Monday, February 2, 2015

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Read in January: Mystery/Thriller
January was a weird month for me. I read a lot of books but I didn't really love most of them, they were just kind of meh. I don't want to call it a reading slump because I didn't hate any of the books and I read twelve books (two I'm calling February reads). My theme was Mystery/Thriller but I didn't really read many traditional Mysteries. And actually, the book that enjoyed the most was a Contemporary novel. 

The Books:
1.) There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake 
Rating: 7 out of 10 [Full Review]
2.) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black 
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [Full Rating]
3.) The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister 
Rating: 7.5 out 10 [Full Review]
4.) A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Rating: 7.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
5.) Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
6.) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review]
7.) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Full Review]
8.) Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson 
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review]
9.) Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson 
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
10.) All Fall Down by Ally Carter Rating: 9 out 10 [Full Review]

Other Posts: 
Discussion Post: My Book Buying Ban 

To Be Read in February: Retellings
January's theme is retellings. Many of the books I plan to read don't totally fit the theme but I'm really trying to be a little more flexible. I think a lot of the meh feelings I had last month was because it was all too structured. Sometimes it's good to change thins up. So, here are the books...


1.) We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler- Add to Goodreads
This is a Contemporary but the synopsis sounds really interesting concept. I'm tipping a toe in the "contemp water" but I'm excited to give this one a try.

2.) Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton - Add to Goodreads
This is my debut for the month. It's a YA Fantasy which is my Kryptonite. I've seen some mixed reviews but I'm also intrigued by this synopsis and so I'm excited to read it.

3.) The Marriage Game by Alison Weir - Add to Goodreads
This one is historical fiction about Elizabeth I and her romance with Robert Dudley. It sounds amazing!

4.) The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury - Add to Goodreads
This is another debut that is a Young Adult Fantasy. It sounds really amazing and I've heard some amazing reviews and some mediocre review but I'm excited.

5.) Flunked: Fairy Tale Reform School by Jen Colanita - Add to Goodreads
I've actually already read this one and it is a fun and creative Fairy Tale Retelling. I'm taking part in the virtual blog tour for this one and I have a really exciting post for it coming up.

New Releases

6.) Fairest by Marissa Meyer - Add to Goodreads
Another one I have already read. I love Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles series and this was Levana's story. It was great... Review to come. 

7.) Vendetta by Catherine Doyle - Add to Goodreads
I have been so intrigued by books with an Organized Crime/Mafia theme and this one is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet which means a tortured love story. Sign me up! 

Other Reads

8.) Beauty by Robin McKinley - Add to Goodreads
I recently got very excited about reading some McKinley when fellow blogger Jessie and Terri did a whole week explaining how awesome she is. I got a copy of her Beauty and the Beast retelling and I'm excited about it.

9.) Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire - Add to Goodreads
I love me some Gregory Maguire. I haven't ready many of his retellings beyond The Wicked Years but I've heard good things about this one and I have a copy so this seems like a good opportunity to read it. 

10.) March by Geraldine Brooks - Add to Goodreads
My amazing OTSP Secret Sister got me this for Christmas and I'm so excited to read this one. I liked a previous Geraldine Brooks book I read and my love of Little Women knows no bounds. 


11.) Little Men by Louise May Alcott - Add to Goodreads
12.) Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott - Add to Goodreads
As much as I love Little Women, I am embarassed to say I have not read Little Men or Jo's Boys. That needs to change and for my classics when I do a retelling month I like to read the classic that a retelling is based on so I thought this woulds be perfect.

That's my plan for the month. It seems like a lot of books for me but as I said, I've already read two of the books listed here and I'm partially through one of other book on the list (although February is a shorter month). The other thing I'm going to try and do this month that I liked doing last month is be flexible with what I read. I'm going to pick up whatever I feel like next and not stick to such a rigid schedule. 

What did you read in January? What is your plan for February?   Have you read any of the books on my list? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. I love retellings so will definitely be following your reviews through February xx

    1. Great! I honestly don't have that many on the TBR. I think half the books are retellings but I'm excited about the ones I have planned.

  2. I read Beauty and loved it. I have a thing for retellings. I'm currently reading a wonderful Beauty and the Beast retelling (Entreat Me by Grace Draven) and I have quite a few other retellings on my radar to read soon. Like I can't wait until Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge gets released!

    1. YEAH! I'm excited for Beauty. I've heard good things about Robin McKinley. I haven't heard of Entreat Me. Crimson Bound also sounds good. I actually haven't read Cruel Beauty yet. It's been in my TBR for awhile. It's one of my backup books for the month.

  3. It has been a great month for you. I read The Seeker and I was not a fan. I hope you enjoy it though.

    1. It was a productive reading month but not really great in terms of the reads, I had a lot of mediocre reads. I just started Seeker. I'm only a few chapters in but we'll see. I'm determined to DNF if I don't like the book. I have so many other reads so I'm going to struggle through one if I'm not connecting with it. Not again!