars from me.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I had mixed emotions when reading this this month. I’d been seeing and reading such amazing reviews of this book that my expectations became super high that I worried I wouldn’t like it as much as I wanted to. But thankfully I did enjoy it. It wasn’t perfect but I enjoyed it and hope there will be a second book. 4 out of 5 stars.
Arabella of Mars by David D Levine
This was another spontaneous purchase after seeing a review of it and thinking it sounded interesting. Sadly whilst the concept sounded great, this just didn’t compel or excite me like the other books I read did. There was a lot of description and I just found myself reading it so I could finish it instead of reading it fast because I was loving it. So it was a 3 out of 5 stars for me. It was a good book but maybe not quite what I was expecting.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This was the book I picked up at the same time as The Diabolic and as I loved that book so much I hoped I would enjoy this one as well as I’d also heard positive reviews about this and I wasn’t disappointed. This follows triplets who are all queens but there is only one throne. Great character development and the end of the book blew me away and made me immediately need the next book. 4.5 out of 5.
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Finally, this is the current book I’m reading. I’m about 50 pages in so I can’t say too much yet but I thought I would include it in this post. The premise sounds interesting and I’m enjoying it so far so fingers crossed I really enjoy this book too.
So overall I’ve read a lot this month (so far) and I’ve really enjoyed them all which has got me so excited for the year ahead as there are so many books I want to read and ones which are coming out this year. What have you read this month?
Thanks for reading