So, the year didn’t get off to the greatest start. So far this year I’ve DNFed four books and given four 2 stars. I have, however, found a new favourite and reread some old favourites.
This month I took part in 2 readathons, the Biannual Bibliothon and the 24in48 readathon. So I’m going to wrap those up in this post as well.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
What better way to start a year off than by rereading Harry Potter. This one is one of my favourites.
Winter In Madrid by C.J. Sansom – 24/100 **
I wanted to read this because I bought it randomly a few years ago and the premise is so intriguing. A soldier turned spy for the British government in WWII? How cool does that sound? Unfortunately this book is anything but intriguing. It barely kept my attention and I’m struggling to remember what even happened in the story.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – 94/100 *****
Remember when I told you I’d found a new favourite? This is it. I’ve done a full review of this which you can find here: Eleanor Oliphant Review.
Fantastic Beasts: Illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill 90/100 *****
I’ve never completely loved these Hogwarts Library books. They’re a fun edition to the HP universe (although I could do without the movie) and they are interesting. But this new illustrated edition brought that book to life for me. The artwork is absolutely beautiful. I gave it 5 stars for the illustrations.
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale – 35/100 **
I got this one from Netgalley to review. I requested it because it sounded to intriguing but I was disappointed. Here’s my review: The Toymakers Review.
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi 70/100 ****
Slowly making my way through the reread of this series so I’m ready to read the next book when it comes out. I like this series a little less than I remember but I’m still enjoying them.
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte – 65/100 ***
This books started off so strong for me and I don’t have any issues with it. But it does turn into a very generic plot that I’ve read so many times now.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – 50/100 ***
This used to be a favourite book. But not anymore. I don’t remember the main character being so annoying and ungrateful. I don’t remember the romance being so frustrating and the love interest being so stupid. It’s weird how much my opinion on this book has changed.
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 34/100 **
Bit of a weird one this one. Basically, I didn’t see what all the fuss is about. I’ve read far better dystopians than this one and yet there’s so much praise for it.
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – 32/100 **
I have such strange feelings about this book. I’m a huge fan of Samantha Shannon but I just feel like this is such a filler book. Like, nothing overly significant happens in it.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: I read about 80 pages of this and just didn’t care about the world of the characters.
Winter by Ali Smith: I didn’t get this book like I did with autumn, and if I can’t understand a book, I can’t enjoy it.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: I thought Donna Tartt would become a favourite author, but so far it’s not looking good.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherin Arden: This is so hyped, but I don’t get it.
I’m really hoping February is a better month. I have some exciting books lined up.
Thanks for reading,