Thursday, January 1, 2015

December Wrap-Up and January TBR

Read in December: Sci Fi Month
December was an interesting month of reading for me. I read a lot more than I usually do. A week of vacation, helped out with that I think. But despite the fact that I read a dozen books, many that I liked, I wasn't really blown away by many of them. They were good but they weren't stellar ten star reads like I was expecting. They were good books though and many of them I would recommend.

1.) Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review]
2.) Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review]
3.) Beautiful Curse by Jen McConnel
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
4.) Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 10 out of 10 [Full Review to Come]
5.) Vortex by S.J Kincaid
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
6.) The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Full Review]
7.) Zodiac by Romina Russell
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
8.) This Shattered World by 
Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
9.) Catalyst by S.J. Kincaid
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review]
10.) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review]
11.) The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Full Review]
12.) The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review to Come]

To Read in January: Mystery/Thriller

ARCs That Fit the Theme

1.) There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake - (Amazon / Goodreads)
This is my current read and I have to say, it is really odd. The writing style is weird, the characters are unique, and the plot is interesting. I'm curious to see how it all develops.
2.) Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham- 
I loved the first Veronica Mars book, but I am a little biased. I'm excited for this one because I hear it has more Logan. But even if it doesn't, it has more Veronica.
3.) Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson - (Amazon / Goodreads)
I'm slightly nervous about this one. It looks pretty dark, which I don't normally mind but something about this book makes me nervous but I'm kind of excited about that.

ARCs That Kind of Fit the Theme

4.) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black - (Amazon / Goodreads)
This will be my first Holly Black (don't harass me!) and I am so excited about it. I've heard she is great at world-building which is something I love in my Fantasy. Plus I've just gotten into fae stories and I hear this is a quite dark.

5.) The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister - (Amazon / Goodreads)
This is Historical Fiction which has been compared to Water for Elephants and The Night Circus so I'm intrigued. There definitely seems to be a mystery element to it but I'm mostly intrigued by the Magical Realism and Historical elements.

 Backlist Books That Fit the Theme

6.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - (Amazon / Goodreads)
7.) Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas - (Amazon / Goodreads)
I have heard great things about Abigail Haas' books and the mindblowing mysteries she has written. So I am taking the opportunity to read both Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Boys for my Mystery themed-month.


8.) Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle - (Amazon / Goodreads)
So I feel like it's been awhile since I've read a classic. I want to read 10 Classics this year so I should start now and what better Classic for my Mystery themed month than the first ever Sherlock Holmes.

Back Up Books

1.) All Fall Down by Ally Carter - (Amazon / Goodreads)
This one will probably get read. I may actually listen to the audiobook. I really liked the Ally's Gallagher Girls series even though I didn't finish it. I'm so excited about this new series though!
2.) Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall - (Amazon / Goodreads)
I was really excited about this one but I have seen some mixed reviews. I mean it totally seems like a me book though. I love a good globe-trotting mystery!
3.) Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - (Amazon / Goodreads)
I've had this one on my shelf since BEA and I've really wanted to read it but never got a chance. I really should read books I own before buying new ones so this seems like a good opportunity for that.

That's my plan for January. I'm excited to read these mysteries and others. What is your plan for January? Have you read any of these books or do you plan to read them? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. Great set of books! I have the Holly Black one preordered because I love her so much. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was awesome. Hope you enjoy it.

  2. You have read and have as to-read some great books here! I am interested in reading A Study in Scarlet as well, as I LOVE Sherlock!
    Happy New Year!

    Em @

  3. Awesome books here! I've been interested in reading Boston Girl.