January Wrap Up!

This is my first ever wrap up and I am so excited because January was a super good reading month for me! This month I have managed to read twelve books, although some of them have been short stories and audio-books – I’m still counting them because Goodreads does. I don’t really have much else to say apart from the fact that uni is stressing me out and I wish I had more time to read. Sigh. 
Anyway, here is all of the books and audio-books I have managed to work my way through this month.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’m actually embarrassed about how long it took me to pick up this book but I finally have and I’m super impressed. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, which was a pleasant surprise, and I also found the concept of the story incredibly interesting. I’ve never really read a book which involves time travel, or time manipulation, so I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and find out what’s going to happen to the characters and the world. Although, I’m not sure when I’ll actually get around to reading Hollow City because I have a ridiculous amount of books on my TBR and I keep buying more ahhh!

I thought this book was great and I’d definitely recommend it, it’s a solid 4/5 stars. I did a full review of this book on my blog earlier in the month, so if you want to check that out click here.

Before by Anna Todd

This book is a prequel/novella of After, by Anna Todd, a series which completely drew me in and made me want to pull my hair out – multiple times. Due to how addictive the After series is I knew I had to read this book, especially since it’s written in mostly Hardin’s point of view and he’s my favourite character in the series. Honestly though, this book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and it was just sort of meh. Obviously I liked the background information I found out about certain characters but apart from that, there’s nothing else I really have to sing praises for. 

I can take or leave this book, I’m not too bothered. I gave it 3/5 stars when I reviewed it, which you can find here.

The Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo is my absolute favourite children’s author and he’s the reason why I fell in love with reading in the first place. It’s been far too long since I’ve read one of Morpurgo’s books so I bought his classic collection audio-books recently and I plan on working my way through them over the coming months. 

This book in particular is one of the first books I read by this author and I still love it just as much as I did when I was younger. This story is about a little girl who finds a bear and the trials and tribulations she faces while raising him up. It’s a beautiful story even though the ending is quite sad. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who wants a light but meaningful read, 5/5 stars. 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I fell in love with this book within the first few chapters and wish I had read it sooner. Like seriously, this book is amazing! It instantly became one of my all time favourites as soon as I finished it.

This novel follows the life of a few different characters, including Eli and Victor – once best friends, now enemies. The characters in this book are complex in a way which I have never read before – they’re technically villains but I still sympathised and empathised with them – that’s a very talented thing for an author to be able to do. I can’t wait to pick up more of Victoria Schwab’s books and just marvel at how brilliant of a writer she is.


You can see my full review of this fantastic book right here.

The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo

This is another one of the audio-books which I picked up earlier in the month. I hadn’t actually read this one before so I was excited about it, especially since the name intrigued me. This story is about a little girl who lives on an island with her family and one day her brother runs away to travel the world. This book is written in a diary format, the little girl documenting the things which go on during the time after her brother leaves – one of these things being a shipwreck.

I’ll admit though, this isn’t one of my favourite Morpurgo books and it didn’t really interest me much but it’s still a nice little story. I just felt like the plot was a little dull. I gave this 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was another one of my favourite children’s authors and I’ll probably be working my way through a few of his audio-books this year as well. 

This story is taken from the point of view of a crocodile on his way to eat some children for dinner (lovely), the other animals he meets and the problems he faces when trying to actually catch the children from a nearby village. This is a fun little story and the reader of the audiobook was great, 4/5 stars.

Warm Up (Vicious #0.5) by V.E. Schwab

This is a short story set in the same world as Vicious by V.E. Schwab which I found super exciting because, as I’ve previously mentioned, Vicious is now one of my all time favourite books.

This story follows the actions of a man who died and came back to life – an ExtraOrdinary – and how he is coping with life after said incident. I don’t want to spoil anything for you if you haven’t read this or Vicious, so I’ll just stop here but this is a nice little addition for anyone who is a fan of Vicious. I gave this 4/5 stars on Goodreadssssss.

Dear Olly by Michael Morpurgo

I’ve really been powering through the audio-books this month, ooft. This is another one of Morpurgo’s books which I vaguely remember reading when I was a kid. 

This story follows the lives of three main characters with alternating points of views – seeing different parts of the story through each of their perspectives. This story focuses a good old bit on family, following your heart and helping people. It leaves you with a nice happy, satisfied feeing even though something potentially life changing happens to one of the characters. 

I gave this a solid 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Winger by Andrew Smith

Whilst doing my rounds on BookTube I came across this book all the time, people constantly saying how amazing it is. So, I decided to buy it on my kindle a bit out of the blue and I’m so glad I did! 

This is one of those books you go into thinking you pretty much know what it’s going to be about, but are rather surprised. This story follows the life of Ryan Dean West, a fourteen year old junior at boarding school. He plays rugby, is in love with his best friend and is a total loser. 

It may not sound like much but it is absolutely hilarious and the author’s writing style really lends well to the humour in this book. A definite 4.5/5 stars for me! You can find my full review for this right here

Trump Temptations: The Billionaire & The Bellboy by Elijah Daniel 

When I found out this actually existed I bought it straight away, how could I not? I don’t even know what to say about this short story except lmfao, 5/5 stars!


Stand-Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith

Ahhh, I loved Winger so much that I had to go out and pick up its sequel straight away!


This book still follows the life of Ryan Dean, now a fifteen year old senior, after the events of the last book. He’s dealing with a lot and has developed some anxieties which are becoming hard to live with. I can’t really say anything more without spoiling the story and I definitely don’t want to do that.


The plot of this book was lacking a bit for my liking but the humour is still there, along with a lot more depth which the last book didn’t have. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to be released, 4/5 stars for this one. You can read my full review for this here.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I cannot believe I’ve finally read this book. I have been meaning to read this since the movie came out which was in 2011. IT HAS BEEN FIVE YEARS AND I HAVE FINALLY READ IT! Sorry, I’m just extremely, overly proud of myself for finally picking this up.


This is a YA science fiction novel about an alien race that has been almost fully wiped out by an attack on their home planet. However, some managed to escape. The ones who got away fled to earth and have been living there for ten years. They are not safe though because they are being hunted down, one by one.


I knew before I went into this book that there were a lot of differences between this and the movie – which there is – but I still enjoyed both. I love the whole premise of this story, the idea is exciting and original which definitely gives it an edge.


Although I though the idea was great I do have quite a few issues with this book, resulting in me only giving it a 3.5/5 stars. Maybe this only deserves 3/5 stars but I’ve bumped it up anyway. I’ll be uploading my full review of this in the next couple of days so definitely keep an eye out for that if you’re interested.


Whoah, that was quite a long wrap up. If you’ve made it this far you definitely deserve a high five! 


Thanks for reading,
S xo

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