Monday, 3 February 2014

January wrap up post

My first wrap up post of 2014! I haven't done one of these in a fact, I've neglected my blog a little bit lately. I'm gonna work on that :)

In January I read:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Balefire: A Chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan
Balefire: A  Circle of Ashes by Cate Tiernan
Balefire: A Feather of Stone by Cate Tiernan
Balefire: A Necklace of Water by Cate Tiernan
Dead Silent by Sharon Jones*
Tease by Amanda Maciel*
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger*
Sesame Seade Mysteries: Gargoyles Gone AWOL by Clementine Beauvais*
Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Rock War by Robert Muchamore*

Favourite book of January:

Vicious by Victoria Schwab. I loved this book SO much. It was intricate and beautifully written and so ambiguous. I absolutely adored it. It's a new favourite of mine.

Books acquired in January:

Vicious by Victoria Schwab
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

eBooks bought:
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr 

I actually first borrowed Vicious off Daphne, but I loved it so much I had to buy my own copy (I also bought the US hardback, but it hasn't arrived yet). As I also loved The Near Witch when I read it a few years ago, I decided to splurge and get the hardback of The Archived as well. 

Waterstones had 20% off this weekend, so Stacey, Daphne and I went to the Gower St store (which is lovely and very maze-like) and I bought a paperback of Fangirl (to match my US hardback) and a copy of The Fiery Heart which I've been looking forward to reading for months, this is the first time I've seen it in a bookshop! Technically I bought these on the first day of Feb, but included  them in this wrap up anyway.

The only Kindle book I bought this month was Taste of Darkness, which I managed to grab for 99p. Was pretty pleased as I really like this series! I was thrilled to get my hands on this beautiful vintage-inspired edition of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, which the wonderful Casey bought for me as a gift. 

Thoughts on the month:

I'm really pleased with how many books I read this month and what those books were. It's been an insanely busy month at work, but I still managed 12 books! 5 of those were books from work, of which I'm trying to read more. I absolutely loved them, and the more books of ours I read, the prouder I am to work for Hachette Children's. I can't wait for Dead Silent, Tease and Rock War to publish for everyone to be able to read them as well! I also read the Balefire series which I've been meaning to read for YEARS, and Lola which would have been my favourite book of the month if it weren't for Vicious

Most excited for in February: Banished by Liz de Jager. I've been anticipating this book for months, I adore Urban Fantasy and Liz is a totally awesome person. I cannot wait to read it. 

How did you do this month, and what are you most excited for in February?


  1. Vicious was so good! And I'm so excited about Banished too. Looking forward to see what you think about the Archived! (And I'm so jealous of your Fangirl collection.)

  2. I love The Archived and The Unbound by Victoria Schwab so I'll have to read my copy of Vicious soon! I really like the sound of Tease so will keep my eyes peeled for that!

  3. Maybe, maybe I'll read Vicious...

    I didn't know you read The Key to the Golden Firebird. We'll have to talk about it when I'm done.

    One month I'll read more books than you? Maybe?

  4. I got Taste of Darkness for 99p too! Liked it but thought the ending was a bit rushed. Lol, all your copies of Fangirl! I have it on Kindle but I think I'll get the paperback too for the extra art the end. Heard lots of good things about Vicious! And I've still only read the first book in the Bloodlines series, seriously need to catch up.

  5. You managed to read so much this month! I need to read something by Victoria Schwab soon. Her books sound so good!
    I can't wait for Banished either. So excited!

  6. So???? Did you like Lola? Sounds like you had a great month.


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