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Monthly Wrap Up: January 2020

As I love to do these days, I did a little poll over on my Twitter to see what post you guys wanted to see next from me and the most requested post was a January wrap up so here we are. I think I’ll try my best to continue these posts throughout the year. My goal for this year is to read 100 books, which seems like a really daunting number when I think about it too deeply so I’m just going to see how it goes. Hopefully the amount of books I managed to read in January is an indication of how the rest of the year will go! I managed to read 13 books this month, a few of which I now consider part of my favourite books of all time so I think it’s been a good reading month for me.

Here’s all the books I managed to read in January:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  • If We Were Villains by M.L Rio
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F Kuang
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

My top picks:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Before reading this book, I had heard so much about it, mostly good things and it definitely lived up to all the hype. I loved everything about this book, from the whole heist and intrigue, the characters themselves and the found family element which was the cherry on top of a brilliant book.
  • If We Were Villains by M.L Rio – I described this book as if the author had picked my brain and written the perfect book for me based on my reading tastes. It has so many elements that I loved from the tragic nature of the story – I’m a sucker for some angst and the many Shakespeare references and the mirroring of the plays to the characters circumstances. This is now one of my favourite books and I won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put into words how much this novel affected me. I was a complete wreck when I finished reading, the last section made me cry more than any other book I’ve read recently and I still think about it at random moments and am taken back into all the emotions this book provoked in me. It’s a book unlike any other and while it has it’s flaws for sure, there’s something undeniably powerful about this book which kept me reading and is truly haunting.

ARCS of the month:

  • The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis – publication date: March 9th 2020

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her

  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – publication date: March 10th 2020

Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Overall, January has been a great month in terms of reading despite lasting about 30 years. Did anyone else feel that way about this month? It’s like it would never end!

What books did you read and enjoy this month? Or are there any you just couldn’t get through? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Rumaanah x

2 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: January 2020

  1. January always feel like it will never end! Good thing we have all those books to keep us going. Sounds like you read some pretty great books in January, hope your February is just as good! I’m super keen to read My Dark Vanessa when it is published and would love to hear your thoughts on it too!

  2. Looks like you had a great reading month! I loved If We Were Villians too. A Little Life is on my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading it; everyone I know who has read it has said similar things to yourself, so I’ll make sure to have a tissues to hand!

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