I can’t believe that it’s finally the last day of January! It felt like this month had way more than 31 days, and I think it overstayed its welcome. Despite the month dragging on and refusing to end, I had a very productive month as far as book things are concerned. Firstly, I managed to post on my blog and Bookstagram every day this month, which is almost unheard of for me. I also managed to read 9 books, which makes me optimistic about reading 52 books in 2021.
Of the nine books I read this month, two of them were rereads, two of them were for blog tours, two of them were ARCs (that I was late reading), and the other three were backlist books I had sitting on my shelves. I ended up rating most of the books I read this month four stars or higher, which is fantastic because I usually end up with a lot of three or three-and-a-half star ratings at the end of the month.
Now, let’s get to the books that I read this month.
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh – I binged this entire book on January 1st for the Graphic Novel prompt for the TBR Tackle Challenge. This book was both heartwarming and heartbreaking, and it was definitely worth the long wait. If you’re curious, you can read my review here.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Why did I wait so long to read this book? This book was moving and powerful, and I’m disappointed that it took me such a long time to finally read it. The characters in this book were memorable, and I loved the Carter family. Concrete Rose is one of the books I purchased this month, and I’m determined not to let it sit unread for too long.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – This book was a reread for me, but I loved buddy reading it with some of the TWR gang. Going into my reread, I remembered a lot of the major plot points, but it was nice to have a refresher on some of the smaller details. I also loved buddy reading this book, and hearing everyone’s theories about who the murderer was the highlight of my Sundays this month.
You Have a Match by Emma Lord – This is one of the ARCs that I tackled in January. This book was one of my more anticipated books for 2021 because I adored Tweet Cute, and I needed more Emma Lord in my life. I’m happy to say that this book did not disappoint, even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Tweet Cute. If you’re curious, you can read my review here.
The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham – This is the other ARC that I tackled in January. This book was released in December, but a reading slump in 2020 caused me to get very behind on a lot of ARCs. This book takes place in Berlin in the year before WWII, and it was wonderful. I loved the characters, and I loved that you could feel the tension building in Berlin leading up to the war. If you’re curious, you can read my review here.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca – This is my favourite read of January. I picked this book for the First Book in a Trilogy Prompt for the TBR Tackle Challenge, and I’m so glad I did. This book featured enemies-to-lovers, which is the greatest trope, and it was so much fun to read. I loved the characters and the setting, and it had me seriously considering giving up my current life to become a tavern wench. If you’re interested, you can read my review here.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – This was my other reread of January, which was also for a buddy read with some of the TWR gang. I think this was my third or fourth time reading this book, but it was just as enjoyable this time around. I loved how everything ties together at the end of this one, and I also love Poirot in this book and picking up on some little details that I missed the first few times around.
Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney – I read this book for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads. I’m not going to say too much about this book because my stop on the tour is tomorrow, but I will say that it was laugh-out-loud funny and that I highly recommend it.
Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay – Technically, as of writing this post, I’m not done reading this book. However, I have around 100 pages left, and I will finish it before the month is over. This book came in 10th place in the 2020 BBNYA awards, and I am reading it for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads. My day on this tour is February 6th, so keep an eye out for my post then!