January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

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Now that January has come to a close, it’s time to talk about the books I read this month.

I started reading more books than I ended up finishing, due to getting stuck on a book I didn’t really enjoy. I still haven’t finished that book, because I was just really struggling to connect with the story so I eventually had to put it aside and move on to something else but by then it was already about 2/3 through the month. I ended up finishing 2 books this month, which is a pretty bad start if I’m being honest but it is what it is.

The Books I Finished (and my thoughts on them):

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

I really enjoyed this book – and the one that came before it, which I read last year: The Queen’s Rising – but I will admit I spent a bit of it getting kind of confused. Slight spoiler warning, there are some characters who go by different names for various reasons. So one person may refer to them by one name while another refers to them by another name, and it does at times get a bit confusing especially because there are so many of them. It would be one thing if it was one or two characters, but it felt like half the characters had multiple aliases. things like characters names were a little hard to follow sometimes and it unfortunately did pull me out of the story sometimes and make it kind of hard to really get into it. As a result, this took me a lot longer to read that a book of this size normally would, and I had to fight myself to not put it aside and start something new. That said though, it is a great story and I did really enjoy it once I was able to get into it and by the end I found myself really disappointed that it didn’t appear it was going to be part of a trilogy like I had initially assumed. Definitely left me wanting more.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

I was so excited for this book.

The first book in this series, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, was one of my absolute favourite books that I read last year and I was really looking forward to finding out what came next in the story. I’m happy to say I was not at all disappointed. I loved almost everything about this book, especially the characters, even ones I didn’t really expect to like. There were a few things that I found a little bit predictable, but it wasn’t too bad. See, I play a game with myself when I read, where I keep an ongoing list of predictions about things that I think will happen in the story. Sometimes I get a lot of it right and it can actually be a little frustrating.  I don’t actually think there is anything wrong with a story being a bit predictable, depending on how it’s done. Some books for example are extremely predictable but try to reveal their twists in a way where you can tell they think they’re shocking you, even though it was extremely obvious the entire time. Other books dump twists on you that feel like they came out of nowhere and make no sense for the story. But I feel like A Heart So Fierce and Broken does it really well because it lays the groundwork first so instead of feeling predictable it feels more like being led to a natural conclusion. It feels satisfying when it actually comes true. I hope that makes sense a little bit.

Oh, another really cool thing about this book (for me at least) was that a couple months ago I had a random idea of a specific scene that I thought would be cool in a story, and in this book almost that EXACT scenario happens. And I love that. So maybe the actual reason I found some stuff predictable is because me and the author have some kind of mental link.

I’m just saying it’s possible.

Total Height Read So Far: 3 inches

January Reading Wrap Up Measurement

 So like I said, I’m not off to a great start. If I spent the rest of the year only reading at this rate, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t meet my goal. Luckily, I have a lot of books I’m really excited to read so as long as I remind myself that I can put a book aside if I’m not enjoying it and move on to something else, I should be fine. Also we’re just 3 days into February and I’m almost done my second book so, I should definitely be able to do better than January.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve read so far this year, and what you’ve loved.

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