After a rough reading year last year, I was worried my reading slump would carry over into the New Year. Thankfully, I was able to find a few books that I was really excited for to kick off the New Year. While I do not expect all these books to appear on my end of year favorites list, I enjoyed almost every book on this list. Here’s what I read:
- Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Even though from the description it contained some elements that I thought I would enjoy, like a ragtag team of characters, I was initially put off by how I never finished Illuminae and the mixed reviews from people who loved Illuminae. Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed this book and look forward in continuing the series.
- The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (★ ★)
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory was one of my favorite contemporaries two years ago, so I put The Wedding Party on my TBR shortly after. Since The Wedding Party was nominated for a Goodreads choice award, it appeared as a Kindle Daily deal early this year. Unfortunately for me, The Wedding Party suffered from a lot of missed opportunities. While this book had a lot of potential, it missed the mark in several ways for me.
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (★ ★ ★ ★)
Everyone is gushing about Tweet Cute, so as a fan of contemporaries, I immediately picked it up. I’m not someone who rushes out and buys a book, especially for authors that aren’t my auto-buys, but this sounded right up my alley. While I overall enjoyed Tweet Cute, some of the pacing (especially in the ending) was a little off for me.
- First and Then by Emma Mills (★ ★ ★ )
I have read one other book by Emma Mills, Famous in a Small Town, and my feelings towards that book are similar to how I feel about this book. For me, Emma Mills is an author with A LOT of set-up in the beginning of the book. While there’s always some emotional punch in the end, for me, it often feels like a lot of work to get to for the reward. While I think Emma Mills is a talented author, I think this style just isn’t my favorite.
What were your favorite January reads?
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