Wrap Up: January 2018

Hey you guys! Welcome to my first wrap up post of 2018. To be honest with you guys, I was thinking about dropping this particular type of post because they don’t really tend to get that much interaction going but I also really love having these posts to look back on by the end of the year so I decided to stick with them. Though I might include some more statistics and try to switch it up a bit to keep them fun for everyone involved.

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whichwood.pngAs you guys might remember, I read Tahereh Mafi’s Furthermore last year and talked about how I excited I was for Whichwood‘s release and this month, I finally was able to read it. In audiobook format because I absolutely love the narrator for these books!

And while it’s been a couple of weeks since I finish this I still haven’t found the words to properly express how much I enjoyed this story. All I can really tell you guys is how much I loved this book, Tahereh’s writing and world building and the relationships that were formed and developed in Whichwood.

I really hope Tahereh continues to write stories set in this world because I am not ready to say goodbye to it just yet and I feel like there is still so much more world left to explore and characters to meet!

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the cruel princeThe next book I finished reading this month (though a week too late, seeing how it was an eARC copy) was Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince! I won’t really go into too much detail about what I thought about this particular release, as I wrote a review for it which you guys can check out here!

simon vsAnd speaking of books I won’t be talking much about because I would just repeat myself over and over again about how much I absolutely adore this book, the characters and just simply everything about it. I think all you really need to know is that this is the third time I’ve read this book since July. And actually, as I am writing this wrap-up post I am about halfway through the audiobook again (I’ve gotten back into Sims 4 this month and listening to audiobooks is the perfect way to play this game) and I’ll probably finish it by the end of the month too. Which means I’ll have read it TWICE in the same month.

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scytheThe next book I finished this month (while creating quite a few Sims) was Neal Shusterman’s Scythe! A fellow German blogger had mentioned that Spotify had the audiobook for this up so obviously, I jumped at the opportunity. And I am so, so glad that I did!

I loved, loved, loved the narrator for this audiobook so much! I feel like he really helped creating a setting that was quite mysterious which I really appreciated. The writing was pretty awesome, the characters on their own were great and I loved the world building and politics in this book. The only thing that really bothered me was the romance element in it and it bothered me so much that I couldn’t give this book a 4-star rating like I wanted to. But the romance influenced the plot too much and it just didn’t feel organic the way it was developed.

Throughout my own reading updates, I kept talking about how much it bothered me in this book because I felt like the story would have been so much better if it weren’t for the romance in it. And it’s not like I don’t like a good romance in my books. I love it! But it needs to work within the story. And it just didn’t.

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the long way

I feel like I might have talked about getting a review copy of The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet‘s sequel in the mail this month (the German translation, that is) before, so I obviously had to read the first book in order to continue and you guys. You guys. I am so freaking happy that I asked the publisher for that sequel because I enjoyed this book so much!Β 

You may have noticed that I don’t read a lot of sci-fi usually but I figured I would give that genre a try this year and see if I can find some fantastic books there for me. And I have to say, so far so good!

I really liked the different relationships the characters formed in this book. The Long Way features a cast of characters that includes both humans and aliens and an AI. All three groups have various relationships with each other which made it really interesting to follow their story! And from what I’ve seen, the sequel promises to be really good too!

The discussions around family and what it means to each character were really fascinating too because family isn’t just someone who might be related to you by blood. We get to define what family means to us and even create our own family dynamics – within and outside of the people that are related to us by blood.

Overall, a truly enjoyable read that I absolutely flew through and can’t wait to continue!

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autoboyographyUp next, I finally read Autoboyography by Christina Lauren! I’ve had this book on my radar for months now – that cover drew me in right away! This was also an audiobook I listened to and I have to tell you guys, I couldn’t put it down until I had listened to the entire book. And while the audiobook is about 8-ish hours long, it only took me about 4 to get through it as I always speed them up.

I really liked Tanner and Sebastian relationship – even though it was pretty insta-lovey, but we knew as much from the synopsis. I especially liked that we got to explore a relationship that featured a bisexual and gay boy. And on top of exploring their relationship within those aspects, we also explore it in the context of religion as one of the boys is a Mormon and the story is set in a mostly Mormon town.

