Hi everyone! Welcome to my first monthly wrap-up post of 2021. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. January has been so long. Working from home takes its toll to be honest, but I’m lucky I have the option.
Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read two books – These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong and The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (naturally we couldn’t choose between the two). After not vibing with the ARC of These Violent Delights, I only participated in The Bone Shard Daughter this time.
What an amazing story! The Bone Shard Daughter is full of twists, characters you can’t help but love and gets really, really creepy and dark unexpectedly. I have a full review on my blog! (Spoiler Alert – it received 5 stars from me – and most of book club in fact).
Next month, since we struggled even more to choose just one book, we have four book clubs going on!
- Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (actually won the voting haha)
- The Project by Courtney Summers (to break our hearts)
- The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (for the month of romance!)
- Shipped by Angie Hockman (the book we all thought would win the vote…)
I have read 25 books in January, somehow, and quite a few have been fantastic. I’ve already mentioned The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart, but there were many more!
In terms of Fantasy, I really enjoyed Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore. It really gave me that Graceling series nostalgia whilst also bringing new world-building and characters. You can read my review here.
I think I found a new book for the favourites list! The Switch by Beth O’Leary is a cute contemporary with a heart-warming take on generational differences. Leena and Eileen swap houses for a bit after Leena is made to take two months leave from her job in London. It made me cry, a lot and I think people of all ages will love it. You can read my review here.
In terms of re-reads, I think Such a Fun Age is also one of the best books I’ve read. It follows Emira, a Black girl in her twenties who babysits for Alix, a rich white woman with two young girls, Briar and Catherine. The character dynamics are absolutely gripping, and its messages strong. You can read my review here.
Finally, let’s talk audio. Listening to Audiobooks was one of my 2021 goals and I’m pleased to say I listened to 5 this month. My favourite was Monday’s Not Coming, a young adult mystery / thriller about a girl whose best friend Monday goes missing but nobody seems to care. The audio is great, with narration that really makes you believe that the protagonist is talking to you. You can see my review here.
Books to Look Out For
I read so many ARCs this month, and there were some absolute crackers! Let’s start with a romance that definitely made my favourites list. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert is the final book in The Brown Sisters series. I think it was my favourite of all 3, partly because I related to Eve so much. I love this series so much that I pre-ordered signed copies from Words and Kisses. You can find my review here, be sure to check this out when it releases in March!
Science Fiction time! Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell was such a brilliant surprise. It follows Kiem and Jainam on an arranged marriage style romance in a unique planet setting. This book is such a sweet take on sci-fi, it was such loveable characters and a really gripping plot. You can check out my review here, plus pick it up in early February really soon!
Next, let’s talk YA. I read A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, and honestly it was so, so heart-warming that I had tears in my eyes for the last quarter of the book? This is so much more than a romance as it delves into the lives of the children of Vietnamese immigrants, who happen to be the kids of rival restaurant owners. This one is out in the US in February, and the UK in April, so be sure to check it out then! You can see my review here.
Finally, I was really, really lucky to get my hands on an eARC of Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, who might just be my favourite author ever. This book did not disappoint – you can see why people are googling if Taylor’s characters are actually real people because there is so much depth and history that goes into their stories without it being overwhelming. You can see my review here, but the book doesn’t release until May. I’ll be for sure reading it all over again then with a physical copy in my hands!
Next month I have so much I want to read. I have more ARCs (Girl in the Walls, Friends and Strangers, Falling Down Under to name some…), some rereads (Six of Crows, The Winner’s Curse…) and some audio (Luster) planned.
How has January been for you all? Hope you’ve been doing well, keeping safe and enjoying lots of good books!
Do you think you’ll be reading any of the books I read in January? I’d love to know your thoughts!