January Wrap-Up

Hello, welcome back, good morning, wherever you may be, I hope the day is treating you well! In true January fashion, it’s been six years, but the month is finally coming to a close. As predicted, I had a great reading month; I finished 9 books/short stories this month, a new personal best that I’m honestly so proud of. If you read my January TBR post, you’ll realize that I didn’t quite stick to the plan… but anything that didn’t get finished this month is getting moved to my February TBR, so I’ve still got my eye on all of those! Without further ado, let’s just get right into it!

1. Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) by Maggie Stiefvater >> 4.5/5 stars

I think we’ve established that The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is my current favorite series of all time. It stole my heart out of the blue and, of course, I re-read it immediately after finishing the series for the first time. I started 2020 by re-reading Opal. I have zero regrets.

2. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater >> 5/5 stars

I finished my re-read of The Raven Cycle on the first day of January, and I’m thanking it for my great reading month. I know it has flaws, but I love this series *so much*, I just can’t explain it.

3. Six of Crows >> 5/5 stars and,

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo >> 5/5 stars

It took FOREVER for me to finish these books, but I finally did it, and I love them. Spoiler-free review here if you’re interested!

5. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover >> 4.5/5 stars

I picked this up for some “easy” reading to break up all of the fantasy I had been reading, not expecting to love it, but I really ended up loving it and I’ve recommended it to several people since.

6. Verity by Colleen Hoover >> 4/5 stars

After finishing Regretting You, I realized I had another of Hoover’s books on my shelf, and I thought why not? I don’t read a ton of thrillers, but this one was interesting enough that I finished it in a day.

7. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand >> 2.5/5 stars

I don’t have much to say about this one, other than it was okay; I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, and it was quick enough of a read that I finished it easily. The more I reflect on my reading of this book, I think my main complaint is that this books was trying to do too much, which is sad because I felt like the plot had so much more potential.

8. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell >> 4/5 stars

As the month drew to a close, I decided to throw in a couple short stories to fulfill my reading itch without committing to an entire book. This one was pretty short and held my interest, which I liked. I’ll leave a link here if you wan to check it out for yourself!

9. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson >> 5/5 stars

This is my second or third time reading this short story, and it gives me the same creepy chills every single time. If you’re a fan of short stories and you haven’t read this one, I highly recommend it!

I know there are still a couple of days in January left, but I’m going to go ahead and call it at 9 books and give my brain a little rest to prepare for my February TBR. I can’t believe I managed to read so much this month, but I’m happy regardless. If you’d like to share your books read this month, leave me a comment, and until next time, happy reading!

-H.

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