Happy February, guys! Can you believe we’re actually one month into 2017 already? Time moves crazy fast. 😱
January was a pretty hectic month for me. I didn’t go on the blog as much as I planned to and even fell back on commenting and blog-hopping, especially at the second half of the month — I’m currently writing this to you from my parents’ place in Indonesia, having flown back to celebrate Chinese New Year with them.
Homecoming always makes me feel really odd, and this time’s no different — I’ve mostly been spending my days chilling and avoiding things that stress me out. But! Here’s what I did get up to:
- Caraval – Stephanie Garber (ARC) | ★★★☆☆ | Magical writing. Vivid, detailed descriptions. Too much deus ex machina for me.
- Life in a Fishbowl – Len Vlahos (ARC) | ★★☆☆☆ | Interesting storytelling. Clinical writing style. Likely hit-or-miss with readers.
- The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr | ★★★☆☆ | Kept me guessing. Teenage amnesiac. Redundant and repetitive, but perhaps that’s a necessary evil? 🤔
- A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard (ARC) | ★★★★☆ | Root-worthy protagonists and romance. Solid, sensitive representation of selective mutism and deafness. 💖
- The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner | ★★★★☆ | Character-driven. Wonderful friendships. Tons of family presence.
- Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg | ★★☆☆☆ | Fails in execution, though premise was intriguing. 🙃
- Let’s Talk: My Blogging Bucket List | Resolutions are so last year. *flips hair*
- Top Ten Thoughts Every Blogger Has Had At Least Once | “If I had a dollar for every hour I spend on this blog…”
- Top Ten All-Time Favourite Shoujo Manga | The medium I’ve probably spent the most time on, next to books. 😂
Around the Blogosphere
- Katherine @ Fabled Haven talks about why we need Asian representation.
- Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads tells us the five things she wishes she knew when she started blogging.
- Esther @ Chapter Adventure asks: do reading goals suck?
- Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks shares a guide to all the diverse YA books releasing in the first half of 2017. ☀️
- Becca @ Becca & Books gives us some book blogging prompts.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books discusses monetising your blog and self-hosting.
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters wonders about blog-hopping: is it a fun or a necessity and also shares a post about how for some of us, libraries aren’t an option.
- Jen @ Reader in a Reverie tells us how to do blackout poetry.
- Catherine @ Blog.Catherine shares ten less obvious WordPress plugins for bloggers! This is for you self-hosters out there. 😉
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about separating women from their work.
- Jess @ Beaucoupbooks tells us why she doesn’t have Instagram.
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook gives us five book review ideas. 🙏
Most Anticipated Reads
A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab
London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike.
The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.
I debated not including this book because every one and their mother probably know how excited I am about it, but HELL, WHATEVER. I’m planning to practically devour this when it comes out. 🙌
History is All You Left Us – Adam Silvera
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
I’m actually not sure if I’ll get to this one. I’m worried that it’ll make me feel sad, and I… don’t really want to be sad. 🙈
I Hunt Killers – Barry Lyga
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
I actually finished reading this a few days back but felt a strong need to include it, just because I’m thinking it might be my first five-star read of the year. So… that’s why it’s here. 😂
How did your January go? What are you currently reading or planning to read soon? Leave me a link to your wrap-up/TBR or let me know in the comments! 💖