January 2019 Wrap Up

So, I’m just going to keep this short and quick.

Since I didn’t start this blog until mid-January, I didn’t get a chance to post my TBR for the month so here’s what I planned to read in the first month of the year:

It was an okay reading month for me – not the best start to the year, but okay. I finished 4 books.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A young adult contemporary romance novel following a Muslim-American teenager named Shirin as she’s starting at a new school in a new city post the events of 9/11; her two means of escape from the cruel reality – music and breakdancing. This story is inspired by the author’s own experiences.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Find my review here.

Sweet Valley Twins #92: Escape From Terror Island by Francine Pascal

This is kind of a short episode in a long middle-grade series about twin sisters and their life in Sweet Valley. In this episode, the twins are stranded with their friends on an island after a storm wrecked their ship, along with two thieves/hijackers who are planning to kill them.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fortune’s Soldier by Alex Rutherford

A historical fiction novel about a Scotsman who is sent to India to work as a ‘writer’ for the British East India Company right before the Jacobite Uprising, and about his life and the various roles he plays, and his friendship with Robert Clive.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.75

Find my review here.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

A young adult contemporary romance novel about a seemingly comfortable-in-her-skin fat girl, daughter of a former beauty queen, as she is dealing with the loss of a loved one and starting to face her true feelings about herself, her size and the strong-and-silent type guy she works with at the local fast food joint in their tiny town. Oh and there’s a beauty pageant.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Find my review here.

I’m also about 150 pages each into two very long books, but more about those in my WWW Wednesday post coming up in a few days. 🙂

How many books did you read in January? Which one was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!


20 thoughts on “January 2019 Wrap Up

  1. Oooooo I have A Very Large Expanse of Sea on my shelves to read at some point. I read 2 books in Jan which I’m happy with, as it was one shy of meeting my 3 book goal but I’m not overly fussed. Out of the two I read the first one I read was my favourite The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak hehe. Hope you have a great Feb, and welcome to the blogging world; how are you finding it so far?

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  2. Agghhh I need A Very Large Expanse of Sea, I have been hearing so much about it and all good at that. I definitely will be reading it soon.

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  3. I am interested in reading Dumplin as well. I did watch the Netflix show and enjoyed it more than I thought I would, so I think I will give the book a try

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    • I actually watched the movie in bits and pieces while reading the book and that may have contributed to me not enjoying the book as much as I’d hoped but it was going so slow and I really wanted to see the movie, I couldn’t resist. 🙈 It wasn’t a bad story, and I did like it, sort of..the book is quite different from the movie.. You should definitely give it a try though and I’d love to know your thoughts on it since you watched the movie first! 🙂


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