My first wrap-up in a while, and it’s a bit of mixed one. A lot of the books I read this month, I found to be a little disappointing — but two of them saved this month by being really great reads. I also added even more books to my TBR which is… always both a good thing, and absolutely not a good thing.
I also decided to get back into blogging right at the end of the month, which has made for an embarrassingly low number of posts, but at least it’ll be very easy to improve on next month!
Anyway, you can see the details of all of this below!
What I Read
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The cover and synopsis for My Sister, the Serial Killer had me hooked immediately. This book was a really quick read, owing both to its small page count and short chapters. The writing was darkly humorous and satirical in a lot of places, but I felt that its sparseness often left me wanting more. I finished this book feeling that, although it was fairly enjoyable and I finished it in one sitting, it’ll be one of those that I’ll have forgotten about entirely in a few months — which is a shame, as I really expected more from it.
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
I’d picked up The Night Swim after seeing a few people I follow on Goodreads rating it highly. Unfortunately, a few things about it didn’t quite work for me, and I finished it feeling pretty disappointed. You can find the short review I wrote on The Night Swim here.
The Burning God by R.F. Kuang
I’ll be posting a full review of The Burning God later this week, but all I have to say at the moment is: if I didn’t think I needed therapy before reading this series, I absolutely do now.
The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz
The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep was a free e-ARC provided by NetGalley and Wednesday Books. Although the synopsis for this one sounded great, and it started really strong, the execution of this novel overall was quite lacking, and this negatively impacted my reading experience quite significantly in the end. You can read my short review of this novel here.
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
I’ll be posting a full review of this title closer to its publication date in February, but Amelia Unabridged was a sweet and heart-warming debut that was perfect for curling up and reading with a blanket and a big cup of tea. I really enjoyed this one, and am looking forward to Schumacher’s future titles.
What I Bought/Added to NetGalley
What I Posted
Clearly making the time to start posting again right at the end of the month wasn’t my best idea…
Goodreads Challenge Progress
My Goodreads goal was smaller than usual this year, as I didn’t expect to get much reading done while finishing off my Masters’. However, I’ve so far read 34/20 books (170% of my goal) which I’m really happy with. I’m now aiming to read 40 by the end of the year.
Next month, I’m hoping to read a few more books than I managed this month. I’ll be starting my ACOTAR re-read in anticipation of Nesta’s book being released in February, and I’m hoping to read a few books that have been on my TBR way longer than they should have!
Thanks for reading! x