January 2021 Book Wrap Up

For once I am actually attempting to get this this wrap up up the first day of the month. Woohoo! Sorry I have sucked the last few months at actually updating the blog. I am hoping this year that I will be better at it, but I am not making any promises. On to the books!

The Books

This Is Kind Of and Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was super cute and I can’t believe it took me so long to actually read it after I bought it. The only pictures I could find of the book covered used their dead name, so I do not want to put it in this blog post. This book is centered around Nathan Bird who is still in love with his ex girlfriend, who is now once again his best friend, who left him to be with someone else. The story focuses on Nathan discovering his sexual identity and also explores how relationships with those in your life are constantly evolving, for better or for worse. This is very much a YA novel, but it is a quick read and took me about a day. I think it is worth it for everyone to pick up if you want a cute story about a boy learning to deal with the feelings he is developing for those in his life. (as a note, this book does not have cover art next to it because the author has come out as transgender and the book was originally published with their dead name. While you can now buy the book with their preferred name of Kacen, the only cover art I could find was using their dead name and I did not want to post that. It is a cute cover though!)

Losing Myself Brought Me Here by Jennae Cecelia

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Losing Myself Brought Me Here: Cecelia, Jennae: 9781099275319: Amazon.com:  Books

this is a collection of poems and I honestly gave it more stars than it probably deserved because I just do not get poetry. I try to understand it, I really do, but it just isn’t for me. I still try it out when I find a collection that sounds interesting just incase I change my mind and have some epiphany and it clicks. I dont think it ever will. That being said let me tell you a little about what these collections are about incase you like poetry. These poems center around the journey that the author has gone on in their life. You go from when they were feeling lost to how they found the road that has led them to where they want to be at this moment.

Ash Princess, Lady Smoke, and Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Ash Princess Series

In January I also ended up starting and finishing an entire fantasy series. The Ash Princess series was one that I didn’t go into expecting to love and came out of pleasantly surprised with my experience. It took me 10 days in total to read all three of the books since I was working and having to really do a lot of audio booking while driving to and from work. This series is about a young princess whose country has been taken over and her quest to take it back. There is a small romantic story line in the story but it is not center stage by any means. If you are someone who really doesn’t like love stories I think you would definitely enjoy this series because the decisions the characters make are not solely based on the romance plot line. However, if you thrive on love stories like I do then you will also likely enjoy this one because there is just enough that you get excited when it comes up and it keeps you rooting for your favorite character.

After the Fairytale by Terence Gray

Rating: 3 out of 5.
After the Fairy Tale by Terence Gray, Erin Day, Ian Thake | Audiobook |  Audible.com

Shockingly this was my only Audible Original that I listened to this month. It was very much The Bachelor in book form. It is short and sweet and took me about 4 days to listen to. I only listened for about 2 hours a day give or take because while I did enjoy it, it wasn’t something that I was dying to listen to outside of when I was driving to and from work.

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

Rating: 2 out of 5.
Amazon.com: Boy Toy (9780547076348): Lyga, Barry: Books

I am not going to go into this one. I was not a fan clearly. I read it because I dont DNF books and because I did not realize that content of the book until I started reading further into it. I thought it was going to be a consensual forbidden romance story between adults. That is not what it was. I also apparently bought this book while I was in high school because I found it in a box of books at my moms house. I gave it two stars because while I was annoyed that I did not know what the story was about when I started it was done MUCH better than All The Ugly and Wonderful Things, and it made it clear that it was not condoning the topic it was talking about. So if you know, you know.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Rating: 4 out of 5.
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch | Audiobook | Audible.com

I started this one as an audio book on a whim and actually really ended up enjoying it. This is the story of Carey who was abducted by her mentally ill and drug using mother who moves her to live in a camper in the woods. She and her little sister Jenessa are abandoned by their mother and Carey’s father and a social worker come to find them. While the story does focus on their life in the woods in the beginning of the book and in flashbacks it is mostly centered around their life after being found and having to adjust to work not in the woods. Overall this is a sad story, but if you are interested in abduction story lines you will likely enjoy this one. It does have a mostly happy ending, which helps the sad story.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Books on My Christmas Wishlist – Read 'em and Weep

THIS SERIES IS SO CUTE! It is the first graphic novel series I have read so I was able to read all three volumes in one day. I am not a graphic novel person, but I will be for this series. It is adorable. I read the first volume on Webtoons because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it and didnt want to spend the money if I did not. However, like basically everyone, I ended up loving it. I am going to be ordering all 3 volumes even though I have read them on Webtoons so that I can still support the author. Also these were my first 5 star reads this year, and my only this month.

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well Series, Book 1): Rin  Chupeco: 9781538469408: Amazon.com: Books

While I did technically finish this one this morning I am going to count it as a January read since I could have finished it last night but my boyfriend was not enjoying hearing a horror story playing at 11:30pm. He doesn’t like horror movies, let along horror books. I started this one not sure what to expect, but it was included with my audible subscription. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. It was inspired by a Japenese legend called the Bancho Sarayashiki. It is the same legend that the movie The ring is based on, so it has similarities to that movie was well. The stories are different though and if you are into slightly gory ghost based horror stories you will likely enjoy this one. There is a companion novel to this one that I will be starting today once I start getting ready for work.

That’s All The Books

My reading has really been up and down the last few months but I think 12 books (9 that were not graphic novels) is actually a pretty good start to the year. Have you read any of the books listed in the wrap up? Did you like the ones you have read? Did you dislike them? Are any of them currently on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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