First of all: I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! I just can’t believe it’s 2018 already – how has the time just flown by so fast? I’m so grateful for everything that happened in 2017. 2017 was a year full of changes – it was chaotic, but it has also been a great year. Hopefully 2018 will be even better! Without further ado, let’s get started. It’s January already, which means that it’s time for my December wrap up!
I was planning on reading a total of only five books in November and December, since those two months have been crazy busy. In reality I didn’t finish a single book in November – which was mostly because I had exams which I had to study very hard for. However, in December I read four books – not that bad at all, right? I was planning on reading The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.
I managed to finish One of Us Is Lying and Tower of Dawn, which I gave 3 stars. I also read The Last Namsara and Thirteen Reasons Why, which I really enjoyed and I gave them both 4 stars! I didn’t read Caraval, even though I did have the time to read it. I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t really excited when I started reading it – again, since I’ve tried to read it before. I’m not sure if I’ll try reading it anytime soon.
As for January, I’m planning on only reading two books. I know that’s not a lot, but January will be very busy, since I’ve also got some very important exams coming up this month! Here are the books I’ll be reading:
1. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
“Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.
Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.” – Goodreads
This book sounds so mysterious! I’ve also read Marieke Nijkamp’s book This Is Where It Ends, which I really enjoyed and just couldn’t put down. I’m hoping it’ll be the same with this book. So far I’ve only read the first couple of pages, which already sounded really good. I’m excited to read more!
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
2. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
“When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.
Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.” – Goodreads
I first heard of this book when I saw it on the Instagram page of the Dutch publisher, and I really liked the cover, so I looked it up on Goodreads and got very curious to read it! When I e-mailed the publisher, they were happy to send me a review copy, so here I am! I can’t wait to start reading, the story sounds amazing. I’ve never read anything written by Whitney Gardner before, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it!
Those are the two books I’m planning to read. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish them both in time to study for my exams! What books are you planning to read this month?