Hey Book Nerds!
So this month was a pretty good reading month for me as far as the quality of the books I read goes. I only read 2 and a half books this month, but I am still happy with that. So, without further ado, here is my January wrap-up.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This was the first book I read in January and I read it as a buddy read with my friend Sarah, who I have talked about many times on my blog. We both really wanted to read this book, so we agreed to read it together in the first part of January. I absolutely loved this book. I was a little afraid to read it because contemporaries and I usually don’t get along to well (I usually find them predictable, unrealistic, and sometimes boring). However, this book had none of the those issues for me. This book is told over the span of 24 hours, so it could have been extremely unrealistic, but it wasn’t. Everything that happened seemed to happen at a natural pace and it wasn’t insta-lovey at all. Also, OLIVER. That’s all I am going to say about that… My one problem with this book was I wanted the characters to be a little bit more developed than they were. The character development was lacking just a little bit for me. I would’ve liked to have known a few more things about them than what we did know. Speaking of characters, I loved the characters. I thought they were very relatable, funny, and just overall wonderful. I thought Hadley and Oliver were adorable and meshed really well. I definitely recommend this book and will be picking up Jennifer E. Smith’s books in the future. I gave this book 5/5 stars on goodreads.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10798416-the-statistical-probability-of-love-at-first-sight?ac=1&from_search=1
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
I read this book in the latter half of January and actually just finished it on the 30th. I loved this book so much. Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors, so she never disappoints. This book, as well as her other books, is written in verse, so it was a very easy and quick read, despite dealing with very dark and heavy topics. I loved every character in this book, even the ones who had minor parts. The 3 main characters were very well developed and I loved the 3 of them together. The only thing that upset me about this book was the ending. I had the one part of the ending predicted, so I was a little disappointed in that (and in what actually happened- it made me so mad). However, I still absolutely loved every other aspect of this book and I would definitely recommend it to people who like books that deal with deeper topics. However, there are trigger warnings for suicide, depression, self-harm, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. I ended up giving this book 5/5 stars on goodreads.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/270805.Impulse?ac=1&from_search=1
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Now, where do I even start with this book. As you probably already guessed, this is the book I read about half of in January. No, it wasn’t a matter of January ended before I could finish it. I only read half of it because I stopped reading it. Now, I’m sure I will probably get some backlash for this, but, I don’t like this book. At all. I apparently started this book back in August, but didn’t have time to read/finish it because I was so stressed out and busy with school. So, in January, I figured I would finish it. Nope. Didn’t happen. Why? Because I am so bored with this book. I don’t connect with any of the characters. As a matter of fact, I don’t even like any of the characters. I don’t like the writing, I find the strikeouts extremely annoying, and the constant repetitiveness of certain words and phrases really irks me. I don’t see the point in that at all. While I was reading this, I didn’t find myself caring about the characters or anything that was going on, so I ended up stopping the book at page 121. However, I will finish it, just not right now. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood to read it or maybe it was so overly hyped that I went into this book thinking it was going to be the best piece of literature I have ever read, and when it wasn’t, I was disappointed. I don’t what happened, but I just don’t like it. If the rest of the book continues this way, I most likely won’t continue with the trilogy.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13455782-shatter-me
So, there you have it. Those are the books I read (and didn’t finish) in January. I hope you all had an amazing reading month in January. If you have a wrap-up, leave it in a comment. I would love to see what you guys read in January!
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