The first month of the year was actually a quite good reading month. I managed to read quite some books, but I unfortunately managed to DNF some books as well. However, I can be satisfied with my reading in January. So, let’s take a look!
The numbered books are counting for my challenges, the books I reread or DNF’ed are not.
For my reading challenge
- Clockwork princess by Cassandra Clare. My first book of the year and I immediately had a good read in my hands. In my opinion, this is the best book of the whole series. 5 stars.
- Birthday by Meredith Russo. I wanted to read this book since last year, but I just didn’t get to it. I am not able to judge the representation since I’m not an #ownvoices reader, but for me the struggles Morgan was facing became clear. 4 stars.
- The giver of stars by Jojo Moyes. I had 2 buddyreading projects running with this book and honestly I was quite happy with that. I wanted to read this book for a few months now, but I know myself and this book would have been sitting on my TBR for ages otherwise. It was a good read which left me amazed about the poverty in Kentucky at that time (1937) and that that same region is still very poor (stated in the author’s note). However, the story itsself won’t stick with me forever. 3.5 stars.
- Hou me vast zoals ik was by Gaby Rasters. A Dutch book about a woman getting diagnosed with breast cancer. This book is based on the fight of one of the author’s friends and therefore the story is able to show the struggles cancer survivors are facing and how close a relapse can be. Unfortunately, the main character lost her battle with cancer – that’s not a spoiler as it’s in the synopsis of the book -, so did the woman this book was inspired by. Trigger warnings: death of a loved one, cancer. 4 stars.
- Truth or dance by Chinouk Thijssen. Another Dutch book by a Dutch author. I finally started this trilogy and I really have no clue who Truth or dance is yet and therefore who sends these girls all those nasty truth or dare messages. I really want to find out soon. 4 stars.
- Verity by Colleen Hoover. One of the few books I actually reviewed this month. This book is one big trigger warning from start to finish, so if your mental health is unstable I wouldn’t recommend you to read this book. However, I didn’t find this a really strong thriller with little suspense, so 3.5 stars it is.
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I heard so much about this book for a very long time already, but I never picked it up. Well, I rated it 5 stars.
- The bear and the nightingale by Katherine Arden. This book felt like a book that is building up to the rest of the series. I liked it, but I heard many good things about the sequels. I will definitely read those. 3.5 stars.
- You asked for perfect by Laura Silverman. A book with a very diverse cast, but a book I couldn’t identify with really. This has nothing to do with the diversity, but with the really different school system we have here in the Netherlands. It’s much less competitive than the American system and we don’t have such things as valedictorian and scholarships. 3 stars.
- Dirty little secrets by Jo Spain. A book for fans of Liane Moriarty‘s Big Little Lies. Well, I liked that book much and much better. Dirty little secrets was just plain boring and not interesting at all. 2 stars.
- Supernova by Marissa Meyer. What can I say? 5 stars.
Not for my challenge
- Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi. Reread, 4 stars.
- Ignite me by Tahereh Mafi. Reread, 5 stars.
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I really liked the other books, but not this one. DNF.
- Nocturna by Maya Motayne. I really bad copy of V. E. Schwab‘s A darker shade of magic, DNF.
- We hunt the flame by Hafsah Faizal. Super boring, DNF.
This was my January in books, how was yours?