Yep, the first month of 2017 has passed! I swear to God, this year is going to go by super quick; we won’t ever see it coming.
I ended up reading 14 books this month, and going through 2 DNFs.
(1) The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle (2/5) I was really excited about this one, but it ended up falling flat on its face for me. You can see more on my thoughts on this one here.
(2) Scythe by Neal Shusterman (3.5/5) Don’t be fooled by the rating for this one, I actually enjoyed this one! I could easily give it a four stars, but I settled on taking away .5 because I wasn’t emotionally invested in it. More on my thoughts here.
(3) Frost by M.P. Kozlowksy (4/5) Nothing is better than enjoying a stand-alone surprise! A surprisingly dark sci-fi story. My full review can be found here!
(4) Replica by Lauren Oliver (DNF) I was really excited for this one because of the different flip format, but I was pretty much bored with this one, unfortunately. More thoughts about this one here.
(5) Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5/5) Yep, it’s just as good as I thought it’d be. Yep, I actually thought it was better than Illuminae. My full review for this brilliant sequel here!
(6) Boy Robot by Simon Curtis (4/5) Again, another debut I didn’t think I’d love so much, but I absolutely fell in love. Please gimme the sequel right now. My review for this underrated debut is here!
(7) Crossroads by Riley Hart (3/5) I was in a slump-y mood, so I decided to read a M/M romance (they’re my guilty pleasure; don’t judge me!), because I had read a really good Stucky fanfiction. Anyway, this was just average, not great, but not the worst thing ever. More on my thoughts here!
(8) The Many by Nathan Fields (4/5) Ah, such a tense, thrilling read that finally got me back into the reading groove! Thank you, Nathan Fields! For more of my thoughts on this series starter, here they are!
(9) Frostblood by Elly Blake (1/5) I was super excited for this one because the premise intrigued me and the cover is gorgeous, but this was just another cliche fantasy novel, from the characters to what happened. Such a disappointment, and I don’t think I’m going to continue on with the series, unfortunately.
(10) History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (5/5) Predictably, I freaking loved this book to absolute pieces. Damn you, Adam Silvera, for continuously breaking my heart. My full rambling review can be found here.
(11) The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (4/5) I was super excited to read this, and my expectations were definitely met. Megan Miranda is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. More on my thoughts here!
(12) Final Girls by Riley Sager (5/5) I still can’t believe I got to read this early (like, what?) because this is one of my most anticipated releases, but I did, and it was amazing! It sucks that I can’t post my full review until closer to publication, but I highly recommend you all go out and pre-order it! So good!
(13) Blink by K.L. Slater (3/5) This was my first book by this author and it was honestly sort of meh, and you can read more on my thoughts on this one here!
(14) Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick (DNF) I was sort of meh about this one based off of the description, and it didn’t work out, unfortunately. I tried reading 10 chapters of this one, and was quickly bored by the entire thing. There wasn’t anything thriller-y about it, and I had too many ARCs to read, so I quit.
(15) Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger (1/5) I feel SO bad giving an ARC one star, but I just didn’t like this one at all. It didn’t feel like a thriller, I hated the main male character, the insta-love was terrible, and the ending made no sense. I’m not going to post my full review until after the publication date (which is in June), but, unfortunately, I didn’t like this one.
(16) The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett (3.5/5) Another YA mystery/thriller that was so much better than the previous one! I found this one very entertaining and addicting, and though it wasn’t the best YA thriller ever, I thought it was a lot of fun and it surprised me!
Here are links to all the posts I posted this month that weren’t reviews, if you missed any of them:
This was also my first full month of blogging, and it worked out super well, and, dare I jinx myself for the future, better than I thought it would!
I decided to start a schedule – Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. All other days of the week are open for unplanned posts or reviews, and I honestly think it worked out well, and I’m definitely going to keep it.
I also achieved so many accomplishments in such a short time! I reached 50 followers, which is still crazy to me, especially since I had about, what ten or eleven or less in December? Again, thank you to all the people that follow me and all those who have joined since I reached that achievement (especially all the big blogs. How in the world did you find me?). It means so much to me. Not to mention that I reached 100 likes (what?) and I received my first ever e-ARC (WHAT???) and the author of Boy Robot wanted to thank me for my review of his book (WHAAAAT???) and I won my first blogger award (which is coming up sometime soon!). This has been such a crazy rollercoaster, and I can’t wait until it’s been a year to see what it brings me.
Also, I thought it’d be hard to get traction to my blog because I’m just not a social media person. I’m not good at taking pictures for bookstagram, I am in zero mood to join the drama of Twitter (and I’m talking about Twitter as a whole since it’s about 90% drama from an outsider’s perspective), and I don’t like Tumblr enough to want to make a booklr (or whatever it’s called). You’d think that because I’m a millenial teenager, I would be able to handle it, but I’m an anti-social freak at heart. But, I think I’m doing well without it. My main platform is Books Amino, this app which is basically blogging except without the huge commitment and much easier to do on your phone. I’ve been using it for almost a year now, and there are a couple of bloggers I’ve met via the app and it’s a get way to get traffic, in my opinion.
I’m also going to be changing up the content! I realized I did a lot of tags, and I wanted to do some more original content, and I actually had this huge blogging brainstorm where I came up with a lot of ideas that weren’t tags. My “Why Have I Not Read You Yet?” and “Is It Really Too Much” were really fun posts to write (and also pretty popular posts), and I want to do more of that, so come February, I’m going to have more original content that I’m SO excited to share with you guys, and I’m hoping it goes well.
Also, I’ve mentioned before that I’m a naturally born quitter (and I’m probably going to mention that about a million more times, so apologies beforehand), and I’m happy to say that I’m loving it right now. Hopefully, I won’t get bored a year from now, but I absolutely love the community, and I’m also super ahead on my blog posts. Like, “right now, I’m typing up blog posts for March and I’ve already completed February” super ahead. This is extremely unhealthy and I should really stop.
Also, guess who was notified that they’ve been inducted into the National Honor Society at school?
And that’s it for this super crazy month! How was your month? What was your favorite January read? Any accomplishments?