Reading Round-up - January

One month into 2018 already, and what a whirlwind month it's been already!  The highlight of my month was getting promoted to Acting Supervisor, which reinforced my decision this time last year to make a career change.  The lowlight was coming down with the worst cold I've had in years, but I am grateful that I now have sick days that I can use to recuperate.

My year is off to a GREAT start, with all four and five star reads, with only one three star read and one DNF.

1. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
The PERFECT book to start the year with.  As soon as I received a copy in my Owlcrate, I couldn't wait to pick it up, especially because my friend Jessica @ Novel Cravings loved it last year.  I couldn't put it down, and it's definitely going to be one of my favourite contemporaries of the year.

2. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
I borrowed this one from the library last year, and couldn't get into it.  Later in the year, I found a brand new hardcover at a library sale for 25 cents, so I picked it up, thinking I'd give it another shot. But I saw that the library had it on audio, so I decided to listen again, and it was an EXCELLENT choice.  The audio was absolutely enthralling and I loved it.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My book club selected this book for our February meeting and, although I've already read it, I wanted to reread it to have it fresh in my mind.  I decided to listen on audio, just to have a different experience, and WOW, the audio was INCREDIBLE.  Highly, highly recommend.

4. Someone in the Way by Rachel Del
I reviewed this book on the blog earlier this month, but it's my new favourite of Rachel Del's books.

5. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
I saw that this book was selected as Book of the Month's Book of the Year for 2017, and it just called to me from the shelf.  It BLEW ME AWAY and I savoured every word of its 600-page beautifulness.  Such an incredible book, and one that I'll be thinking about for some time.

6. She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop
7. When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger
8. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
I am on FIRE with my ARC reading this year, and hope to keep it up.  All three of these books are releasing in February, so stay tuned for my reviews on release day!

-- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Badass Book Bitches selected a classic this month, and I tried to read it in physical form as well as audio, and I just couldn't get into it.  A little part of me is sad because my edition is so pretty, so it's possible I might give this another shot at a later time.  The fact that I had The Heart's Invisible Furies on the go at the same time may have been an influence on my thoughts.

9. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
One month in and I've finished one of the books on my 18 books to read in 2018 list!  I read this one while battling a head cold, which definitely had an effect on my enjoyment of the book.  I ended up feeling like the first two thirds were quite slow, but the last third made up for it (or maybe I just started feeling better), and overall it was very enjoyable.  

10. Losing Lily by Rachel Del
I had forgotten that I downloaded this prequel after I read Rachel's other novel, How to Be Someone Else, back in 2016.  Now that I've read Someone in the Way, I liked having another small glimpse into their lives, although novellas aren't always my favourite because I like a longer novel that I can sink my teeth into.

11. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I buddy read this with Jessica @ Novel Cravings -- the first of many buddy reads this year, I hope!  I'd read some of the stories before, immediately after finishing the Grisha trilogy, but it was nice to revisit them as well as some of the new ones.  This entire books is so gorgeous, from the beautiful cover to the intricate illustrations.

12. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
One of my 2018 resolutions is to read the entire Anne of Green Gables series.  As a child, I only read the first couple of books because Anne got boring as she got older.  Now that I'm old and boring, I figured it's time for me to fully experience this Canadian classic.  I adored the Emily of New Moon trilogy when I read them in high school, and I'm fairly certain that I'll love this series as well, especially if the heart-warming joy that is the first book is any indication.



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