January Book Wrap-Up

Books read in January 2013

Grave Mercy
4 of 5 stars true
I didn’t mean to do it, but I stayed up until all hours to finish, this one sucked me in!!
Splintered
4 of 5 stars true
It’s always a little nerve-wracking to start watching or reading something that you have been waiting for with high hopes. And it’s even worse to have said the object of that anticipation start off slowly…but thankfully, Splintered won…
The Madman's Daughter
5 of 5 stars true
There was a lot to love about this dark, creepy tale. As with other books that I’ve had on my “high-expectations” list, I was a little leery to start this one, but thankfully, the ice/fog day we had on Monday gave me the perfect opportun…
Across the Universe
4 of 5 stars true
Review to come.
The Archived
5 of 5 stars true
I have read 19 books in January, and this is the first that is going on my Favorites shelf. And I have really enjoyed a lot of the books I’ve read this month.This was SO good. A great strong main character, who is not without flaws. In…
Beastly
2 of 5 stars true
I wanted to like this more than I did.There were some interesting bits, and I liked it well enough to finish, but I spent most of the book thinking more about how I would review it, rather than getting lost in it.This is going to sound…
Beauty
4 of 5 stars true
I have read this before, quite awhile ago, but after reading Beastly, I decided I needed to reread this one to see if it was as good as I remembered.Happily, the answer is yes. It’s funny, I couldn’t have told you exactly how it went, …
Jane
0 of 5 stars true
Review to come.
Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest
3 of 5 stars true

This was cute, but a little like candy. Sweet, but doesn’t really stick with you.A few too many flowery descriptions, and the entire premise was a little on the silly side.Hmmm, it sounds like I hated it, and I didn’t — I finished …

Project Gutenberg's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
5 of 5 stars true
There’s a very good reason this is a classic. I don’t remember having actually ever read this, though. Oh sure, I had seen the Disney movie, and more recently, the Tim Burton movie, but read the actual book? Don’t remember.I loved it, …
The Woodcutter
2 of 5 stars true
I finished it, but I’m not sure I really enjoyed it. I’m trying to read a lot of fairy tale retellings, and I was fascinated by this one, but it really ended up being something I just slogged through to see where the author actually went…
Rapunzel Untangled
4 of 5 stars true
fun! review to come.
Anna and the French Kiss
4 of 5 stars true
I don’t know why, but there’s just something about books set in boarding schools, especially ones in other countries. Unfulfilled dreams, maybe. Not that I’d want to go to one on Paris, myself, I think I’d rather it would have been in Lo…
The B-Team
5 of 5 stars true
I had a little trouble getting in to this, but once I did, I was hooked. I’m a big fan of Scalzi and his humor, and this was a great start of this new serial. I was just sad that I wasn’t near wi-fi and couldn’t download the next chapter…
Cinder
4 of 5 stars true

I am such a failure sometimes. I was supposed be reading this 2 chapters at a time, participating in a read-along.I read it all in like, two days. I meant to stop, but I couldn’t help myself.I’m also something of a failure, because …

Time's Twisted Arrow
5 of 5 stars true
Review to come.
Wait For Me
2 of 5 stars true
Review to come.
Eve and Adam
2 of 5 stars true
I really wanted to like this, and was really enjoying this one until about the last 100 pages-ish. I enjoyed the characters, the situations, the premise, and then…it just felt rushed and was a gigantic letdown. All of these amazing bal…




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Nineteen books finished in January. I doubt that I’ll maintain that pace all year long: I credit a lot of it to the fact that I have spent many hours on bus rides and sitting in gyms (before and during basketball games…), which has meant a LOT of reading time. Add to that several snow/ice days off from school, and, yeah. 19 books this month.

Luckily, I have really enjoyed most of these books! I had four that I gave just 2 stars to. One 3 star, the rest 4 or 5 stars. Only one, though, managed to get itself on my Favorites bookshelf — and that was the book I read today, The Archived, by Victoria Schwab. (My review of that will post on Saturday).

How about you? Read any good books this month?