I did promise you a wrap-up in my previous Saturday post and here it is! This a great way to look back on the month you’ve had and plan for the one ahead. As always, I like to keep my content original and also benefit my readers, so I’m going to be doing a quick recap of how the month went for me reading-wise, what I’m going to try and achieve in February as well as talk about my most anticipated releases so you can add some (or all) of them to your TBR. Excited? Then without further ado, let’s talk books!
I read a total of 5 books according to Goodreads, whereas it was really 4 books and a short story. I started a new series by a new-to-me author, Victoria Schwab, and A Darker Shade of Magic was my first read of the year. I followed it up with A Gathering of Shadows and I’m currently reading the conclusion, A Conjuring of Light. I feel like I’m the last person to have started with V. E. Schwab’s books and I’m happy to report I really enjoyed these two books, the first more than the second.
After finishing the first book though, I took a break from fantasy and read It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne. I was introduced to this author by Lia from Lost in a Story, who read a reviews a slew of her books. (Thanks, Lia!) I was looking for some fun contemporary with romance in it and this is what I decided to pick up. I made a batch of popcorn one evening and finished the book in one sitting. It wasn’t the perfect feel-good book that I was craving for, but I did love the book and how the author handled the topic of ideal versus real romance.
Then it was time for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon of 2018, which was a lot of fun, plus I got a good amount of reading done. You can find more about the read-a-thon in my TBR post and about my experience in my wrap-up post. In summary, all of the books were either 4 or 5 star reads for me, so I had a pretty good reading month. However, I was inconsistent with my reading, by which I mean I read sporadically and not regularly. I feel like I’m slumping but also not. It’s been a little weird and I’m still trying to work out a regular schedule that includes work, blogging, reading and having a social life, so I know it’ll get better as time passes.
- 1 book ahead of schedule for my Goodreads challenge at the end of January
- Joined 3 different blogging groups – for international bloggers, for new bloggers and for older bloggers who still read YA
- Made tons of new blogging friends
- New favourite author on Twitter – Gloria Chao
- Almost hit 900 views in January
- Received 500 total likes on the blog (counted from its inception)
- Successfully completed my first Bookstagram photo challenge
- Ilsa made a list of the most anticipated releases of 2018 and it has pretty much every book on my radar this year
- Nick reviewed City of Ashes and I’m so glad someone shares my opinion
- Avalinah started a series called ‘#NewBloggers 101’ and the first one talks about when to start requesting ARCs, which was a huge morale booster for me (I highly recommend checking out the entire series)
- Simant reviewed The Marriage Pact and it is the best review I’ve ever laid my eyes on
- Lia talks about the books she’d change her opinion on if she re-read them now and it is a thought-provoking read
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (February 6th) – talks about a Taiwanese-American girl figuring out how to strike a balance between familial expectations and her own desires
- Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (February 6th) – tells the story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall, a new series set in the beloved Tortall universe created by a legend in fantasy literature
- The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King (February 13th) – the third instalment in The Hundredth Queen series following Kalinda who has fire magic running through her veins, set in a fantasy world inspired by Indian culture
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (February 13th) – one of the most anticipated releases of the year, it follows Camellia who aspires to be the favoured Belle of the royalty in a world where people are born plain and only the Belles can bestow beauty
- Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (February 27th) – an Anastasia retelling set in space inspired by Firefly
- A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (February 27th) – follows a girl labelled the ‘troublemaker’ and tackles issues of race, identity, class, and religion
- The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta (February 27th) – featuring an ordinary girl, Kiranmala, who has no idea that she is a real Indian princess until one day she’s swept into a magic-filled alternate dimension
I’ve started on three books simultaneously already – A Conjuring of Light (as mentioned before), The Silmarillion and The Fandom. The second book has been on my TBR for quite a while now and I’m finally getting around to it! This is a buddy read with the wonderful Jenna from Falling Letters and the first buddy read I’m attempting. We’re going to be taking this slowly, so I don’t have plans of finishing this off in February. The third is the first book club pick of the Crone Bloggers group and I’ve already started it.
Since I’m doing two bingo challenges this year (I talked about it in this post), here are the books I’m planning to read in February that will cross off some of the squares –
Science Fiction vs Fantasy Bingo 2018
Portal, Dystopia, Rebellion – The Fandom by Anna Day
Space, Retelling, AI – Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Asian, Alternate Reality, Demonic – The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
Asian Lit Bingo
East Asian MC, Contemporary with Asian MC, Romance with POC/Indigenous Love Interest – American Panda by Gloria Chao
West Asian MC – A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (will confirm the exact squares after I finish reading)
South Asian MC, SFF with Asian MC – The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
That turned out longer than I expected! How did January treat you? Do you have any highlights to share? What book are you most anticipating that releases in February? Let me know in the comments section below.