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January 2021 Wrap Up and TBR

Hello friends! It’s been an interesting start to 2021 so far, and as always, my book list demonstrates that. I think it’s been a good start for my reading goal I set this year, and fingers crossed I can keep up a good pace for the rest of the upcoming months!

So I’ll share with you what I’ve read this month, what I’m currently reading, and what are my upcoming TBRs you will (hopefully) see later on the blog!

What have I read this month?

Favourite book: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Thrillers are either hit or miss for me, I find. Either they’re too predictable or the ending just isn’t satisfying enough (like, would this really happen, let’s be honest). But this wasn’t the case here, even with the hype for it that’s been floating around since its debut. It shares similar formulaic elements as other well-known thrillers but it definitely stands out among the crowd with heart and an explosive ending!

Most surprising: Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho

This was by far the most surprising for me because I loved it way more than book 1. That normally isn’t the case for me, but this sequel blew me away with the main male protagonist. I loved seeing his vulnerabilities and a whole different side of him than what book 1 portrayed, and the enemies-to-lovers trope was super well done here! Bravo, Kat, bravo.

New author book: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

I heard about this book through the book vine somewhere, from multiple branches probably, and finally got my hands on a copy. It surprised me too with its long monologues, strange school, and semi anti-social protagonist. But it definitely intrigued me in a good way that just kept me flipping pages. I may look into Naomi’s other books.

Not so favourite book: Fable by Adrienne Young

Whenever someone else really hypes up a book, I subconsciously elevate my expectations a lot, even when I tell myself not to. Being a Reese’s book club pick definitely did that. While this book was better in my opinion than Adrienne’s previous novels, I just felt its pacing really slowed things down. I wanted to get a bigger bite out of this world, the intrigue surrounding Fable’s parents, and a romance that didn’t feel so sudden. I will try to moderate my expectations for the next one.

Current reading list

I used to only read ONE book at a time or else I get so lost and confused, but since I started blogging, I’ve definitely juggled 1+ books more often than not.

Here are the books I’m currently flipping my way through.

  • You Have a Match by Emma Lord
  • Influence by Sara Shepard
  • The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

My TBR List

Let’s be honest. Half the time, what’s in my current reading list gets added to my TBR when:

A) I don’t finish a library book in time and have to renew/re-hold a copy

B) I’m a pure mood reader most of the times and occasionally, when I finally get to a book, I don’t absolutely feel like reading it just yet.

Are any of you like me here? Please don’t be shy in raising your hand.

Without further ado, here are the current books high up on my TBR I hope to get to within the next few weeks.

  • A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  • Gamechanger by Neal Shusterman
  • Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Everyone, please hold me accountable for this because knowing me, who knows what my mood will be in for in even a few days?

So, what is currently on your TBR, and do you struggle with emotional reading like I do? Any suggestions I should add to my high-priority TBR? Let me know! And thanks for reading 🙂

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