Wrap-up: January 2018


It honestly feels like January lasted forever, and that’s not necessarily a good thing because the better part of the month wasn’t the best for me. I broke my phone, had to deal with some heavy personal things and I had a bit of an anxiety relapse. You can kind of see this in my reading, because I’ve read quite a big amount of middle grade books, and I always do that when I’m feeling down. It was wonderful.

Sadly, this also meant that I wasn’t able to participate in #MHBookBingo (a readathon focused on mental health books) as much as I wanted to. But self-care is more important than a readathon.

Luckily I started feeling a lot better towards the end of the month, and I managed to finish some really great books! Knipsel

The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman – I’d tried getting into this one a few times but always failed, until now. And I’m glad I persisted because I ended up really liking this one!
Love, Life and the List by Kasie West – DNF because the agoraphobia portrayal really hurt me.
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – I read this one as part of a blog tour, and you can find my full review here.
Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow – A middle grade featuring a f/f relationship set at a music camp? Yes, it was just as good as it sounds. Maybe even better.

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon – I picked this one up because Weezie had mentioned it on Twitter, and I trust their recs. It was fun, adventurous, had great friendships, and I loved it so so much.
The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon – Of course I immediately had to pick up the second book, and I really enjoyed this one as well.
Afterlife by Melissa Jennings – This was such a great poetry collection featuring topics like mental health, and it really touched me.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin – I loved the story, the characters, and finding out how everything tied together. It was such a lovely experience.

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – It definitely says something about a series if I marathon-read it, because that doesn’t happen with me often. I loved this one as well, but of all the three books, I remember the least about this one.
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin – I kept mixing up the characters which made me enjoy this one a little less, but the story was absolutely wonderful.
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan – I’d been putting off reading this one for so long because I was scared it was going to disappoint, but it definitely didn’t. It might actually be the best in the series, and I kind of hope there’ll be more books set in this world.
Life Within Parole Volume 1 by RoAnna Sylver – There were some stories I loved more than others, but overall? I absolutely adored it, and I fell in love with these characters even more.

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant – I’ve been meaning to read this for so long and I’m glad I finally picked it up, because I quite liked it.
Always Be You by RoAnna Sylver – I listened to this on audiobook and RoAnna is such a great narrator. The story was super lovely as well.
Soft in the Middle by Shelby Eileen – I loved this poetry collection so much, and I’ve tabbed at least 1/3th of the poems.
Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – Wow. This might actually be one of the best sequels (or books, in general) I’ve ever read. I was completely blown away by this one.


I’m currently listening to Heartless by Marissa Meyer, which I’m liking a lot more than I thought I would. I’m reading the physical ARC of Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza, and I find it rather difficult to get into it because I’ve forgotten most of the first book. And finally, I’m reading the ebook of The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale, which is just as adorable and fun as people have told me it was.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start of the year! And tell me, what books have you read in January?

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11 gedachtes over “Wrap-up: January 2018

  1. Alexa zegt:

    I’m sorry the month was tough for you, but hey, you still managed to read so many wonderful books! And reading MG when you’re feeling down is a really good tactic, I’ll have to remember it for later.

    Drum Roll, Please honestly sounds like a dream and I need it.

    !! You read the Ship of the Dead!! I was meaning to read it in January but then I had so many other things that I had to put it off.

    And the Love Song of Sawyer Bell just has such a pretty cover.

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    • Green Tea & Paperbacks zegt:

      It’s the best strategy for me! Those books are so much fun and they’re very uncomplicated, so they really keep my mind off of the bad stuff.

      Drum Roll, Please is so wonderful and I can’t wait until everyone is able to read it. And you should def pick it up soon, it’s so good!!! Sawyer Bell does have a beautiful cover. Makes me wish I had the physical copy.

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  2. Marie zegt:

    I’m sorry to hear you had a bit of a rough month, I hope that February will be great ❤ On the bright side, you have read some amazing-looking books, I'm not reading too many middle-grade books, but you made them sound fantastic 🙂
    Hope you will have a lovely month! xx


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