Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s January wasn’t too taxing, I know that January feels like the month that goes on for ever (I swear how is it only just February, it felt like January was a whole year on it’s own) but it’s over now and hopefully we all had good ones! For those of you who are new to my blog, the #RockMyTBR challenge is a challenge set up by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveller in 2016, that I’ve kind of co-opted for myself over the last few years. She challenged us to take a list of backlist books that we wanted to read and knock them off over the course of the year, with the aim of knocking books off our TBRs (and immediately replacing them with more, but let’s not talk about that). My aim is to read one book from the list of 12 for each month of the year, so that by December, I will have read them all. January was pretty decent, I read 3 books book this month and here they are:
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo:
My first #RockMyTBR book of the year, and first book of 2019 overall in fact! I started it on 1st January and finished it on the 13th, so it took just under two weeks to read. I really enjoyed this one, it still suffered from some pacing issues, but I loved all the new characters, especially Nikolai! Here is my review of it:
Enchantee by Gita Trelease:
This was one of my most anticipated debuts for 2019 and it blew all of my expectations out the water! It was delightfully magical, surprisingly dark and just all kinds of amazing, I was completely swept up in the story and I loved the sister relationship that was at the centre of it all. This was my first five star read of the year and is going to be so tough to beat. I read it from 30th December-17th January. No review yet, as it doesn’t pub in the UK until the week after next.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo:
I wanted to finish the Grisha trilogy before King of Scars came out and I’m glad I did because I feel like I will understand what is going on much better now, but I found this last book a chore to get through, despite it only being 350 pages. The pace lagged for most of the book and the conclusion was just kind of lacklustre. I read this one from 14th-30th January. Here is my review of it:
So that’s what I read in January, here’s what I’ve got coming up this month:
Alex and Eliza-Melissa De La Cruz
My #RockMyTBR book for February. I’m about halfway through it now, and I like it, but I’m not IN LOVE with it, there are some pretty basic historical inaccuracies that kind of annoy me given that I’m a History student and the plot is kind of light but it’s enjoyable enough.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely-Brigid Kemmerer
My Netgalley read for February, I started it last month but I kind of struggled to get into it, it’s picking up more now though. I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite Beauty and The Beast retelling ever, but it’s certainly a different take on it, which I appreciate.
Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship-L.M. Elliott
My other book for February, the Hamilmonth as I’m going to see Hamilton in 15 days-yes that’s right, 15 days! I’m really excited for this one, Peggy doesn’t feature a lot in the musical so I’m interested to see what the author’s take on her and Hamilton’s friendship is.
Descendant of The Crane-Joan He
If I get A Curse So Dark and Lonely done before the end of the month, then this will be my other Netgalley read, though it’s highly likely it will probably carry over into March. I’m really excited for this one, I know the author is Chinese-American and that the book heavily draws from her culture and I’m really excited about that as it’s something different from any other fantasy I’ve read before.
I think 2019 is off to a good start, 3 books down out of my 35 book challenge is pretty good. How did everyone else’s January reading go? Let me know in the comments!