Hi everyone. I’m going to try to get better at this blogging thing in 2019. One way I hope to keep everyone (lets be real, there’s like 5 of you. LOL) updated is by doing these monthly wrap ups. I usually write a review of some sort for the books I read, so I figured why not include those too!
The month of January went kinda fast? Sometimes it flew by and others it dragged! I didn’t do much this month travel or fun wise. I did however, start going back to the gym, tried barre (at work, also never again!), and booked my big trip for 2019. For those who don’t follow me on twitter, the last three years I’ve done a big trip to somewhere in Europe. It’s a way to treat myself and see more of world. Three years ago I went to Rome & Florence. Two years ago was Ireland (I drove on the left!) and London. This past Fall I went to London, Luxembourg, Germany, & Belgium! This year I saw a flight deal that I couldn’t pass up for SCOTLAND!!! I’ll be flying out of London to go home, so I might stop at a few English cities along the way too. I’m beyond excited for this trip and if you have any recommendations please share them.
I’m excited for February, because I’m traveling to a new city, hosting an event at work, and starting a new round of #otspsecretsister. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically secret sister + pen pals for people in the book community. It’s so much fun “meeting” people from all over the US and forming friendships. Plus I love snail mail.
In January I read 5 books. I think that’s a pretty good start for me. I set me Goodreads goal to 50 books for the year, and I’m currently ahead, so yay! I also joined Andi’s Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge & I’m giving the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge a shot. The five books I read were Hung, Bird Box, It Ended Badly, One Perfect Kiss, and Strange the Dreamer (which I buddy read with Alex). I also DNFed This Lie Will Kill You, but I plan on giving it another shot when I’m more in the mood. Below are some mini reviews for the books I read in January.
Hung: A Billionaire Bad Boy Romance by Simone Sowood
This book was a quick read (read it in one night). I liked Skye, but at times her storyline seemed repetitive (hate rich people, blame them for everything). Lawson reminded me a bit of Christian Grey. There were some hints of domineering, so if that’s a trigger I’d avoid this book. Otherwise, it’s a quick, smutty read.
One Perfect Kiss by Jaci Burton
I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. The character of Zach reminded me so much of a friend of mine. He too had a high paying job, but left it to teach HS history and coach. That aside, I loved Zach and his dog Wilson. I think he and Josie were well developed characters. I enjoyed that they weren’t perfect and each had their own troubled/rocky pasts. The supporting characters were all fun additions too.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
This book took awhile for me to stick with it. I wanted to give up about 100 pages in, but then I got to Part II and the story really picked up. I also have to say buddy reading this really helped me push through. Laini Taylor has such a unique writing style. It’s so lyrical and whimsical. I loved Lazlo Strange and I could tell he was different & will say that I guessed correctly about something the reader discovers towards the end of the book. Lazlo has an interesting background and I enjoyed how non judgmental and selfless he was. Sarai was also a unique character. I liked how she stood up for what she believed in. The supporting characters were all wonderful too, even the villains.
That’s it for January. Here’s to hoping February is another good reading month. What are you planning/hoping to read? I just got some library holds, Muse of Nightmares and The Geography of Lost Things & my Book Outlet order came in!