books of the month: january 2019

Hi! Only one month of the year and I already failed at a bunch of things I’d like to do. No, it’s not really that serious, I’m not a resolutions kind of person but I did write down a couple things I’d like to get done regularly and I’m… not that great at that. Oh well. (For example I’d love to finally get all the blog posts written that I have started weeks and months ago. I haven’t even looked at one of them.)

Anyway, I read six books this month, my new Goodreads challenge for 70 books is well on its way and I’m so happy about the wonderful books I have read! Yay!

Of those six, two were webcomics and I’m getting really into those so I hope I’ll continue reading them and some others!

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TBR wrap-up

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • String City by Graham Edwards [ARC] (currently reading)
  • The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Favourites

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

My rating: ★★★★★

This is a surprise five stars. I heard a lot about this book as basically every book blogger I follow read and loved it but when I started reading it I at first didn’t fall in love with it. It took me until after I had read the wonderful author’s note to understand why I love this book so much.

But oh, is it brilliant. From the wonderful, interesting and complex characters to the unique and super captivating plot.

Read my full review here.

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”

On A Sunbeam: A WebcomicOn A Sunbeam: A Webcomic by Tillie Walden

My rating: ★★★★★

My skin is clear, my crops are thriving, life is good again.

Reading this webcomic might have been the best decision I made so far this year. On A Sunbeam is such a wonderful, beautiful, diverse, funny, heartbreaking, GAY story and I loved every panel of it.

The art style is so stunning I want to print everything out and hang it on my wall. I don’t really read webcomics or comics in general so this style feels kinda new to me but everything about this is perfect and you should read it.

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman

My rating: ★★★★★

I don’t own this book yet but I’m desperate to do so because in the last week or two I read every single update of this wonderful story and it made me so happy and I couldn’t stop smiling and my heart honestly ached from the cute I just… ahhh.

I love everything Alice Oseman writes.
(and draws!)

Good stuff

(it pains me to put Vicious in the good stuff section but I can’t just put four books into favourites I mean what)

Vicious (Villains, #1)Vicious by V.E. Schwab

My rating: ★★★★☆

This book is incredible. I love everything V.E. Schwab writes and this book is no exception. It’s full of stabbings, pain, monstrous humans and humane monsters and more-than-just-morally-gray characters and I so love that so much.

I really can’t wait to read Vengeful now.

My full review is here

The moments that define lives aren’t always obvious. They don’t scream LEDGE, and nine times out of ten there’s no rope to duck under, no line to cross, no blood pact, no official letter on fancy paper. They aren’t always protracted, heavy with meaning. Between one sip and the next, Victor made the biggest mistake of his life, and it was made of nothing more than one line. Three small words.

“I’ll go first.”

Doctor Who: The Good DoctorDoctor Who: The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson

My rating: ★★★★☆

 

This is such a fun little story and I basically flew through it. I love the Doctor in this regeneration so much and her companions are so brilliant. Juno Dawson captured all of their characteristics and accents so well, I honestly felt like they were coming to life in my head.

The plot of this novel is about religion and racism, desperation and hope. It has some wonderful themes despite some very cliché plot points and I definitely enjoyed reading it.

“There’s always been me and there’s always been the message.”

“What message is that?”

“Hope. Always hope. This is not the end. The end of a chapter, perhaps, but the beginning of a new, better one.”

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

My rating: ★★★☆☆

This was both interesting and super boring. Which is basically how I feel about most classics. The themes explored in this book are certainly fascinating and I for sure like thinking about books/knowledge/lack thereof/the influence of media etc but I like to do that more when the characters are actually interesting/no assholes. And maybe, just possibly, a bit less 100% male.

Not a bad read though. And it was short, so that’s a plus.

February TBR

Not quite sure what to put on this month’s TBR because I have no idea what I’ll be in the mood for/how much time I have for reading. We’ll see.

  • The Bird King by G. Willow Willson [ARC]
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • String City [ARC] (over 60% through but I’m totally stuck right now…)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge [German ARC for this]

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I hope you all had a wonderful month! Please tell me about the amazing books you read this month! And does anyone have any webcomic recommendations?

See you soon ❤

2 thoughts on “books of the month: january 2019

  1. Ahh I’m so glad you loved Monty’s book! it is ADORABLE and hilarious and definitely one of my all time favourites too. 😍 And Vicious! LOVE Vicious. I also want to read Heartstopper but I feel like I should read Solitaire first haha, it’s on my TBR…I just need to get to it!

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