My January in books

I am one of those people who never leaves the house without a book in my bag. I should probably be grateful to the invention of the e-reader for significantly reducing the weight on my shoulder. However, I still prefer traditional books. (If I'm honest, I do like my nook for its convenience, but I don't enjoy reading on it as much. Why can't it count pages normally? I hate that pg three can last two or three clicks/page turns.)

Anyway, regardless of form, I love to read! This month I somehow managed to read eight books. I started keeping track of how much I read with a goodreads account a couple years ago. I like that it's an easy way for me to go back and see what I read in a year and what I liked/disliked. I also enjoy doing the annual reading challenge. Although I tend to just type in 50 as a sort of minimum to reach. This month didn't see any major disappointments, just a couple slight ones.

  1. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield - This is one of those books where not a great deal happens, but the way it is written keeps you from abandoning it. (4/5)
  2.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I feel like I'm one of the last to read it, but either way I enjoyed it. (4/5)
  3. Viper's Creed by T.L. Shreffler - If fantasy series are a genre you like, definitely check this one out. They are hard to put down. (4/5)
  4. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner - I weirdly love the Maze Runner series by Dashner, so I was excited to see he had another book out. I can't even explain why I like his books, I just do. (4/5)
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I LOVED this book so much! I felt like the main character was someone many of us can relate to. I was probably more attached to the characters in this book than I should have been, and I was sad to see it end. (5/5)
  6. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs - The plot is okay, it's nothing tremendously special. It is the use of the vintage photos that makes this series stand out (in my opinion), and I would be lying if I didn't admit that's why I read them. (3/5)
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Rowell has a way of bringing dark material in without sacrificing the strength of her characters. You care about them and what happens to them. (5/5)
  8. Watermelon by Marian Keyes - Keyes was my Mum's favourite author, and I've now read a number of her books. This one disappointed me, I was a bit fed up with Claire (our narrator and protagonist) for the majority of the book. (2/5)
I'm currently reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and will probably read either Looking for Alaska (John Green), or 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami), after. 
So, what are you reading right now?


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