January 2015 Wrap-Up & February TBR

I know this is a few days late, but better late than never, right? So, here I’m going to talk about the books I read in January and what I didn’t finish from my January TBR that I talked about a while ago.

So the books I read are:

  • This Shattered World” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This was one of my favorite reads last month and a great way to start the year. A sci-fi adventure with romance and mystery? Great read. You can read my review here, but I did rate it 5/5 stars.
  • Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi. I thought this was very fast paced but there were a lot of things I didn’t know what to think about in this. I rated it 3.75/5 stars. You can read my review here.
  • City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. As this is the second book to The Mortal Instruments series I didn’t give a review, but I will be doing a trilogy review when I finish the third book. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. This is the first book in a fairy tale retelling quartet of books. I thought this sci-fi adventure was cool, but I had some trouble connecting with the characters. I rated this 3.75/5 stars. You can read my reivew here.

These are the books I had left on my TBR but didn’t finish and the reasons why:

  • Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes. I really like the story and the plot and everything, I do, but I was just having a really hard time trying to read this book and only got about 40% of the way through over two weeks of reading it. I’m not sure if it was a slump or what it was, but I think I’m going to put it down for now and try to pick it up in March.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling. I knew I wasn’t going to get to this book after the slump I had with “Falling Kingdoms” so I’m going to try my best to read it this month and see if I can finish it. It’s a chunky book, so we’ll see how it goes.

I really wanted to read all of those books this past month, but it just didn’t happen. So let me talk about the other things book related I did in January.

  • End of 2014 Book Survey – this was created by Perpetual Page Turner and she offered others to do the survey as well, so I participated in it!
  • #ProjectTBR and TBR Jar Challenge – well, I’m already failing the jar challenge as I didn’t read HP last month, so I’ll try to make up for it this month and also pick a new challenge. Project TBR is going okay; I’ve read four books this year so far and can’t wait to read more.
  • Most Anticipated 2015 Reads – I talk about my top five most anticipated reads. Very exciting!
  • Genre: Fantasy – I talk about the difference between high and low fantasy while also giving some examples of each. Of course, there are many more types of fantasy than those two, but it’s what I give.

Okay, now for the February TBR!

  • “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling. Going to try really hard to read this one this month so I can also cross off the TBR jar challenge for January as being completed.
  • Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch. I’m really anticipating reading this so I plan on picking it up this month. It’s about how the four seasons are at war with one another and how Winter is wiped out – or basically wiped out. It’s a fantasy YA book.
  • City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare. This is the third installment to The Mortal Instruments series and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll put up a review of the first three books after reading this one.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor. This is the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy. It’s about a girl, Karou, who isn’t sure who she is or where she comes from, but strange things are happening around her and she doesn’t know how to explain it. I’m excited to read this first installment.
  • The Selection” by Kiera Cass. This is the first book in the Selection trilogy (which is now becoming a six book series) and it’s about a girl named America who is thrown into the world of dresses and becoming the potential bride to the prince. It sounds intriguing and am excited to read it.
  • Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. I’m not 100% sure what this one is about except for it is Ms. Bronte’s only novel and it’s also one of literature’s darkest romantic passions… Sounds intriguing, right? (At least from the description on the back.)

For the TBR Jar Challenge I chose, at random, to read a book with 500+ pages. I have a couple on my TBR for this month that meet that requirement, so I’m going to use “City of Glass” as that requirement. Hopefully I actually read all of these books this month, but we’ll see. Hopefully Netflix won’t distract me too much, because it’s also taken away from my writing time, as well.

Accompanying video: January 2015 Wrap-Up & February TBR

What are you planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

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