January 16, 2016 Emily

January Wrap Up #1

It’s been ten days since I’ve last posted.. Oh, how I’ve missed you, lovely reader. But seriously, when I don’t post for over a week I feel LOST. Blogging is life, right?

For today’s post I will be discussing the books I read in the first half of January. I read a total of 5 books, which is less than I normally read but still a pretty good amount. Let’s get on to it…

  1. Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie (4.5/5)Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.00.15 PM
    After reading a ton of fantasy in December, I knew I needed a little bit of a break, so I picked up Addicted to You which is the first book in a new adult series. New adult can be iffy for me so I was nervous picking up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised! If you haven’t heard of Addicted to You, it follows two young adults who have been friends their whole lives. They both have addictions they’re hiding from their families so they decide to fake a relationship to avoid having to explain their addictions. But of course since this is a romance, they start to fall in love blah blah blah!
    I loved this book, there was a ton of girl power and emphasis on healthy relationships. Also, it was completely realistic; people in real life have addictions that are extremely harmful towards themselves and others, and this book didn’t hide the reality of that. Krista and Becca Ritchie are absolutely beautiful writers and I can’t wait to continue on in this series!
    Sidenote: This book is NOT for kids (it’s new adult, duh).
  2. Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 10.30.26 PMThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (4.5/5)
    Isn’t it crazy that I went from reading a racy new adult book to an innocent little kids book? I love every genre, okay? Haha. Anyways, after owning the Percy Jackson Series for months, I decided to finally pick up the first book The Lightning Thief. As many of you know, this series revolves around 12-year-old Percy Jackson who discovers he’s actually Poseidon’s son. Since Percy is a demigod, he has to go on a ton of cool missions to save the Olympian world. It’s ridiculous in the very best way! Percy is hilarious and so adorable, I just want to squeeze him (is that weird?). If you want to check out more of my thoughts, feel free to read my review here. If you have a young kid in your life, you need to get them to read this book. It’s a sure way to get more kids to fall in love with reading!
  3. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (5/5)Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.02.32 PM
    Obviously I had to pick up the second book in the Percy Jackson series immediately after reading The Lightning Thief! The Sea of Monsters was just as adorable and fast paced as the first. I flew through the book in one day, it was seriously that good. Because it is a sequel I’m not going to be discussing the content because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but just know that I absolutely adored this book just as much as The Lightning Thief, maybe even a little more.
  4. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (4/5)
    As you can see, the first half of January was basically dedicated to Rick Riordan. The third book in the Percy Jackson series, The Titan’s Curse, is my least favorite in the series so far, but don’t worry I still really enjoyed it. This book was lacking the fast paced action that was present in the other two, but still had the humor and sass that stole our hearts!
  5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (4/5)Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.04.28 PM
    Guys I finally picked up The Mortal Instruments series!! Are you proud of me? City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, which revolves around Clary who finds herself swept up in the world of Shadowhunters (or demon fighters) after her mom disappears. I finally picked up this book in January because of the TV show premiere of Shadowhunters on ABC Family… I’m so glad I did! I was completely immersed in the story the whole time and needed to know what was going to happen to our beloved characters. There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The reason I knocked off one point from its rating is because I thought the end was lacking the suspense from the beginning. I still loved it though and can’t wait to read the second book very soon! Also, I watched the first episode of Shadowhunters and really didn’t like it. I thought it was super cheesy and meh… not a fan.

 

What books have you read in January so far? Did you watch the Shadowhunters? Did you like it?

Happy reading,

Emily

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