From what I have seen of reviews when this book came out, the representation seems to be pretty accurate when it comes to the Mormon aspect of the story. Cece’s review still is the one that sticks out to me the most, but there are others on Goodreads that you guys can check out too!

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Now, let’s quickly recap this month’s reading with some fun infographics I’ve created!

age group

To the surprise of absolutely no one, we see that I mainly read Young Adult books this month and a single Middle Grade book in the form of Whichwood! I honestly should step up my game and read some Adult novels too.

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Again, I feel like this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as I constantly talk about my love for audiobooks! And now that I’ve discovered that Spotify actually has audiobooks on there too? Yeah, expect this number to grow even bigger this year. I’m actually currently listening to An Ember In The Ashes whenever I play Sims 4 which is up on Spotify too – for any fellow Germans out there!

gender

Yet another non-surprise! I’ve read mainly female authors this month too and I honestly don’t see that changing too much? I just really enjoy the writing of so, so many female authors and just thinking about my ‘not yet released’ shelf on Goodreads, the majority of the books are by female authors too.

genre

This, on the other hand, is a bit of a surprise as there are two sci-fi novels on here! I honestly don’t read a lot of sci-fi (or I go through phases of reading a particular genre/type of book – remember the dystopian phase a couple of years ago? Yeah. I read MAINLY dystopian back then.) but I want to make a bit more of an effort to change that this year. What I do really love is the fact that I’ve already got two contemporary novels under my belt for 2018. I think I kind of figured I would leave my contemporary phase until closer to summer, but apparently not!

type of book2

This? Yeah, totally not surprised by these numbers. I am a huge fan of any type of series. And while I will usually complain about having to read through all that world building (it’s honestly my least favorite part about most books that are part of a series) I love spending books and books and BOOKS with the characters I come to love. I mean, I’ve read a total of 14 books by Cassandra Clare that are all set within the same universe for exactly this reason.

rating

Lastly, we have a break down of my star ratings this month and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve read so far this month! I don’t tend to give too many 5 stars whenever I rate books (for whatever reason) and I’ve had 4-star books make it onto my favorite books of last year list – so it’s all good!

Oh my, you guys. I just saw how long this post ended up getting. I am so sorry. I hope you’re still awake and actually reading this post? Do I need to pass a coffee over to you to wake you up again? Or a tea? I’ll break my own rule of not providing hot beverages after this post!

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Now, onto you guys’ reading months! What did you read this month and did you enjoy it? Have you read a book you can already see ending up on your Best Of list at the end of 2018? If so, let me know!

How do you guys feel about these types of wrap-ups? Do you think this is too long and I should try and make them shorter next time? Or do you enjoy long posts? Speaking of changes you’d like – is there anything you would like to see in my monthly wrap-ups? Let me know, please! πŸ™‚

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32 thoughts on “Wrap Up: January 2018

  1. Ugh, I want to read Autoboygraphy SO MUCH!! I feel like I will really love the rep & the story. And ooh I’m glad you loved Long Way to a Small Angry Planet! I had no idea it was queer until about last month, so it’s definitely jumped up on my TBR. πŸ˜‚ Hope you have a fantastic reading month in February, Swetlana!

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    1. I had no idea it was queer either until I listened to the audiobook! And it has SUCH interesting relationship dynamics (romantic ones too) that I feel like we don’t usually see in YA and this being a story in SPACE and with ALIENS I’m really glad Becky went where she went!

      Thank you, May! I hope so too! How has your reading month been in January? Or is school keeping you way too busy to get any reading done?

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      1. Ooh, that’s so good to hear! I always love romantic and non-romantic relationships in YA. It’s definitely higher up on my TBR now!

