I honestly can’t believe January is almost over. It can’t just be me that thinks this first month has really flown by.
I had a pretty good start to 2016, and have made a better start to my Goodreads Reading Challenge finishing 11 books this month. I managed to get around to The Raven Cycle, which has cut one series off my to-read list, and I started some books of a different genre to what I normally would read.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
My first Patrick Ness book and, in my opinion, a brilliant one to start on. Instead of focusing on the Chosen Ones and the big bad that threatens the town Ness follows a group of four teenagers whose lives are normal and who only want to survive whatever is threatening the Indie Kids this time. I really enjoy this book, the characters may have been normal but it didn’t make their lives any less interesting or important than the Indie Kids.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I really enjoyed Alexandra Bracken’s first series but Passenger completely knocked it out the water. The characters are well developed and even though the story starts off a little slow it grabbed me and refused to let go until the very end. I love time travel stories and Passenger is one of the best. Together Nicholas and Etta travel all over the world and all through the centuries; from London during World War II and Damascus in the fifteen hundreds. This is, at the moment, my best read of 2016.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
While this isn’t the kind of book I’d normally read, preferring fantasy or paranormal books, it had so many amazing reviews I had to pick it up and start reading it myself. My Life Next Door starts off a cute read about summer love, however right around the corner it takes a darker turn. I loved the two main characters, Sam and Jase, but it was Jase’s family that made this story stand out for me. The Garrett’s are a large family, and compared to Sam’s their home life is loud, chaotic but full of love.
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I didn’t realise there was a sequel to My Life Next Door until I’d finished reading it but after discovering Alice and Tim’s story had been written and released I couldn’t wait to start it. In the first book Tim decided to combat his alcohol addiction and his journey continues in his story. There are a lot of serious issues that are addressed in The Boy Most Likely To and Huntley Fitzpatrick gave them the time and development they needed; what Tim goes through and what happened to Alice’s family isn’t just forgotten about or swept under the rug for the sake of the budding romance between Tim and Alice.
The Grisha Series
I loved this series the first time I read it, and after Six of Crows was released I had to go back and re-read the Grisha series before starting a book set in the same world. The Grisha series is really good but I definitely preferred Six of Crows; it has all the elements I loved about the Grisha series but so much more. I adored reading about the relationships between all six characters, as well as the building relationships between Kaz and Inej, Nina and Matthias, and Jesper and Wylan.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Raven Cycle Series
Before starting The Raven Boys I had heard so much about the series, it had so many amazing reviews and the gorgeous covers caught my eye. When I finally got around to picking up these books I couldn’t stop reading. While the first book seemed a little slow the series went from strength to strength and when I got to the third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I couldn’t put it down. I am desperate for the fourth book in the series now, I need to know what happens next.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
I took part in four Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of January.
I featured four books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.
Riders by Veronica Rossi
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I have plenty more on my to-read list for next month, and also a few ARCs to review before they’re released. In February I am looking forwards to hopefully some warmer weather here in England, as well as the release of some of my very eagerly anticipated books for this year.