Monthly Reading Wrap Ups, Reading Updates

Reading Wrap Up – January 2022

January wasn’t the best start to 2022 reading but I still read 7 books. Plus I hit 80% on NetGalley…and promptly got another approval but I’ll get back there soon. February was a little uneven, my work has been crazy and some days I just didn’t feel like reading after working 11+ hours. Other days, I totally binged books. Hopefully February will be better but here’s my wrap up for January.

Reading Stats

  • Books Read: 7
  • Pages Read: 3,065
  • Average Rating: 3.29
    • 1 – 1 star
    • 1 – 2 stars
    • 1 – 3 stars
    • 3 – 4 stars
    • 1 – 5 stars
  • Genre Breakdown
    • Fantasy – 4
    • Romance – 1
    • Sci-Fi – 1
    • Contemporary – 1

The Books

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord

3 stars – Full Review

First, I read my ARC of When You Get the Chance from NetGalley. This was fine. It was reasonably cute and some people will love it but it was a little too contrived for me. I honestly don’t remember much at this point, it was forgettable and middle of the road for me.

Artemis by Andy Weir

4 stars

I finally decided to bite the bullet and read Weir’s other book despite the mediocre reviews. I still liked his writing style but it didn’t have the urgency of his other books that I loved so much. This was much more of a typical sci-fi, the plot kind of reminded me of Illuminae. I ended up at 4 stars, it was good but not great. I’d probably be more excited about it if it was by any other author but I loved Weir’s other books so so much that it was a bit of a letdown.

The Beholden by Cassandra Rose Clarke

1 star – Full Review

This was another ARC from NetGalley and I hate to say it about an ARC but this was just bad. You can read all about it in my full review.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

4 stars

This well-loved romance was definitely cute and I understand the hype. It’s really hard for me to give a romance 5 stars and the scene in the hotel was too awkward for me to go any higher than 4 stars on this one. Very cute and worth a read but not quite the perfect book everyone seems to think it is.

Malice by Heather Walter

4 stars

This Sleeping Beauty retelling was very well done and so much fun. I was approved for the ARC of the second book in this duology and I’m really excited to jump into it. This first one was great, just a slow piece in the middle that bumped it to 4.

The Midnight Bargain by CL Polk

2 stars – Full Review

I listened to this book throughout the month. It just didn’t work for me. I didn’t understand the magic system. I didn’t like the main character. I didn’t understand reasoning behind the main point of the plot. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it.

Castles in Their Bones by Laura Sebastian

5 stars – Full Review

This ARC really surprised me and I absolutely loved it. This was like a retelling of classic YA fantasy romance tropes. Three sisters go to neighboring kingdoms to marry princes and destroy them from within. The stories individually are good, if a little predictable and typical. But the combination and way they are twined together is fantastic.

What’s Up Next

I’m not totally sure what February reading will be but I do know I have several ARCs to read and a couple books I’m really excited about. Here’s what I’m thinking February might include.

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