How are you all? I can’t believe that’s the first month of the year over already!! I only have a few months left and then my first year of uni will be over, which is insane to me! I started the year off well by making a great dent in both my overall yearly goal and my TBR for the year so yay!! I didn’t complete everything on my TBR but I was slightly ambitious. So I am happy with what I achieved. Anyway, let the wrapping up commence…
The first book I read this month was one I started last month and finished on the 2nd of January. It was Ascension (Phobos #1) by Victor Dixen. I read it and fell in love after the first few pages! A review will be up in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that. I have bought the second and pre-ordered the third, I’m just too scared to get stuck in case I’m left on a cliff-hanger for months because I don’t think I could handle that. Anyway, It was incredible 5/5 stars. Totally recommend.
Six girls, six boys. Each in the two separate bays of a single spaceship. They have six minutes each week to seduce and to make their choices, under the unblinking eye of the on-board cameras. They are the contenders in the Genesis programme, the world’s craziest speed-dating show ever, aimed at creating the first human colony on Mars.
Leonor, an 18 year old orphan, is one of the chosen ones.
She has signed up for glory.
She has signed up for love.
She has signed up for a one-way ticket.
Even if the dream turns to a nightmare, it is too late for regrets.
My next read was Stung (Struck #2) by Joss Stirling, which I have a full review of HERE. Again another incredible read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hadn’t read any spy fiction since reading the first in the series last July and I forgot how much I loved it. Still obsessed with her as an author, totally recommend, I can’t wait to get to the next one. 5/5 stars also.
Sixteen-year-old Kate has a talent for disappearing. Framed for murder, and hunted by a violent gang, she’s running for her life…Nathan is the young recruit tasked with finding Kate before her enemies track her down. He’s determined to stay detached no matter what. But when Nathan and Kate’s paths collide, neither is prepared for the electricity that sparks between them. As the net tightens, can they trust each other long enough to stay alive? Or will their next kiss be their last?
The next read of the month was On The Fence by Kasie West. I was in dire need of a cute romance to sink my teeth into and this fit the bill. I did really enjoy it, everything I expect from Kasie. All cutesie and romance-fulfilling joy. I loved the plot and the characters. The closeness with her brothers is what really sold the book to me. It only gets 4/5 stars though because it was just missing that magical quality the other two I had recently read had. A full review of this will also be up ASAP.
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
The next book I read was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I was still riding my cute teen romance train at this point and needed another fix, so I picked this up. This is a tough one because up until the final chapter I was sceptical. I didn’t particularly like Hadley which is an issue as the majority of the plot relies on the reader liking and therefore feeling sympathy for Hadley and her situation. Because I didn’t, it left me feeling meh. I did, however, love Oliver, and his odd facts and figures made this a far more interesting read. I also loved the humour thrown in and the fact it was all set over a 24 hour period was different to anything I had read before. I enjoyed the writing style greatly also. Sadly this book was let down by the fact I didn’t connect with Hadley and therefore I felt as if there was no plot. Also, I got the impression, despite the title, cover and blurb that the romance (which is suggested to be the predominant plot feature) is actually a side plot to Hadley’s family drama.= which was disappointing because it wasn’t interesting to me.
Overall 3/5 stars because it had redeemable qualities but Hadley let things down. I would still like to read more from this author though.
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else – the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?
Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver…
Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
The next two that I read were once I had started Uni and so these were part of my course curriculum. They are both plays which were controversial during there first showing but not considered to be so in today’s society. The first is Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge.
And the Second is The Crucible by Arthur Miller. For me, an avid reader of YA fiction, these were not dull but also not five star reads for me. I didn’t hate them, and they were both relatively interesting in their context but not shout-worthy reads in my book. Although, if you are interested in more details on these I am happy (as always) to do a full review or just more in-depth commentary but for the moment because it’s not really the type of thing I usually post I’ll just leave it at this short excerpt until I know what you guys would like.
As of last night, I finally re-picked up Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie. It’s very early into it but I am loving the concept and can’t wait to get into it further.
In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.
I am also reading Maus by Art Spielgman, which is a graphic novel about the Holocaust as part of my degree. I am actually pretty excited about this because I have never read a graphic novel, so this is a first for me. So if you want more details on that I will happily oblige. You also don’t have to just contact me here, I am on Twitter and Goodreads and Facebook, although the latter not as much. Twitter is probably your best bet outside of commenting here.
My current music faves have been a bit all over the place. I have been listening to little bits of everything. So I’m just going to list my top 10 of the month because I can’t really group them in any other capacity and this will give you a rough guide of the kind of random and eclectic mix that I listen to.
- Save My Life by ZZ Ward
- Why Did It Have To Be Me? by ABBA
- Not In That Way by Sam Smith
- Wish You Were Here by Neck Deep
- The Passenger by Iggy Pop
- The Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
- The Pitiful Children from Be More Chill (the Musical)
- Half the World Away by AURORA
- All I Need by Within Temptation
- Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Sex Education – this was incredible! I watched all 8 episodes in a day because I needed to see more!! There has to be a second season or I might just cry.
Boarding School Juliet
Ao Haru Ride
– I’ve still been obsessed with Anime. Although I’ve been struggling to find things I’ve liked, so I just listed the notable ones because there were some really crappy ones I barely started cause they were so bad.
Bones – I finally finished all 12 seasons, which I started about this time last year but took a massive hiatus over the summer. I loved this and I really recommend.
Game of Thrones – I finished the first season of this and I hope to get into the second very soon.
Nikita – I also just finished the first season of this incredible show last night! I loved it and I think I will start the second today.
Favourite Thing This Month:
My favourite this month I would probably either say is my new ukulele, which I got for Christmas and sounds so magical and gorgeous even when it’s out of tune.
Or my new laptop, which I also got for Christmas and have been using nonstop.
So that’s it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed this and are having a good day 🙂