It’s already time to wrap up the month. Can you believe that? It’s going to be a short one, though. I was in a reading and blogging rut for the most part of the month. I hope to do better in February. On a personal level, January was a great month. So don’t worry about me. Let’s get into it!
This month I read a total of 2 books, which isn’t a lot for my standards. However, this year I’ve decided not to be so hard on myself. Reading is still just a hobby of mine.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evevlyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
I thought I would absolutely love this book, but unfortunately it turned out to be a 3 star novel for me. I had quite a few issues with the pacing. The story dragged in the beginning and the book was hard to get into. I applaud the author for being able to keep track of this intricate plot. Sadly, I was lost from time to time. There were just too many characters. The writing style was very good, though. As for the mystery, I felt that once they started solving it, it was way to easy. The characters had gotten nowhere for pages and pages, yet suddenly it’s all fixed in a second. I would also like to add that the fatshaming in Ravencourt’s chapters made me rather uncomfortable and was uncalled for in my opinion. Overall, this wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
I took quite some time to decide on what to rate this book. At first I was going to give it 2.5 stars, but my disappointment made me lower it to a 2. I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. I had high hopes going in, as I’ve highly enjoyed works from both of these authors. I had already read an excerpt of Arthur and Ben’s first meeting and I thought it was really cute. As I’ve said though, this book was quite the disappointment. I simply didn’t root for the characters. I find that a fundamental part of reading a romance. Both Arthur and Ben did things that rubbed me the wrong way. At times, they reacted way too dramatically. At other times the problems were too easily resolved. It didn’t feel realistic to me, even though that was the whole thing the authors were going for. I also thought the pop culture elements were a bit TOO much. To summarize, I’m disappointed and I wouldn’t recommend this. Both of the authors have better works.
Not the best reading month, right? I hope February will be better 🙂
I personally really like the posts I put out this month, before I got into a blogging rut. Here they are:
- The books I read in 2018 // an overview!
- January Bullet Journal // New Year’s Party theme
- My favourite books of 2018!
- 2018 blog posts I’m most proud of!
- Analysing my 2018 books!
- 2019 TBR! // Let’s do this!
Usually I pick out my favourite posts of the month, but I can’t choose 😉
That’s all for this short wrap-up. I hope you enjoyed it! See you next time!
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