January Wrap Up

Wrap Up (2)

# of Books Read- 8

# of Pages Read- 2,550

Favourite Book(s)- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, & The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer


I read Annihilation within the first few days of January and it is still on my mind. It was so weird but in a really great way. I have such mixed feelings about it because it left me with many unanswered questions. If you are looking for something completely original with elements of SciFi, dystopia, and horror then I would recommend looking in to this one. I am so curious to see how the rest of the series plays out, and apparently it is being made in to a movie as well.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


The Underground Railroad is a book that everyone talks about, and for good reason. It is speculative fiction, and I thought that the take of having the underground railroad being a real train was interesting but it could have been more fleshed out. That said, this book was beautifully written, heart wrenching, and so important. I can not wait to see what Colson Whitehead writes next.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks


I was reluctant to read this collection of short stories because I am always wary about books written by celebrities. In my opinion, I was worried for nothing. It was well-written and I loved the focus on everyday people with the occasional elements of SciFi. I had a few issues with the way he wrote women but I will definitely read his next collection, if he ever comes out with one!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


I will be surprised if this book does not make it in my top ten books of the year! It was brilliant! I have a feeling that this is a book that will stick with me for many years to come. It is one of the most thought-provoking novels that I have read in a long time. I was so connected and invested in the characters, and it was frustrating trying to unravel what was happening to them.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward


Jesmyn Ward is a truly talented writer. I now want to read all of her books! This book was so hard to read at times, and mad me so angry! I love a book that can bring out those emotions. The first chapter was a bit graphic and I was not prepared for it (animal slaughter.) I just want to mention that so if you decide to pick it up, you are aware of it. Sing, Unburied, Sing talks about important topics and handles them in a way that I felt was realistic and had a big impact. I can see why this book is so well loved.

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely


As you can see, I have read a lot of heavy and dark books this month. I decided to read Gunslinger Girl because I was looking for something more fun and action-packed. This book definitely delivered. It was really fast-paced and I could not put it down. A lot of it was predictable, but there were a few twists that I did not see coming. It was really the characters and the setting that were the highlights for me!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Wonder was an emotional roller-coaster. I felt every single emotion while reading this book, and by the end of the ride I had fallen deeply in love with it and with Auggie. It is not often that I come across a novel that I think every single person should read, but this is one of those books. It is so insightful and there are many lesson that can be learned and/or reinforced. It deserves every ounce of love that it receives.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


I have been talking about wanting to read The Bear and the Nightingale for months now, and I am happy to say that it has surpassed my expectations! It starts off a little bit confusing and it takes awhile to get all of the characters sorted out, but once you do it is absolutely beautiful and captivating. I really reads like a fairy tale for adults, and I did not want it to end. I am looking forward to picking up the next book!


This has been one of the best reading months I have had in a long time. Every single book that I read was unique and amazing in it’s own way! I am hoping that this is a sign that I will have an incredible reading year.

What was the best book that you read this month?


53 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. Great January, Kristin!! I really want to read Arden’s book, since I’ve seen it everywhere and you loved books that I loved as well ^^

    My favorite read this month was “Beauty and the Beast” by KD Shea, since it was sweet and a lot of fun, full of witty talk, grumpy characters β™₯ It just warmed my heart ^^

    Cheers to a better February… if that’s possible πŸ˜‰

  2. Sing, Unburied Sing sounds so intriguing! I’ve already added it to my wishlist. πŸ˜‹ And I’ve been meaning to get Wonder for so long, but it hasn’t happened yet.

  3. Wow, I wish I could read that much each month! I have had my eye on The Underground Railroad for a long time but have never gotten around to it yet. I did just download Annihilation this month in preparation for the movie, I am looking forward to reading that one soon.

  4. Glad you enjoyed Never Let Me Go! Though I read the novel years and years ago, I still love it until now. Have you watched the movie as well? It’s a great adaptation <3 Uncommon Type has been on my TBR for a long time, but I never really hear people's thoughts about it! I might give it a try in the near future πŸ™‚

  5. I got that first book you mention… Annihilation!… But my BF took got it from the shipping courrier and doesn’t want to give them to me πŸ™ It sounds so good and I like the combination a LOT!

      1. That is why I bought it but he has taken it hostage xD hahaha I’ve read somewhere that the author is part of a new wave of “weird” literature as a new genre, so I am super excited to read it and understand it ! :3

  6. The cover of Gunslinger Girl is so cool!
    I’m now reading Sing Unburied Sing and am really liking it. I’ve only completed the first chapter/part so far.

  7. Wow, what an excellent January! πŸ™‚ The Bear and the Nightingale looks so enchanting –
    I’m definitely adding it to my TBR. This month was a good reading month for me too, and since I can’t choose just one favorite, I’ll say that I’m glad I finally read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.

  8. this sounds like such an amazing reading month!! also i’m now officially adding The Bear and the Nightingale to my tbr

  9. This is the second or third time I’ve heard positive things about ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ so I think it’s maybe time I checked it out for myself! Looks like you’ve had a productive month in regards to reading…I wish I could say the same for myself πŸ˜›

  10. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Gunslinger girl lately so I’m glad you liked it too! I have Underground railway and The bear and the nightingale on my tbr and cant wait to read them πŸ˜€ You had such a great month, hope feb is just as good <3

  11. So glad to hear you had such a great reading month and happy to see Never Let Me Go on here! This book was brilliant, I loved it so much and didn’t expect the end, at all. It was amazing. So happy you loved it, too πŸ™‚
    Hope you’ll have a great February! xx

  12. Looks like you had a great month, Kristin 🌸
    I’m so happy you finally got round to reading The Bear and The Nightingale this month; I also started it but it was a bit confusing and I don’t think I was in the right mindset, I’m hoping to read it soon and I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Wonder is also on my TBR, I know it’s going to be a sad book but I really want to read it before going to see the movie.

    I hope you have a lovely February 🌸

    1. I really did! The Bear and the Nightingale blew me away. It is as good as everyone said it was but it does take awhile to really get in to it. I hope you enjoy it the next time knowing that it is confusing at first! Wonder is sad but really sweet at the same time. I think you will love it!

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