Thursday, 1 February 2018

January 2018 Recap


Well it's 2018, we're already at the start of February and I'm really not sure how that happened! How has your year been going so far? I've been doing a lot of rereading this month and its given me the chance to catch up on some of my outstanding reviews which has been good. I like to try and start the new year with a clean slate and I'm pretty close now so that's good enough for me.

Books read in previous months but reviewed in January:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Tangleweed and Brine - Deirdre Sullivan (Read in September, review coming soon)
  2. Vanguard - Ann Aguirre (Read in October, review coming soon)
  3. Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson (Read in October, review coming soon)
  4. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon (Originally published in the UK as Cross Stitch) (Read in October, review coming soon)
  5. Even the Darkest Stars - Heather Fawcett (Read in October, review coming soon)
  6. The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli (Read in October, review coming soon)
  7. Artemis - Andy Weir (Read in October, review coming soon)
  8. Lonely Planet Nepal (Travel Guide) (Read in October, review coming soon)
  9. Innkeeper Chronicles Volume 1 - Ilona Andrews (Read in November, review coming soon)
  10. Cherish Hard - Nalini Singh (Read in November, review coming soon)
  11. Otherworld - Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller (Read in November, review coming soon)
  12. Total Surrender - Rebecca Zanetti (Read in November, review coming soon)
  13. Iron Gold - Pierce Brown (Read in November, review coming soon)
  14. To The Nines - Janet Evanovich (Read in November, review coming soon)
  15. Vampire Fight Club - Larissa Ione (Novella) (Read in December, review coming soon)
  16. Bad Moon Rising - Sherrilyn Kenyon (Read in December, review coming soon)
  17. Ceremony in Death - J.D. Robb (Read in December, review coming soon)
  18. Beast in Shining Armor - Cassandra Gannon (Read in December, review coming soon)
  19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay (Illustrated Edition) (Read in December, review coming soon)
  20. Shadow Bound - Rachel Vincent (Read in December, review coming soon)
  21. The Brightest Fell - Seanan McGuire (Read in December, review coming soon)
  22. Of Things Unknown - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (Read in December, review coming soon)
  23. IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler - Ramin Zahed (Deluxe Book and Model Set) (Read in December, review coming soon)
  24. A Valiant Light - Jana Oliver (Read in December, review coming soon)
  25. Heart on Fire - Amanda Bouchet (Read in December, review coming soon)
  26. The Golden Umbrella: Nepalese Folktales - Eva Kipp, Hem Rai, Dilip Sapkota, Rajendra Bajracharya & Parmeswari Shrestha (Read in December, review coming soon)
  27. Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium - Paul Kidby (Coffee Table Book) (Read in December, review coming soon)
Books read in January:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Danger's Cure - Amanda Carlson
  2. Tangleweed and Brine - Deirdre Sullivan
  3. Write in Water - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)
  4. Rosemarked - Livia Blackburn
  5. Unchained by a Forbidden Love - Felicity Heaton
  6. Magic Bleeds - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  7. Faefever - Karen Marie Moning (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  8. Red Rising: Sons of Ares - Pierce Brown (Graphic Novel) (Review Coming Soon)
  9. To Seize a Wayward Spirit - R.L Naquin (Review Coming Soon)
  10. The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz (Review Coming Soon)
  11. Oath Bound - Rachel Vincent
  12. Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium - Paul Kidby (Coffee Table Book)
  13. Red Rising - Pierce Brown (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  14. Golden Son - Pierce Brown (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  15. Creative Incentives - Kit Rocha (Short Story) (Review Coming Soon)
  16. The Vilka's Secret - Pearl Foxx (Novella) (Review Coming Soon)
  17. Morning Star - Pierce Brown (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  18. The Cruel Prince - Holly Black (Review Coming Soon)
  19. Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs (Review Coming Soon)
  20. Iron Gold - Pierce Brown
  21. Moon Called - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  22. Alpha & Omega - Patricia Briggs (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  23. Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  24. Claimed in Shadows - Lara Adrian
  25. Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  26. Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  27. Target Practice - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (Review Coming Soon)
  28. Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
Other January Posts
January Books of the Month:
(Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

My top YA reads in January:


Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (read my review here) - There is absolutely no doubt that this will be in my top books of the year list!
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (read my review here)

My top NA read in January:


Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh (read my review here)
(This is probably technically an Adult Romance but it's the closest I got to NA this month!

My top adult reads in January:


Claimed in Shadows by Lara Adrian (read my review here)
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet (read my review here)
The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (read my review here)

You could also count the entire Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs in this list but I don't usually add rereads to this list. My friend and I reread this series every January though so that should give you an idea how fantastic it is!

January Events:

I'm a HUGE fan of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series so when I found out he'd be in the UK to celebrate the release of Iron Gold of course I had to immediately buy a ticket for his event at Foyles. He was interviewed by Claire North and followed by a Q&A with members of the audience and then a signing. The interview was hilarious, lots of great questions and some fun insider information was revealed about the series. I was lucky enough to meet Pierce a couple of years ago at a Howler Party for Morning Star's release and was really shocked when he recognised me! I'd made another one of my Red Rising inspired book folds to give him as a gift and I think he was pleased with it too.

Me with Pierce / Pierce with the book fold I made him

My Challenge Updates:

Here are the 2018 challenges I've signed up for:
2018 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 19/200
2018 British Books Challenge - Read 2/20
2018 New Author Challenge - Read 1/20
2018 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 11/100
2018 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 0/20

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