January has flown by, and it certainly was a busy month! However, I’ve managed to get through nearly every single new release I had on my TBR and it has been a great start to my reading year!
Books I Read in January 2019
(links lead to reviews)
Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen McManus ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ )
The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 )
The Vanishing Stair – Maureen Johnson ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ )
Circle of Shadows – Evelyn Skye ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) – Leigh Bardugo ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 )
The Iliad – Gareth Hinds (ARC) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3)- Sabaa Tahir ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 )
Ash Princess (Ash Princess #1) – Laura Sebastian ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 )
The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3) – Brittany Cavallaro ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 )
The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) – Emily R. King ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 )
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas ( ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ )
Other posts & reviews this month
And as promised, here are my reading challenge updates:
1. Beat the Backlist: This month, I read 4 books from my backlist, one of them just in time to read the sequel which releases next week! I’m also going to try the backlist bingo for this challenge, so look out for that in my next wrap up.
2. Year of Epic Reads: I’ve decided to go with both the monthly and quarterly challenges for this one. (The weekly would play havoc with my personal reading schedule although it does have some really interesting prompts.)
- Challenge of the Month: FIRST IMPRESSIONS!
If you read one book this month, make it a judgment call. For January, we want you to break the cardinal rule of reading—judging a book by its cover. It doesn’t have to be the art, necessarily. But we want you to read something that caught your eye, whether for its colors, tagline, or style.
Chosen Book: The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi
To be very honest, I was not all that fond of Chokshi’s earlier novel, The Star-Touched Queen, which made me more than hesitant to try this. But after seeing this beautiful cover, not to mention the synopsis, it was just too tempting to pass up. It was definitely a good decision as I really enjoyed this book! Check out my full review here!
Stats for the Month
Number of Books: 11
Number of Pages: 4,456
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 11/100
Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!