How are you all? I know I say this every month but OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT ANOTHER MONTH HAS PASSED ALREADY!!! It’s like wow, we’re 1/6th of our way through 2019 already. I hope you guys all got done what you hoped to, whether it’s anything related to reading or otherwise. I did really well to get through my TBR, even though it wasn’t particularly long. But anyways, I will skip the usual ramble at the starts and get straight into the wrap-up.
This month I read four fiction books for my course.
The first was North by Seamus Heaney. It was a poetry collection, although I didn’t know that before picking it up to read it. I surprisingly really liked it. And that’s not because I hate poetry – BECAUSE I DEFINITELY DO NOT! I actually love poetry, both reading it and writing some myself. It’s because it focuses on Irish history, and I don’t have much interest in that – but it was surprisingly gripping and I loved the random bits of Greek Mythology thrown in. 4 STARS OUT OF 5
The next was Maus by Art Spielgman, which I had already started reading in January. It is a graphic novel about the Holocaust, and I adored it. It perfectly balanced the horror of the events with some light family moments to raise the mood. The fact it was a graphic novel put a different spin on it and made it more successful because I think it opens the educational aspect up to an audience that might not have typically been interested before. I could not recommend this enough.
5 STARS OUT OF 5
The third was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I was so shocked to find this on my course because it is a YA Fantasy Romance, not the typical read you find on an English literature course. And I jumped straight in because I anticipated adoring it because it has everything I normally adore. However, it was a bit of a letdown. The story lulled in the middle and had a very rushed and hard to follow ending. The characters were semi-likeable but not gripping. Although the concept and world-building were extremely interesting to me. 3 STARS OUT OF 5
The final one is The Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen which I had never heard of and I was not blown away. It was very meh for me. I was not gripped and interested in the plot and I didn’t feel for the characters. Although I appreciated the “historically controversial” points the plot was trying to get across. 2 STARS OUT OF 5
The only other book I finished this month was Distortion (Phobos #2) by Victor Dixen. I read Ascension (Phobos #1) In January and adored it. I was trying to put off reading this as to avoid the inevitable disappointment when it ended on a cliff-hanger that I would not be able to satiate the need for answers until April when the 3rd and final novel in the series is released. I have a review for the first one HERE and a review for this will be up on Sunday.
Here is the short summary review that I posted to Goodreads:
I loved this book. The drama and tension are incredible. The romance has me on cloud nine! The friendship and individual personalities all coming out is so well done and great to read. You feel as if you are there with them. The way in which it is written is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, so unique and intriguing. I can’t recommend it enough.
Until the end, I would have said it was better than the first. However, I expected so much more from the ending. I don’t know whether my friends built up the ending too much, saying that it was so dramatic and unbelievable but I thought it was going to be nail-biting and dramatic. But it wasn’t. Sure it was surprising and a nice twist but nothing like the end of the last book which had me in tears.
I give this a solid 4.5/5 stars. I can’t wait to read the next one, I’m sure it’s going to be just as incredible.
4.5 STARS OUT OF 5
As of last night, I finally re-picked up Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie. I haven’t read much more of it since the last months Wrap Up. This is the first thing I hope to finish in March.
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.
One album that stands out very clear to me as a favourite this month is The Click (Deluxe Version) by AJR. I stumbled onto it at the start of the month and have been listening non-stop. My top three on the album are (in no particular order): Netflix Trip (about the Office), Pretender (Acoustic) and Overture (which is basically the whole album mixed into one song, which sounds horrible but it’s not – it’s incredibly well done)
Scorpion – Seasons 1&2. I have been loving this so far, gives me the dose of action I need. 4 OUT OF 5 STARS (so far)
The Umbrella Academy I have been waiting for this to come out and watched it the instant it did in the UK. I finished it in a day because I loved it so much. I found it to be a little predictable but I don’t care because it has Robert Sheehan in it and he is one of my favourite actors and it was incredible despite the fact I had basically guessed the main plot even before the preface had finished. Can’t wait for a season 2! 5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Jane the Virgin – Season 1. I only started this the other day and I am really enjoying it. The romance and the drama make it right up my street and it’s really funny and self-aware with how OTT it is. 4 OUT OF 5 STARS (So far)
Favourite Thing This Month:
My favourite thing about this month is the YA Contemporary Romance that I am currently writing. I have been writing it for a while now but I am really getting into it and fine tuning now and I am loving doing that. I am 2/3rd of the way through and am sitting at 55,000 words. If you guys want I could post the first chapter here to see what you think?
So that’s it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed this and that February was good to you 🙂