I didn’t really have a great start to the year in terms of reading. I was feeling a bit burnt out after reading 22 books in December to finish off my Goodreads reading challenge. I just needed a bit of a break and as a result didn’t really read as many books as I usually do. But I still managed to read 11 books and I’m happy with that for now.
My Goodreads reading goal for this year is currently set at 100. I’m anticipating that I’ll read more than that but we’ll see how I go for now.
1. Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone
This novel features a character with OCD and I had some issues with the OCD elements in this book. My full review is linked if you’re interested in my thoughts on that. However, I thought the rest of the book was beautifully written and really sweet and, ultimately, I enjoyed the reading experience.
2. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
I really, really liked this non-fiction book. It’s a collection of essays written in the form of a letter from Ta-Nehisi Coates to his son, detailing the struggles of growing up and living as a black person in America. It’s a great book about race and violence and I found it to be impactful and poignant.
3. An Improper Ever After – Nadia Lee
This is the third part and conclusion to Elliot and Annabelle’s story that started with An Improper Bride and continued with An Improper Ever After. While I enjoyed this third installment and liked how their story ended, I’m still very disappointed with the author’s choice to split one story into three sections. I’ve said this about Nadia Lee’s recent books many times before, but it just feels like she’s trying to profit more from splitting what could be one book, into three. And this also ruins the reading experience for many readers because of the cliffhangers at the end of Books 1 and 2. Not sure that I’m going to continue to read her books if she continues to do this.
4. Wayfarer – Alexandra Bracken
Wayfarer is the sequel to Passenger and I absolutely loved it. I loved being reunited with Nicholas and Etta, and learning about new characters as well. I did have a bit of confusion as I was reading the book but I loved how the duology wrapped up and thought it was a great novel.
5. Windwitch – Susan Dennard
Windwitch is the sequel to Truthwitch and I liked them both equally. Windwitch is a little bit less action-packed and is more character-driven, which I didn’t really mind. At times, I wished there was a bit more plot but the character development that we saw in this sequel was absolutely brilliant.
6. Us – Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Us is a sequel to Him, but could probably be read as a standalone. I really loved Him and didn’t think Us was as good, but I still really enjoyed my read of the novel and being reunited with the characters again.
7. Freeks – Amanda Hocking
I am part of the blog tour for this novel and my post, along with a short Q&A will be up on the blog on Sunday. It’s a slightly creepy and eerie carnival story and I thought it was a fast-paced and thrilling read. There were some parts that I wasn’t a big fan of, especially the way that the book ended, but I still thought it was a great read.
8. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
This is a Beauty and the Beast-inspired story and I found it to be kind of disappointing. I found a lot of it to be very confusing and lacking in plot and I was not a fan of the main character. There was also a strange love triangle going on in the book that I found to be frustrating and, as a whole, I just wasn’t very impressed with Cruel Beauty.
9. Crimson Bound – Rosamund Hodge
Crimson Bound is a standalone novel that is loosely inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, and I enjoyed it slightly more than Cruel Beauty. However, most of the problems that I had with Cruel Beauty, I also had with this book. The story felt very dragged out and I absolutely hated the love triangle in this book. I did like the main character but found her to be frustrating at times too.
10. The Billionaire’s Holiday Bride – Nadia Lee
This is a novella that should be read after five books in The Pryce Family series. It allows readers to be reunited with the five couples from the books in the series, but also develops the backstory and romance of a different couple from the series at the same time. I really enjoyed it and it brought a smile to my face.
11. Lisette’s Paris Notebook – Catherine Bateson
I was not very impressed with this contemporary novel at all. It sounded like a really cute and fluffy story but I found it to be extremely dull and it lacked substance and plot. The main character was frustrating to read about and I found the characters and the writing to be lacklustre.
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Totally agree with you about Freeks – the most part I really enjoyed it. But, then there were things here and there that weren’t my cup of tea. Also agree with you about Lisette’s Paris Notebook.
I’ve just bought Him, so cannot wait to start reading!
Thanks for the post.
I still can’t believe you read 22 books in December! Thats so crazy, and 11 is still heaps!! I only read 5 in January, and I thought I read fast.
I read your blog almost religiously, thanks so much for all these recommendations (of what to read or not)
Rosamund Hodge’s books have been on my TBR forever, but somehow I am not feeling them anymore. I am usually quite the fan of retellings, but I just don’t know. I keep hearing that people were disappointed or that it was only mediocre and now I am reconsidering. Anyway, 11 books is AWESOME! The most I’ve ever read in a month is 9, so I think you did a stellar job!!!
Looks like you had a great month Jenna! I’m glad you liked Wayfarer and Windwitch, as these are two books I’m really looking forward to reading!
Between The World and Me sounds really interesting. I really really love reading personal essays these days.
You still had a wonderful reading month, Jenna! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the second book in the Passenger duology, maybe I need to add that on my TBR now ahah 🙂
I really need to get my hands on Rosamund Hodge’s books. I’ve read mixed reviews about them. This year I will finally get around to reading Truthwitch! It seems everyone is loving Windwitch. Not to mention Passenger and Wayfarer. So many books to read! 11 books is a great start to the new year!
11 books is still really good, woo! ❤ And I'm glad that you enjoyed both Wayfarer and Windwitch, two sequels that I've been meaning to read. I liked Passenger and Truthwitch when I read them last year and I'm hoping the sequels will be just as good, or even better haha. 🙂
11 books is still impressive as hell. I don’t think I’ve ever read that many books in a month haha. I’ve just bought my copy of Wayfarer so hopefully this slump can take a hike soon so I can enjoy it.
I really enjoyed Windwitch as well! Can’t wait for the next two books, as Iseult and Aeduan are my favourite characters, I hope the series will only get better! I wasn’t a big fan of Passenger, so I probably skip Wayfarer. I do really want to read Between the World and Me, it sounds amazing!
This is what happens when you read 22 in a row. Lol. I hope you’ll find your reading spirit again, Jenna. Though 11 is still an impressive number..