January Wrap Up

I feel like I’ve been starting every wrap up lately with “So I didn’t read much this month” and yeah… I didn’t read much this month. I don’t know what’s going on guys but I’ve been slow on reading lately. This month I did take an impromptu trip to the Canary Islands so that slowed me down a bit. I’ve never booked flights and gone somewhere in such a short space of time. My parents were there for three weeks and kept sending me photos of how nice and sunny and warm it was there. So I had a look at flights, found some cheap ones with Ryanair and joined them for a weeks. It was fabulous and I want to go back now!!!

My laptop is kaput so I don’t have any pretty pictures of the books this month sadly.

I felt like it was shaping up to be a bad reading month but Uprooted took care of that. If you only take one book from this review take Uprooted. It was so good!

Lady Chatterley's LoverSunglasses After DarkRed Rising (Red Rising, #1)UprootedMacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #14)Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence ★★★★☆

I was surprised by this book. It was a lot more than what I was expecting. I thought it was just going to be a story about a woman’s affair with a man of lower class and then they’d run away together. Job done. But I think there’s a lot more going on. There’s a lot of discussion about class and how poor people can become rich people, and a lot of exploration into the dynamics of romantic relationships and how they evolve.

Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins ★★★☆☆

Oh man. Where to start with this one. The thing is there is a really good story here but it got bogged down in lengthy flashbacks and recurring lazy editing. This book came out in 1989 which is fine BUT for some reason it was re-released and modernised in the last few years. Well she attempted to modernise it anyway, all she did was make a mess. The editing is so bad there are sometimes whole sentences repeated with just one or two words changed in it and a lot of spelling mistakes. At one point faces is written as feces. The odd mention of a DVD player to modernise it doesn’t effect anything and confused me because I knew this book came out in ’89 before reading it. And bumping the current events forward in time messed with the timeline for the flashbacks also making the human characters a lot older than I think they were meant to be.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown ★★★☆☆

It was ok… I had high expectations after reading a lot of reviews for the series but it didn’t really reach them. The concept is very interesting and it started out really well but I lost interest during the training segments. The story seemed to just stop. There is a lot of character development during that time but… meh

Uprooted by Naomi Novik ★★★★★

Amazing!!! Absolutely loved it! The synopsis makes it sound like a run of the mill Beauty and the Beast retelling but there is so much more to this story. It is amazing!!
I will definitely be rereading this. I don’t want to say too much about it but there are wizards, witches and an evil enchanted forest.

MacRieve by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Loved it but I did get a little bit bored near the end. I think it was stretched out just a little too much. Cole has a formula to her romance books so it can get a bit predictable. I think I just wasn’t in the right state of mind while reading it (I probably read this one too soon after the previous book). Overall I loved the story and can’t wait to find out what happens with Webb and those nasty wizard guys.

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire ★★★★☆

Awesome! I think this is a series that I will really enjoy.
Not sure about the audio though… The narrator is fine when doing Toby’s voice but everyone else sounds weird and often whiny. She pronounced a few Irish terms wrong which annoyed me a bit. Surely wouldn’t hurt to check before recording how to say something, would it?


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25 thoughts on “January Wrap Up”

  1. I know exactly how you feel with the slow reading. I just don’t seem to have any energy or time at the moment! I’m busy during the day and then when I pick up a book at night, I’m too tired to read more than ten pages.
    Your impromptu trip to the Canary Islands sounds lovely, though. I don’t know about near you, but the weather has been horrifically cold near where I am! I can imagine it was very nice to escape to somewhere a little warmer 😛 Which island did you go to?
    I bought ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ about a year back. A copy from the 1960s so it’s pretty vintage, but I’ve yet to read it. I’ve heard mixed things about ‘MacRieve’ and I’m excited to actually reach the point in the IAD series when I can actually read it and see for myself 😛 I really need to get back to that series!

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    1. I think it’s a good idea to pace yourself with the IAD series. They are pretty similar so it’d be easy get bored :/ I went to Gran Canaria and it is very cold with me at the moment as well. It was very sunny today but still quite cold.

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      1. Yeah, I know what you mean…I sometimes feel like I’m reading the same story over and over again but just with slightly different characters with new names. I kinda feel that way about the paranormal romance genre in general sometimes. It’s why I’ve had such a long break from it. I felt I needed something fresh.
        Yeah, it’s been the same here too! I’m finding it weird how variable the weather is. We’ll have a really mild day following by a day in the minus degrees!

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  2. This was the first time that I read a Wrap Up from you. I really enjoyed this. I also didn’t read much this month. I only read two books. In this month I wanna read five books. Two of them are manga. So, I guess, I will reach this goal! I would like to read the first book that you had reviewed but I said that I won’t buy any books until I finished almost every book in my shelf. I have so much to read. I guess, there are fourty books, which I didn’t read yet. So, I hope this pile get smaller and I can buy new books in some month. I really miss to buy some.

    Loni ❤


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