Hello! Welcome to my new blog series: Snapshot Reviews. In which I give a short review of every book read in the previous month.
In the month of January I read 14 books in total, they will be reviewed in the order they were read, beginning January 3rd through until January 30th.
Book 1: Growing Things and Other Stories, by Paul Tremblay
Finished January 3rd 2020, rated 4 stars.
The atmosphere of this anthology is incredible, it was the perfect book to start my year. For a short story collection to really succeed in my opinion there needs to be killer settings. There isn’t a chance for characters to be fleshed out enough to form a deep connection with them, so it is left up to plot and intrigue. This collection DELIVERED, Paul Tremblay nailed the eery atmospheric story in his work. I would recommend this to people that want to try Horror but aren’t fully convinced they’ll enjoy the genre. A great taste test.
Book 2: Season of the Witch, by Sarah Rees Brennan
Finished January 5th 2020, rated 3 stars.
I am a huge fan of the Netflix series that this book was inspired by, it is set up to be a prequel to the tv series. I loved the characters in this, they felt authentic to their on-screen counterparts. However, the plot for me was quite forgettable. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for more Chilling Adventures content without being too concerned about what the book does as a whole.
Book 3: Pumpkin Heads, by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin HIcks
Finished January 5th 2020, rated 4 stars.
Pumpkin Heads is adorable, the setting for this story is super cute and gives us all the spooky Halloween/autumn vibes. I really enjoyed watching the two main characters run around the pumpkin patch where they work during the holidays. The illustrations in this are beautiful and bright, it was the perfect afternoon read.
*Yes, I’m aware this photo is potato quality.*
Book 4: The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski
Finished January 6th 2020, rated 4 stars.
I listened to The Last Wish on audiobook and I was really taken off guard by the narrator’s voice, being used to the voice of the Witcher in the game and now the series. The multiple timelines were slightly confusing at the beginning, but it didn’t take long to fall into the story fully. I absolutely loved the character development in this and the action was fast-paced and really fleshed out which was great. I would recommend to all fantasy lovers.
Book 5: Cub, by Cynthia L. Copeland
Finished January 7th 2020, rated 4 stars.
This was such an easy read, the illustrations were so suited to the style of writing and I instantly felt a connection to the characters. I was transported back to my early school years. Because this was sent to me for review I do have a review up on my blog that you can check out. But this was super cute.
Book 6: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood
Finished January 8th 2020, rated 5 stars.
This was my first 5-star read of the year and a story that will probably one of the most polarising books that I will read this year. It contains a lot of problematic content that I think needs trigger warnings *drug use, violence, and sexual content with a minor*. However, the way these topics were explored felt genuine (I don’t know that ‘genuine’ is the right way to explain this but it will do). I plan on fully fleshing out my thoughts on this in a review on its own. For now, I will say that this book was truly exactly what the title says – ugly and wonderful.
Book 7: Belle Takes Flight, by Kathy McCullough
Finished January 8th 2020, rated 2 stars.
I was sent Belle Takes Flight from Scholastic Australia to review, and I was really looking forward to reading this imagining of Princess Belle after the original Disney film takes place. I was hoping for a whimsical story about Belle’s love for reading and adventure. However, unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I was hoping to. I found it focussed on the Prince too much, the character relationships felt shallow and Belle wasn’t referred to or treated like a Princess, which seemed odd. A full review will be published soon. It is suitable for children and I believe that they’d enjoy it nonetheless, it was just disappointing to me as a Beauty and the Beast fan.
Book 8: The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern
Finished January 16th 2020, rated 5 stars.
The Starless Sea was beautiful and strange, I really loved diving into this world on audiobook whenever the chance arose. I know that it was definitely a 5-star read for me however, I think that I need to do a physical re-read to really soak it in and fully develop my thoughts. I think that Erin Morgenstern really stepped up in her writing game this time around. Would highly recommend.
Book 9: [Dis]Connected vol. 2, edited by Michelle Halket
Finished January 19th 2020, rated 5 stars.
This was by far my favourite book for the month of January, I received a copy of this via NetGalley in 2019 to review and never got past the first 3 pages for the longest time. Since finishing this I have recommended it to everyone I know. It is an anthology written by numerous authors and poets and revolves around the central theme of connection in humanity as well as disconnection. This is up there with my all-time favourites and I think that everyone needs to read it.
Book 10: Heartstopper vol. 2, by Alice Oseman
Finished January 20th 2020, rated 5 stars.
Heartstopper Volume two is EVERYTHING, Charlie and Nick are truly meant to be ❤ I can’t say too much about it in case it spoils volume 1, but this is probably one of my favourite YA romance stories. If you enjoy graphic novels and LGBTQ+ romance read this graphic novel series.
Book 11: Everything is F*cked, by Mark Manson
Finished January 21st 2020, rated 3 stars.
At the point of reading this, I thought it was a 3-star, I didn’t love it or hate it but I find most non-fiction self-help style books really forgettable. I picked this up because Mark Manson’s first book in this series (The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck) was a 4-star read for me and that gave me hope about this one but honestly I don’t remember all that much about it.
Book 12: Solitaire, by Alice Oseman
Finished January 22nd 2020, rated 3 stars.
I read Solitaire purely because I wanted to explore more of the world that Nick and Charlie belonged to. It was good, but I don’t think I will continue the books in this world (of course I will still continue Heartstopper), it was just unfortunately forgettable for me. I think this would also be better suited to a comic/graphic novel style format.
Book 13: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Finished January 24th 2020, rated 5 stars.
Little Women is super on-brand at the moment with the Greta Gerwig adaptation so I decided, of course, to re-read this gem before going to see the movie in the cinemas. It was, as it is every time, a 5-star read for me. I think that Jo is one of the best female characters I’ve ever read about in classic literature. I would 100% recommend that every young girl should read this.
Book 14: Bunny, by Mona Awad
Finished January 30th 2020, rated 5 stars.
Here we are, the final book that I read in January. This was a weird and wonderful journey, I had no idea where it was going for the majority of the book but that’s what made it so fantastic. The characters were bizarre and they really kept me intrigued in the story. This was great! I would recommend going into this without reading anything about it.
So there we have it, 14 short reviews for all of the books I read in January. I’m excited to see where this series of snapshot reviews go. See you all next month with February’s Snapshot Reviews.
– HAPPY READING! –