January Wrap-Up

Total Reads: 59
Average Rating: 3.73 out of 5 stars
Page Count: 19147 pages with an average of 325 pages per book
#DiversityBingo2017 Challenges Completed: 10 out of 46
Popsugar Challenges Completed: 13 out of 40
Owned Physical Books Read: 13
Books 18 through 30 were read during the Winter Biannual Bibliothon.
Books 43-46 and 49 were read for Diverseathon.

1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
29868610I’m a strong believer that comedic memoirs are best for fans of that comedian and Anna Kendrick’s no exception. I feel like there is something for all fans of her in this. Also, do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 1, 2016

2. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
22295304 I really loved the premise for this; however, this book moved too quickly and I feel like depth to the story was sacrificed for it. Side note: this cover is gorgeous and totally fits the book.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 1, 2017

3. Indelible by Karin Slaughter
182012 I really appreciate how great Karin Slaughter is at intertwining and making her characters unique. Even though I enjoy her Will Trent series more, I’m really appreciating this series.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 1, 2017

4. The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
30095473I have written a spoiler-free review on this, but overall, some of the chapters are clunky, but I loved the story. 
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 1-2, 2017

5. We Have Always Lived in a Castle by Shirley Jackson
89724Merricat is a good unreliable narrator, but I’m starting to think that Shirley Jackson’s novels will continue to leave me unsatisfied since I know the impact the Lottery by her had on me.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 2, 2017

6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
16299My first Agatha Christie book and man do I get why she’s popular even to this day. I’m really interested in trying out he other works now even if I did guess the who done it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 3, 2017

7. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
50Let’s be honest, I wasn’t planning on reading this if it wasn’t for my Popsugar reading challenge as I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it. Turns out, I was right. I found this to be absolutely boring, repetitious and I still don’t understand why the boy’s mother gave him a hatchet.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Read: January 4, 2017

8. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
33906Reread from so long ago I didn’t even know Goodreads was a thing. Apparently, rereading books reminds you a lot of how your reading tastes change because I remember loving this when I first read it, but now it’s average to me.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 4, 2017

9. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
6665671This book was interesting. I really enjoy how it discussed grief, but the formatting took a bit to get into.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 4, 2017

10. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
15723286These characters definitely seem younger than they are supposed to be, but this is such a quick and fluffy to read series that I feel obligated to continue on especially if I want to fully appreciate the series that comes next, timeline-wise.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 5, 2017

11. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
22896551 The ending was quite abrupt and the story’s plot was generic after factoring in it’s topic. I really did like Kristin and Darren as characters.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 5, 2017

12. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
26025989I’m not sure what I wanted from this, but what I got wasn’t it. That being said, this is still a very enjoyable and quick read, but the whole section about Harrison Ford just left me…sad?
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 5, 2017

13. Gilded Cage by Vic James
30258320I have written a spoiler-free review on this book. Overall, I enjoyed the writing and characters, but felt the world could have been expanded more.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 3-5, 2017

14. Redwall by Brian Jacques
7996If heroic mice doesn’t sell you on this, I honestly probably couldn’t. The story is more middle-grade than young-adult to me, but really enjoyable.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 5-6, 2017

15. Speed of Life by Carol Weston
27969093I really enjoyed the advice columnist aspect of this story, but the characters were very juvenile.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 5-6, 2017

16. How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
26626118I have a spoiler-free review of this book, but overall this book was heartbreaking and magical.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: January 6, 2017

17. Bull by David Elliott
30969875A laugh out loud modernization of the myth of the minotaur. It’s a nice quick read told through verse. Poseidon is literally the king of sass in this which just makes everything even better than it already is.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 7, 2017

18. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
19542841This book was emotionally heartbreaking, yet things moved too quickly in the beginning and I wasn’t fully invested until around the halfway point. That being said, I am super excited for Adam Silvera’s next book because he has the potential to be one of my favorite authors.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 8, 2017

