January Wrap-Up

I am not one for cliches, but where did the time go? I can`t be the only one that feels that this month went past extremely fast. One month of 2017 and I`m still broke, fat and tired. I should probably stop the direction of this post before it takes away my last shred of enthusiasm (and dignity). So let`s get back to books. In January I have read 5 books and I am quite happy with that, considering my Goodreads goal is 50. However, while I have the quantity, this month certainly missed the quality. The year started out with a bang, but then it went downhill and the last book that I read got 1 star. And that says a lot, considering I gave even "Twilight" 2 bloody stars.

The first book that I`ve read was "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. This will probably end up on my Favourite Books of 2017 list and I could go on and on about the many reasons why I love this novel. Ness` writing style is incredibly beautiful and poetic. The story is tragic and heartbreaking, and it stays with you long after you finished the book. At the core, it`s the sad story of Connor O`Malley, whose mum is dying from cancer. And somehow, it`s about more than that: it`s about pain and loss and eventually moving on. For a full synopsis read my review here. (5 out of 5 stars)

I am happy to announce that I have finished my first Jane Austen novel. And please don`t hate me when I say that while I liked "Pride and Prejudice", I have not loved it. I enjoyed the writing style and the witty characters she created, particularly Mr Bennet. But I like a bit of drama with my classics and I did not have that with this book. Nevertheless, an excellent study of characters. (4 out of 5 stars)

The next book that I picked up was "Finding Audrey" by Sophie Kinsella. This is the story of Audrey, who suffers from a severe case of anxiety that disrupts her whole life. When she meets Linus, they form an instant connection and she soon falls in love with him. While I enjoyed some parts, I was not a fan of how rapidly things between Audrey and Linus evolved. It sent a wrong message and I was not ok with that. I gave this book 3 stars and if you want to find out more, here`s my review.

Because I am a masochist, I picked up another YA book and it was one of the worst books that I`ve read in my entire life. The book in question is "I Was Here" by Gayle Forman. When I read the synopsis, I fought I will read a compelling story about mental illness and the signals we sometimes miss. Instead, I found a pseudo-mystery and the worst love story, between the most obnoxious characters. I did not enjoy this book at all and I gave it 1 star on Goodreads.

The last book that I read was "To Be Or Not To Be" by Liz Evers. This is great if you`re new to Shakespeare and you want the essential information. It has everything from play synopsises to a list of quotes and characters. However I was expecting a bit more from this book and in the end, I gave 3 out of 5 stars.

Like I said, it was quite a mediocre months, but luckily there are some great novels on my February TBR. Let me know in the comments what books you`ve read this month!

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