Monday, February 6, 2017

IMWAYR | January Wrap Up

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Okay, so this will be awesome because it's nearly as long of a list as the last time I posted one of these. You know that old adage, So Many Books, So Little Time? Yeah. Right here.

But before we get into that -Let's honor a little thing I call Corny Joke Monday!
Now on to the Wrap Up!

January Books and Reviews

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
4/5 stars | review posted Jan 26
Arden's debut novel about Russian folklore and fairy tales it's absolutely GORGEOUS. I gave this book 4/5 stars and can't wait for the two sequels promised by the author.
Check out my review for it!

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse AndersonBook Club Read
3.5/5 stars | review posted Feb 8
This isn't something I would have picked up for myself, but it was actually pretty good.
Full review coming Wednesday!

The Blacklist: The Beekeeper No. 159 by Steve Piziks

4/5 stars | review posted Feb 10
I'm always wary of tie-in novels because they tend to either be horrible or mediocre, but I could not resist a novel for The Blacklist. And this one is actually good!
Full review coming Friday!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab | Audiobook

4/5 stars | PG-13 for swearing and sexual references
Schwab writes fascinating characters. Victor Vale and the rest of her Vicious cast completely captivated me and I'm glad to see it wasn't a fluke. Kell and Lilah are great dual main characters supported by a cast of equally interesting supporting characters, though I admit Kell is the more fascinating of the pair. I also love the worldbuilding and the magic system at play -a series of different Londons in different realities, some with and some without magic. I can't wait to read the next one.

One Punch: Vol 1 by ONE
3.5/5 stars | comics mini review wrap up to post Feb 13
I watched the first episode of the anime awhile back and I thought it was hysterical. My sister discovered our library carries the manga, so I snagged it from her.

January Blog Posts

February Reads

It's going to be another full month of reading because I hit the library again.

I'm almost finished with this one! I had to switch from audio to book because the discs were damaged, which is why it's taking longer. :P

High priority ARC read!

I'm maybe...a quarter of the way through this? I also had to switch from the audio to the book, so there's no guarantee I can finish it. :P

Gotta confess, I've already started this and I love it. ^_^

My current audiobook. We'll see how far I get before I can't renew it.

And because I'm a glutton for punishment, I went crazy with my library card again...

I ADORE her book Wildwood Dancing and can't believe it's taken me so long to try another of her works.

Confession: I've read the first three pages of this book a few times already and have never been compelled to go farther. I'm trying it again because it's a friend's favorite and, in case you hadn't noticed, I'm in a Beauty and the Beast retelling mood.

So far, my satisfaction with this series has been fair to middling. I keep reading them because they keep getting a little better, the twists a little more interesting -and this one sounds like it's going to be the BEST YET. *crosses fingers*

I'm going to be honest. I didn't even list all the books I've got piled up right now. These are just the ones I most hope to get through this month.

Bonus! What I'm Watching:
Do you even need to ask?

What are YOU reading right now?


  1. I'm currently reading Dream Magic (sequel to Shadow Magic). I so enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic though, must read its sequel.

    1. I had to look up Shadow Magic; it sounds fantastic! I'll have to add it to my TBR. ^_^

  2. Nice looking list. I want to read A Darker Shade of Magic but haven't had a chance yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Darker Shade is definitely worth it. I listened to the audio and kept making excuses to clean just so I could listen to it. XD
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hooray for great library hauls! I've heard so many wonderful things about 84, Charing Cross Road. I hope you love the rest of it!

    1. It reminds me so much of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows -which I adore!- though I know 84 isn't a love story. Oh, but the humor is the same and I wonder if Shaffer was inspired by 84.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Mm just came across 84 Charing Cross in my audiobook this day, as I listened to The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend and my interest was raised. Good to hear you like it. Love the hopscotch!

    1. That's funny; The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend audio came across my desk and caught my interest because I was reading 84 Charing Cross!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. So many great looking books! I haven't read any of these, but have a few on my TBR. I'm especially curious about The Bear and the Nightingale, because I keep seeing that one around.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you're having a great week!

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

    1. That's usually me reading through most blog posts. So many books! I'm not surprised The Bear and The Nightingale keeps popping up; it's a really fantastic debut. I'd definitely recommend it.
      Thanks for visiting!

  6. Oooh! Lots of goodies here! We watch The Blacklist, so that's interesting that you read a tie-in. I love folklore and fairy tales so I'll have to check out The Bear and the Nightingale. I LOVED Heart's Blood, so I hope you do too. Lots of Beauty and the Beast retellings in those three books. I hope you enjoy them all! And thanks for stopping by too. :)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

    1. I had never heard of Heart's Blood before, so I'm glad to hear you loved it! I can't wait to read all these retellings. Or watch more of The Blacklist. I'm a little addicted.