Wrap Up | January 2020

Yesterday we showed you the books we added to our collections in the first month of this year. Of course, we also started reading. What did we read in January? Is our reading year off to a good start? Let’s find out in our January wrap up!

Candyce

My reading is starting off pretty good this year. In January I read a total of 21 books! I’m really hoping to keep this going throughout the year. There were a couple of books I didn’t enjoy as much, but all in all, January was a good reading month. Even though I was really bad at writing reviews this month. Let’s take a look at what I read!

Torn & Tattered – Brooke O’Brien

As you saw in our bookhaul yesterday, this author kindly sent me her books. I’ve read most of them, but this duet was new to me. I loved them both and wished they were both longer!

The Return – Jennifer L. Armentrout

After loving the Convenant series, I was relaly excited about her spinoff series. I finally read the first book with a friend. Why did I wait so long to read this series?!? It’s so much fun. As I’mtyping this, I’m almost done with the second book.

Blood Heir – Amelie Wen Zhao

This book got a lot of attention before its release and I really don’t understand the issues with it. I enjoyed the story and will definitely be reading the sequel when it releases later this year!

The Kingdom of Copper – S.A. Chakraborty

I actually started this book in 2019, but wasn’t able to finish it before the end of the year. This author created a really interesting world with interesting characters. I have to say this story played out a bit differently than I expected, so I’m happy that I waited a bit longer to read this. The third and final book will be available in June and I’mreally excited.

The Bridesmaid & Her Surprise Love – Kayla Tirrell & Daphne James Huff

This is the third and final book in the Wedding Games trilogy and was a lot of fun.These two authors haven’t disappointed me once. I loved the characters and seeing how everything all played out. I wouldn’t complain if we got to see more about a few of the characters in this trilogy!

Through Blood, Through Fire – Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman

It took me ages, but I finally finished all the short stories published in Ghosts of the Shadow Market. I loved reading about all of the characters I’ve come to love in the Shadowhunter world. This makes me even more excited for the release of Chain of Gold in March!

Squad Goals: Promised by Prom – Jessica Bucher & M.F. Lorson

If you’re looking for a fast and fun contemporary trilogy, I definitely recommend Squad Goals. Out of all three, I have to say that Promised by Prom was my favorite. This was a feelgood book and I’m happy with how this trilogy ended.

Always Mine – Kennedy Fox

This is the third duet in the roommate duets and Kennedy Fox knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. Liam and Maddie are characters I’ve come to love while reading the previous duets and they finally get their own story. I’m anxiously awaiting the second book in this duology.

Warrior Blue – Kelsey Kingsley

January was filled with some amazing books, but I think Warrior Blue was my favorite. I’ve said this many times before, but Kelsey Kingsley truly has a way with words. Warrior Blue hit me in all the feels and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished the last page.

Sex & Other Shiny Objects – Lauren Blakely

The title of this book still makes me laugh, but the story was so much fun! A great friends to lovers romance with a lot of humor. And if you’re curious if some of the romantic scenes in romances are realistic, read this book to find out!

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza – Shaun David Hutchinson

A friend of mine read this last year and was a big fan of it! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to read, but it sounded good. After finishing this book, I can say I enjoyed the story and characters, even though I’m still not really sure what I read. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza is definitely unique!

The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

The Red Scrolls of Magic is a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. Unfortunately, I really am not a fan of that cover. So when I saw I could listen to the audibook, I didn’t hesitate. Alec and Magnus are favorites of mine and I loved this book. I recently saw the covers for the paperbacks and I like that one, so it will be getting added to my shelf.

Finding Mr. Better-Than-You – Shani Petroff

I’m definitely a fan of Shani Petroff. She writes contemporary books that I’ve loved! Finding Mr. Better-Than-You was a fun read, but not my favorite unfortunately. Not much really happened and I don’t know, just didn’t completely work for me.

Crossing the Line – Kendall Ryan

Crossing the Line is the next book in the Hot Jocks series and it was a lot of fun. I read it in one sitting. The characters in this one were my favorite, but the story went too easy I guess? I needed just a bit more.

Riven Knight – Devney Perry

Gypsy King left me wanting more of that world and characters and Riven Knight gave me everything I wanted. I didn’t quite get certain events near the end, but all in all, an amazing book! I can’t wait for the third book.

Praying for Rain & Fighting for Rain – B.B. Easton

When I first read about this trilogy, I was really interested in the concept. After reading the first book, I had some doubts, but Praying for Rain was an okay read. Fighting for Rain was next and that’s where things got weird. I enjoyed the concept of the story, but for me it was too focused on the love drama when the world is ending. I needed more balance.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

This is a trilogy I read awhile ago, but I thought it was time for a reread before the second movie is put on Netflix. I loved it just as much the first time around. As I’m typing this, I’ve already started the second book.

Rock Star, Unbroken – S.M.Shade

Rock Star, Interrupted was an interesting and emotional start to this duology, so I was glad to get my hands on Rock Star, Unbroken. It started right where the first book left off and once again it gave me all the feels. I’m happy with how this duology ended and it’s a good rockstar romance.

Kingdom of Spirits – Nina Walker

I really enjoyed Crown of Dragons and was excited when I got an ARC of Kingdom of Spirits. This was another fun adventure. I wish we would’ve gotten a bit more background than we did, but I’m curious to see where the third book will go!

Isabelle

I didn’t start the year out that great unfortunately. The first couple of days of January were good but I hardly read something after that. I did read a couple of graphic novels and manga to art least finish a couple of reads 😉 In the end I read 10 books this month. Not too bad I guess! Let’s take a look at those books I read.

Season of the Witch – Sarah Rees Brennan

I listened to the audiobook for this one and really enjoyed it. It’s such a nice addition to the tv show! This was the kind of story I was hoping for with the Riverdale books. I also really want to check out more of Sarah Rees Brennan’s book now.

Fence vol 3 – C.S. Pacat

I saved this one as one of my first reads of the year because I knew it was going to be a five star read. And I was right! I loved it and I can’t wait to read the next volume. Definitely one of my favorite graphic novels series.

Saga vol 6 – 9 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

And another favorite graphic novel series! I’m completely up to date now and O M G!! What an ending. I truly hope the authors are coming back to this series soon because I need to know how it will continue.

The Hand on the Wall – Maureen Johnson

I finished my first series of the year! So proud haha. I was expecting a lot from this one, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the reveal of the mystery. Still a really fun series!

Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire

This might’ve been my favorite installment in the series! Jack was my favorite character from the moment I started this series and I’m happy she was our main character in this one. It’s amazing how Seanan can write such a great story in only 200 pages.

Witch Hat Atelier 2 & 3 – Kamome Shirahama

This is one of my favorite manga series! I have one more volume on my shelf and will probably read that this week. The magic is wonderful and I love the characters. Would highly recommend this series!

So those are the book we read this month! If you’ve read any of these, we’d love to know what you thought in the comments! What was your favorite January read?

7 thoughts on “Wrap Up | January 2020

  1. Awesome wrap up!! I am so gladyou enjoyed Blood Heir! I can’t wait for the sequel,!! I hope you have a lot of great reads this month!! 💜😊

  2. 21 books, that’s amazing! Great wrap up, I haven’t read Gypsy King yet but I really, really have to order it. I’m very curious about Blood Heir, apparently it is a very polarizing book.
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  3. Looks like you both had a really good month. I was curious about Season of the Witch glad to know it ties in with the series. I almost request an arc of Kingdom of Spirits and it’s first book. But wasn’t sure I would have the time. Glad to know you liked it, I’ll look into getting them both.

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