        Ah, my reading month was not as great as I’d wanted it to be. School definitely was in the way, but I started The City of Brass at the beginning of the month… and still haven’t finished. πŸ™ˆ

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        1. Oh I hate whenever that happens with a book! I’m kind of in the same situation with The Girl In The Tower… I wanted to have it done by release but never went back after chapter 4…. even though I WAS enjoying it more than the first book’s beginning. I hope you can make it through City Of Brass though! I seem to hear only positive reviews about the story so far – it would suck if you wouldn’t enjoy it! ❀

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  2. whoa that is a lot of book! i plan to read simon vs next month, i heard so many great things about it and can’t wait to read it! also, thank you for that info on scythe audiobook on spotify! i never tried audiobooks before, but i really really want to read scythe so i’m listening to it now!

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  3. I loved this wrap up so much! YAS TO READING SIMON VS!! I adore that book so freaking much and can’t WAIT for the movie. Autoboyography has been on my TBR for the longest time and i’m glad to see you liked it! That definitely inspires me to want to pick it up sooner πŸ™‚

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  4. Ooh, I loved both The Cruel Prince and Scythe (though I read them last year)! I actually didn’t really think there was much of a romance in Scythe, but that’s just me. 😝 I still have yet to read Autoboyography, but I bought a physical copy last month, and I’m hoping to read it later this year! I’m sure I’ll love it! πŸ˜„

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  5. Looks like you had a much better reading month than I did πŸ˜… I’m so glad you enjoyed Simon vs; I’m hoping to reread it next month to get me in the mood for the movie. And I want to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet so badly! I’m on a book buying ban at the minute so hopefully, I’ll get to read it at some point in the year 😊

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  6. Oh I love all the stats that you are doing – that’s so cool 😍
    I love seeing you get all excited about Simon Vs – I couldn’t resist and reread it too in January πŸ™‚ But we have to wait until June for the movie 😭 Time to reread it another time, maybe? πŸ˜€

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    1. Those stats were kind of getting on my nerves though as they wouldn’t quite turn out the way I wanted them too. It’s been too long since I’ve actually used Excel. xD

      I did actually finish a SECOND reread/listen of Simon VS in January. It is honestly getting ridiculous at this point. But it’s also such a fun and quick read!

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  7. TAHEREH MAFI!!!!!!! AUTOBOYOGRAPHY!!!!!!!! SIMON VS!!!!!! THREE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS IN THE WORLD.

    Iβ€˜m soooooooo glad you liked Autoboyography ahhhhh I just want to shout about it all the time because it means so much to me! And I also loved Ceceβ€˜s review of it and I think itβ€˜s awesome that she shared some of her personal experiences with the religion!

    Iβ€˜ve seen so much hype around The Cruel Prince when it first came out and everyone was praising it… and now, there are more and more negative reviews coming in saying that itβ€˜s overhyped so now Iβ€˜m CONFUSED. I think I wonβ€˜t buy the book myself but possibly try out the audiobook and see what I think!

    Great wrap up, Swetlana and I really liked the use of graphics! I hope February will be another good month for you and you get a lot reading done ❀

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    1. Huh, I don’t think I’ve heard any negative reviews for The Cruel Prince yet though it’s bound to happen, right? With how hyped it was and everything. Yeah, I think the audiobook is a great way to go since you can just give it back if you find yourself not enjoying it and you won’t have ‘wasted’ your money!

      Thank you, Jackie! πŸ™‚ I need to find my reading motivation I think – I’ve been too obsessed with Netflix again, especially the show Dynasty. It’s so soap-opera-esque and you just can’t.stop.watching. I hate and love it! xD Hope you have a fantastic reading month too! Which reminds me, that I need to read your wrap up too! *heads over to your blog*

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      1. Oh yes, that is honestly the best thing about Audible and I’m so grateful! There were so many books already where I debated whether I should buy them or not, and then I listen to the audiobook and I didn’t enjoy it, I just give it back and no dent will have been made in my bank account XD and if DO enjoy it (which happens more often than I would like), I will obviously purchase the book XD

        haha I’m about to start The Bold Type and I think it might distract me from my reading as well oops! Haha don’t you worry about that, I struggle to keep up with posts as well :’)

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