I can’t believe that it’s already February! Where the heck did my first month go? I barely did anything! I’m not ready for this! I live in Procrastination City and haven’t even made my new year resolutions yet. 😛
January has been… uneventful. The first half was pretty bad—a residue from my not-so-good December, for sure—but things are looking up now, and I hope this upwards journey will last me all throughout the year. Read all my January posts here. ❤
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, a cute and heart-warming contemporary LGBT YA novel with a male main character.
- George by Alex Gino, a contemporary middle grade novel about transgenderism.
- The Next Together by Lauren James, an ambitious novel that left much to be desired as it was so vague.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, which I found to be quite a cliched dystopian YA novel that brings nothing new to the table.
- Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, a realistic contemporary YA novel that re-instilled my faith in stories told from multiple perspectives.
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, which I found to be a better book than its predecessor.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
- The Dim Sum Book Tag, in which I matched some books with certain Chinese delicacies.
- Top Ten Blogging Resolutions I’m Making This Year, in which I discussed some blogging goals I have for the new year.
- The Inside Out Book Tag, in which I assigned one book to each emotion in the Pixar movie.
Around the Blogosphere
- Project #BloggerConfessions at Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist is an interesting read and reflects on the book blogging community. It was also the inspiration behind several other confessions posts.
- #ProjectPositivity is a lovely response to the above by Jess at Princessica of Books.
- BEWARE: Catfished By A Fake Penguin Employee gives a quick overview of the catfishing that went down recently and why all bloggers should be careful about receiving ARCs.
- Joséphine from Word Revel gives a brief introduction to having a books-focused instagram.
- Trisha from The Bookgasm Blog looks at reading hyped books and considers the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
- Aentee from Read at Midnight talks about ways to stay honest as a book blogger.
- Alexandra from Twirling Pages discusses if we can make money from book blogging.
- Josie from Josie’s Book Corner offers ways to deal with ARC envy.
Most Anticipated Reads
More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. When his girlfriend Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas.
Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Risuko – David Kudler
Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.
Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.
Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?
This was available on NetGalley as a Read Now, so I quickly added it to my shelf! I’m not sure if it’s still available, but if you’re interested in Japanese-inspired YA novels, you should definitely take a look. 🙂
The Last Leaves Falling – Sarah Benwell
And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this…
Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.
I saw this book first when I was in New York several months ago, fell in love with the cover, and forgot about it until I read its summary. Now I have it out from the library!
How was your January? Are there other posts in the blogosphere that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap-up or monthly TBR post! ❤