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.
- 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
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
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
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
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.