19.Faithless by Karin Slaughter
21722This one had less action than the previous installments, but I really enjoyed the almost cult-like vibes I was getting in this one. Probably my second favorite in this series, unless the last one blows it all away.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 7-8, 2017

21. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey  8719023I’ve heard this is marketed as an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird and, although I just recently read To Kill a Mockingbird last year, I can safely say that I enjoyed this book more. The more I think about it, the more I love it.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: January 6-9, 2017

20. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
25203675This book is very description heavy and that takes away from the plot at times. I really enjoyed the mythology being incorporated into this.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 8-10, 2017

22. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
18584855Well, this clearly is heartbreaking and I felt so much dread towards the end, because we all know how it ends really. That being said, it does take a bit of time to get into it, but the descriptions of food make up for it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 9-11, 2017

23. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
249747 I wish I had read this when I was younger. Artemis was an enjoyable protagonist, but something made this less magical than if I read it if I was younger.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 11, 2017

24. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
22544764 This is definitely slow going at times and the pacing comes off oddly.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 11-12, 2017

25. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
22609317 I definitely see how this is polarizing and how you could easily get attached to one half of the story more than the other. I definitely think that the ending is more flat than I’d have liked.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 12, 2017

26. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
20309175I really enjoyed some stories and didn’t enjoy others. I should have kept better track of which were my favorites. But I think I liked Laini Taylor’s story the most.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 10-12, 2017

27. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
11387515I went into this blind only knowing the basics. My expectations were pretty high going in; this book is highly praised and then quoted one of my favorite songs in the beginning. That all being said, it definitely exceeded them.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 12, 2017

28. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
27774758Reread. While my initial thoughts remain of not wanting the perspective characters together, I picked up on so much more and enjoyed this book so much more.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: January 14, 2017

29. Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman
28818912 I wasn’t a big fan of how this story was told, but I did like that it knew what it’s plot was and stuck to it. I hope that makes sense
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 12-14, 2017

30. Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
21720 I’m officially all caught up and can go back to the Will Trent series since I now know how the things I spoiled myself for play out. Lena still drives me mad and, being very centered on her as well as having spoiled myself, are the reasons this book got this rating.
Rating: 3/5 stars
January 14, 2017

31. The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend
29102849I enjoyed how similar yet different the two main characters are. I enjoyed how Milo wanted to know about their sperm donor mostly for medical reasons. It did an excellent job discussing how the other parent feels when the child isn’t biologically theirs. 
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 7-15, 2017

32. Unblemished by Sara Ella
28449231I’m going to be honest, I kind of struggled with this one. I was really excited for it yet several things let me down. El’s motivations were frustrating majority of the time. Also, I still don’t fully get Josh or him becoming her guardian and being left everything; that screams sketchy scenario to me. I did like Ky though.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 16, 2017

33. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
161426I didn’t like Elizabeth, Daisy, whatever we are calling her. She was snobby and the romance, yes I know it’s her cousin, but was just so unbelievably forced. I did like the survival aspect that came in part later, but the characters I wasn’t a fan of.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Read: January 16, 2017

34. Broken by Karin Slaughter
7093222I liked Will Trent meets Grant County, but this one was more about the characters than the mystery which bummed me out a bit. Still going to continue on in this series, and I know the next book has more Faith, but after so much Lena I need a break.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 15-17, 2017

35. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
12974372I first tried to pick this book up in 2013 and ended up putting it down not knowing why I couldn’t get into it, but after coming back to it I finally placed it. This book is not a fantasy with dragons, but don’t make that cause you to shy away from it like I had years ago. This book is historical fiction set during the Victorian era with dragons so it’s very much a “science” book and is well worth it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 17-18, 2017

36. The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin
16056498Nonfiction books, especially those about science, are hard to rate and critique. That being said, I can understand how this won in the Goodreads Nonfiction category in 2013.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 17-18, 2017

37. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
28101540I really appreciated that Norah’s mental illness wasn’t erased by a boy. Her struggles are very realistic and you come to feel and root for Norah.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 17-18, 2017

38. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
16160797 I picked this up as part of my “read books you own doofus” decision. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did because PI novels aren’t really my thing. I did enjoy the mystery that unfolded even if I feel like this book is ridiculously long. I do own the second one so maybe I’ll get to it soon.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 18-19, 2017

39. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
25065522Again, memoirs are hard to rate, but I think I would have preferred if this book kept the same pace or was in chronological order.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 19-20, 2017

40. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelley
8730413I forget that I really do like cozy mysteries even though I don’t read them all that often. This one contains magical cats and books. Could it be made more for me? Probably not.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 20, 2017

41. The Witches by Roald Dahl
170668 Well, this was darker than I expected. The ending was quite, well, sad.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 21, 2017

42. Sabriel by Garth Nix
518848 Why did it take me so long to read this? Necromancy and a cat companion? I also really enjoyed how awesome Sabriel was.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: January 21, 2017

43. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
17900792I was a little worried going into this because this author co-wrote a book that I didn’t like last year, but I was pleasantly surprised. Etta and her journey felt realistic and I really enjoyed this book’s depiction of eating disorders.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 22, 2017

44. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
25953369I just have two things to say about this book. One, I got lost in some of the jargon, but I’ve heard that it’s easier to understand in the Young Reader’s edition. Two, I feel ashamed that I grew up about half an hour from the research facility that this took place at and had known nothing about this, definitely eyeopening and I really enjoyed it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 23, 2017

45. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
79876This book is one part other people’s reaction to Amal’s decision to wear her hijab full-time and one part her embracing her faith, but combined to make one powerful book with an really enjoyable Amal as the main character.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 23-24, 2017

46. Dreadnought by April Daniels
30279514I’ve written a spoiler-free review on this book, but overall, this book is a superhero story that happens to feature a trans-main character and I love it for that.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 24-25, 2017

47. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
1839I have seen bits and pieces of the documentary that goes along with this awhile ago and this book had been on my radar for years. It’s very thought-provoking, but slow at times.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 20-26, 2017

48. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
3Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: January 24-26, 2017

49. The Underground Railroad by Colson
30555488While I do find this thought provoking and important, I felt the pacing was inconstant and, probably due to not being something I’d normally pick up, I struggled with it at times.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 23-26, 2017

50. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
29044I think the best way to describe this book is: dense, but intense.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 20-27, 2017

51. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
50968Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: January 26-27, 2017

52. The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
23198876I really like Ivy and Bishop, but, while rating this the same as the first book, I did like that one just a bit more.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 26-28, 2017

53. Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage
29102879I have written a spoiler-free review on this book, but overall, I was hoping that the things that I previously didn’t like about this author’s storytelling would be redeemed; however, I’ve decided to part ways with her.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Read: January 27-28, 2017

54. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
25897857I really enjoy middle grade historical fiction and this one is no exception. it takes in the more recent past of during the iran crisis which could have been handled badly. i was really pleased with this
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 25-28, 2017

55. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
49116Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: January 27-28, 2017

56. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
18166920Okay, so what I thought this was going to be and what it was were completely different. This book covers six teens and most live fairly close together; I though it was going to be broader in that aspect.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 28-29, 2017

57. Lirael by Garth Nix
47624Lirael isn’t as likeable as Sabriel, but maybe that’s because I wasn’t aware of the perspective change. I loved Dog though and am curious to see how this story wraps up
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: January 27-31, 2017

58. Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher
19545342This is more of a story of two friends falling apart. While I don’t think the suicide attempt by Cassie was misdone, I do feel like it could have been easily replaced by another reason. I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 31, 2017

59. The BFG by Roald Dahl
6319I had never read the BFG before and found myself kind of disappointed as this is one of Dahl’s more popular books as it’s my least favorite that I’ve read so far.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 31, 2017

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