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A strong start // January Wrap Up

After reading 10 books in January I have now hit a slump. Whyyy!!! As evident by my February TBR there a bunch of books I want to be reading right now but just physically can’t. It’s annoying.

I’m hoping that once I share my thoughts and feelings on the books I’ve read recently it’ll free up brain space and get me motivated to read again. (Please. I beg).

Like I said, I read 10 books in January which I am very happy with. Considering the fact that my goal for the year is 30 books, I’m already 1/3 of the way towards that. I definitely made the most of my three weeks off uni :))

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

I wasn’t sure about this book when I first picked it up. The characters were a bit younger then I was expecting and the writing not as mature.

This book follows two girls who, while part of the same friend group, have a kind of rivalry which hits an all time high when they have to team up to make a movie for a film festival.

The characters being on the younger side (I feel so old saying “young” they’re like 15-16) actually ended up being for the best as a lot of the characters actions can be blamed on the hormones. In the end I ended up really enjoying it.


You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

The end of December and start of January was dedicated to catching up a little bit more on the McManus releases I’ve been meaning to get to. Unfortunately You’ll Be the Death of Me turned out to be my least favourite of her books I’ve read so far.

While I liked the fact that this moved away from high-school gossip and drama and focuses on more “heavier” stuff it just didn’t hit the same. I wasn’t as invested in the action or characters which is a shame. Still glad I’m almost caught up on McManus’ books though.


Josh & Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready

My first ARC of 2022! I just wanted something quick and cute and this book gave me exactly that.

This book follows Gemma who wants to have a baby and so she asks her brothers best-friend Josh, who’s practically part of the family, if he’d be her sperm donor. I was kind of expecting a story of these two navigating the pregnancy and ultimately having a baby. It didn’t play out like that but I still had fun. Possible tw for: miscarriage, infertility.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I did it!! I finally re-read Crooked Kingdom, something I’ve been meaning to do since I re-read Six of Crows last year. This was motivated by the season 2 cast announcement and I’m still screaming about Wylan’s casting.

Reading this again was of course, so much fun … and slightly heartbreaking when you get to those last few chapters. I especially loved the Kaz and Inej scenes twice as much this time around. I can’t wait for the new season of Shadow & Bone. I also don’t have any excuse for not reading King of Scars ASAP.

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

I didn’t start the year with the intention of reading a self-help book, it was pure coincidence but I feel like I got quite a lot out of this not only in terms of how I see/treat myself, but how I see/treat others too.

Throughout the rest of the year I’d really like to read a couple more feminist books giving specific focus to feminist books by authors of colour.

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

This book made me really really happy. So happy that I stayed up til 5am to finish it.

Good Girl Complex follows rich girl Mackenzie who is begrudgingly attending college on her parents orders even though she has a thriving business she’d like to focus on. And townie Cooper who initially seeks out Mackenzie to get revenge on her boyfriend for getting him fired but ends up developing real feelings.

I don’t usually like the whole “dating under false pretence” thing but it worked with this book. Obviously I’m not gonna spoil anything, I just wanted to clear that up in case that’s something that would turn you off (it had me thinking “oh no” when I realised).

I’m really hoping Elle Kennedy write more books set in this fictional town with these characters because I need it.


The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Finally!! After two years of wanting to read this book, I finally did it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

When I heard this was a romance between two girls with rival henna businesses, I imagined each girl having a stall at either side of the hallway for some reason. Please say someone else had this image in their head. Turns out, that’s not what the set up was.

This book goes a lot deeper then just rival businesses though with Nishat coming out to her parents and facing the backlash of that, as well as the racism she encounters at school.

I have Adiba Jaigirdar’s sophomore novel on my TBR and I’ll definitely be trying to get to it soon.

Review coming soon :))

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

This was my third and final ARC of the month. Really trying to boost my approval rating back up after I got accepted for a bunch of ARCs at once.

A Lesson in Vengeance is an odd one. It’s set at an elite girls boarding school infamous for it’s history of witchcraft. It follows two girls, one who’s returning to the school following her friends death, and the other a writing prodigy who enrols at the school for inspiration on her second novel.

The first half of the book has big paranormal vibes while the second half gives off more dark academia. I’m still unsure on the ending but as a whole I enjoyed my reading experience which makes me look at this book fondly. Does that make sense?

Review coming soon :))

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I’ve now read all of Elizabeth Acevedo‘s published work and I think this is probably my favourite. It’s probably a mix of feeling more comfortable reading books in verse, and just overall really liking and feeling for Xiomara.

I’m no poetry expert so I don’t really have much to say besides the fact that I really enjoyed this. It made feel a lot of things. I read the e-book of this but I’d really like to get a physical copy and annotate it maybe. I only have this urge with a fair few books so maybe that says more then anything else.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

It got to the last couple days of the month, I really wanted to squeeze in just one more book – also I’ve had legit nothing to do so I would have been super bored without reading, so I decided on a re-read.

After reading the Off Campus series for the first time last year I’ve wanted to re-read ever since and I finally let myself do that this month. I had just as much fun reading The Deal the second time around and I will for sure be re-reading the rest of the series over the next couple of months.

So those are all the books I read in January. I had a really good reading month in both quantity and quality. Fingers crossed this keeps going.

Also fingers crossed I can now get back to reading. My brain is weird like that so I think emptying out my brain of last months read will allow me to start on my February TBR.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading recently, as well as your thoughts and feelings on any and all of these books. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

1 thought on “A strong start // January Wrap Up”

  1. Looks like you had a great reading month! I still have to read Josh & Gemma Make A Baby but it looks/sounds fun and I’m glad that you still had fun with it even if it wasn’t what you expected. I’m planning to re-read the SoC duo this year and I’m hoping that I’ll still love it as much as I did when I first read it ages ago πŸ˜‚ Hope you’ve been able to pick up a book this month already and enjoy whatever you eventually read this Feb!

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