Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Wrap-Up and February TBR(2018)

Hello and welcome to a new post. Today I will be sharing by January Wrap-Up and my February TBR. I will also like to mention I am so close to hitting 800 followers on my bookstagram and it would mean a lot if you gave me a follow. I am @andreasbookishthoughts.

So in the month of January I read a total of 7 books which is a lot more than I thought I would especially since I have midterms this month. One of the books was an audio book reread.

The Hobbit
So the first book I read in 2018 is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolken which I gave 4/5 stars. Starting off the year strong. I really enjoyed this book. The Hobbit is the prequel to The Lord of The Rings trilogy which I have read before this book and to be honest I don't think it is necessary to read The Hobbit First but I think you should though. I would also like to say I did watch the movie first, but I still enjoyed the book more. The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with the Dwarves and Gandalf. We also learn how Bilbo discovered the ring. Definitely an enjoyable read and I am glad I finally read it.

Poison Study (Study, #1)
The next book I read in the month of January is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I really enjoyed this book as well. Poison Study is a back list book that is still pretty popular as I have seen it mentioned here and there. I finally picked it up after having it on my TBR shelf on Goodreads since 2015 and I can't believe it took me so long to pick it up and I did add the next two books to my TBR shelf on GR. Poison Study follows a girl name Yelena who murdered someone and is next in line to be executed. Instead of being executed she is offered a position to become the Commander's poison tester. She takes the position and things happen. I won't say too much because going into the book only knowing the bare minimum about it helped me enjoy this book more. I also shipped the two main characters a lot. That is all I am saying. Definitely recommend it.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)
Another book I read in the month of January is The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine which I gave  2.5/5 stars. I didn't hate it. I did enjoy the book but I was not impressed by it. To me it was just average. In fact I won't lie, I don't remember a lot about it. What I do remember is that it is a Snow White retelling and there are people who can shape shift into dragons. The main character is also trying to take back her throne. It was a generic fantasy. The Shadow Queen did remind me a lot of the earlier seasons of Once Upon A Time which I did like more than this book. I will repeat myself. It was not bad. I enjoyed the story and it was entertaining it just didn't wow me. 

The Circle
The next book I read is also a 2.5 star read and that is The Circle by Dave Eggars. The Circle is my school's book club pick for the month of January. I did not hate it. Just nothing happened. At all. It over described things and I did not like the main character. The story was very eye opening though as we can see how our society could possibly become something like this in the future and it is kind of scary. The Circle follows a girl name Mae and she is hired to work at The Circle and we basically follow her work day and see how The Circle evolves and becomes more powerful in a way. If you want to read it I would say go for it because it shows you how technology is starting to take over our lives.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Another book I read was a reread and I listened to it on audio and that is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which I gave 5/5 stars. The Goblet of Fire is my favorite book in the Harry Potter series and I really enjoyed rereading it in a different format. I am not the biggest fan of audiobooks but the Harry Potter ones are amazing. This is the fourth book in the series and it follows Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts. I am not saying much other than it is amazing and you should read the series. 

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
The last book I read in January is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins which I gave a 4/5 stars. I surprisingly really enjoyed this book. The reason why I picked it up is because The Becoming of Noah Shaw has been floating around and I wanted to know what the hype for this series was. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer follows a girl name Mara Dyer and she wakes up in the hospital not knowing what happened. She was apparently in an accident with a few of her friends and she is the only one that made it out alive and has no memory of it. This book has an unreliable narrator which made me enjoy the story more as I wanted to know what was true and what was not. Overall do recommend it however I am not sure whether or not I will be continuing with this series due to the fact I heard the third one and Noah Shaw isn't that great.

So those are all the books I read in the month of January and onto my February TBR

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)I have already read this book this month. I will give you my thoughts on it in my review and my February Wrap-Up. I did enjoy it. I liked the first book but it wasn't great but I heard that the series gets better so I wanted to give this book a chance and I thought I would enjoy it more and spoiler alert, I did enjoy this one a lot more than the second one.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)
The next book is the one I am currently reading and that is The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson. I think this book has to do with some sort of competition but I honestly have no idea what it is about. I just saw it at my local library and it looked like a fantasy and has a high rating on Goodreads so why not read it.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)The next book I want to read is a reread and that is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare which is the first book in The Infernal Devices trilogy. The reason why I want to reread it is because I want to reread all the shadowhunter books this year in preparation for the release of Queen of Air and Darkness at the end of the year. I love this series so much and am excited to give it a reread. Clockwork Angel is a historical paranormal book which has a love triangle, but it is done right so it doesn't bother me at all. I usually am not a fan of them so if I do like one, than it is probably done very well.

Love, Hate & Other FiltersAnother book on my TBR this month is Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmend. This is a contemporary own voices book following a Muslim teen whose parents want her to be the perfect Indian daughter but she wants to follow her own dreams instead and go to film school. I think (don't quote me) there was a terrorist attack and the attacker has the same last name as her and people treat her differently even though she is not related to him or knows him in any way. This book sounds so good and I heard great things about it so far and it is one of my 2018 most anticipated releases.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)
If I have time the final book I want to read this month is ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas. I read the first two books in this trilogy (ish) last year and I thought the first one was okay, but really enjoyed the second one. I am excited to continue on and read the conclusion. I am aware of the problematic issues in this book and will keep and eye out for it as well. I am so excited to hopefully read the finale (ish) this month and finally say I have read ACOWAR.

So that is my February TBR. I hope you enjoyed this post. What was your favorite read in January and what are you most excited to read this month? Thank you for reading and I hope to see you soon!

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