Wrapping up January ’17

I am not sure “wrap up” is really the right word for this. Let’s talk about how bad I have been at reading this month and how I eventually realised that I have officially fallen into a reading slump.

As you may know, I am currently spending a semester abroad in Florida. I am taking a lot of super interesting classes over here and of course I am trying to get around a lot to get a good and thorough experience. However, I also have to pass classes. That means I am a) incredibly busy both with experiencing Florida, and studying for my classes here, and b) I have to read a hell of a lot of stuff for my classes. I also have to write papers I have never had to write before, like thesis papers.

In short: It is quite overwhelming and I am having trouble keeping up. This means really came short this month.

I have dnf-ed A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir for now, because I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t really care for Laia or Elias, and I am not really bothered about the plot at all. However, the emphasis is on “for now”, because I do want to read it at some point. Now is not that point unfortunately.

I have not given up on Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor yet, but it’s slow going.

Apart from those two, I have most recently started reading about four books of different genres. I have the hope that reading a couple of different things, I am going to find the story that gets me out of my reading slump. However, that is just an idea at the moment and it is still slow going. I hope February is going to be better, but no guarantees.

But, as I just saw on my Goodreads, I have finished quite a few books this month. I am going to keep this short, though.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

5 stars on Goodreads

I am pretty sure, I already put that in the Wrap up of December 2016, because I finished this book on January 02nd. I had finished most of it before. Either way, I absolutely and completely loved and adored this book and the whole series! I am enamoured with the characters and the world, I am fascinated by the amazing storytelling qualities of Leigh Bardugo. She’s a true artist when it comes to writing and I absolutely admire her for the Six of Crows duology!

King’s Rising by C.S. Pacat

2.5/3 stars on Goodreads

This was the last book in the Captive Prince series, which I really enjoyed. I have spoken about these a couple of times, so I am not going to go into detail. It is not the best-written story ever, but it is highly entertaining and fun to read. The romance is sweet, but also realistic in the world it is set in.

The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat

2.5/3 stars on Goodreads

This was just a very short little fanfiction-like short story about the two main characters of the Captive Prince trilogy. It was cute and fun, but possibly slightly out of character. It was also so short, I’d say it hardly counts as a full book, but January was a difficult reading month so I take what I can get.

Metropolis by Thea von Harbou

(no rating)

I had to read this book for my Film class, so it doesn’t really count I suppose. I mean, I read the whole thing, but certainly not because I wanted to. It’s difficult, especially in English. Maybe I should have tried reading it in German. Either way, I didn’t enjoy it very much.

Re-read of the month

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

5 stars on Goodreads

I am really really glad I re-read this book! I loved it even more than the first time and there were a couple of things that made more sense to me the second time around. A couple of things left me wondering and had me doubting the romance, to be honest, which I hated and couldn’t really explain. But after re-reading it and looking out for certain things, I’ve definitely fallen even more in love with this book!

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