January Wrap-up

January has allowed me to begin 2017 on a good note. I’ve so far completed 3 books out of my 20 books target for this year. And, although my goal is significantly smaller than other avid readers, I thought it best to keep my goal realistic and achievable, considering my actual reading habits as of late. So here is a wrap up of all the books I read in January and my general opinions on them. Also, a mention of what I am currently reading and what I think so far.


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The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid

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The Diabolic is an all out there Sci-fi, that feels more like an intense political drama, which is set in space. Kincaid’s representation of the main protagonist, Nemesis, was brilliant. I related so strongly to this leading lady and because of that, I engaged with the novel on an emotional level – which has been a difficult task for a while now. I rated this 5/5 stars, so I certainly recommend checking this out.

I plan on releasing a review for this read soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

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I was sent a copy of Optimists Die First for review by Penguin Random House over on Netgalley – you can find that review here. I genuinely adored this book, despite its flaws, and awarded it a 4.5/5 stars. It’s a quirky and funny easy read that addresses some sensitive topics in a respectable manner. The cast is brilliant and entertaining, allowing you to engage with the story. This book brought me to tears, and lifted my spirits, sometimes within the same page. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

With Malice by Eileen Cook

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With Malice was an enjoyable read and the writing and the mystery were fairly engaging. Plus, I adored the ending. But, it’s one of those reads that you enjoy, and then forget about it 2 months later.  Compared to my other reads of January, it was average. I rated it a 3/5 stars and plan on doing a review, where I will explain my reasons why.


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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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Synopsis: A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was released at the beginning of the year and I was sent a copy from review from Sourcebooks Fire. I’m not that far through it yet, however it’s interesting. The main protagonist is unusual compared to other main protagonists as she is not a nice person. She says the wrong things and judges people immensely. It’s a perspective I am not used to reading. I’m intrigued. Hopefully, I will finish this book soon so that I may release a full review.


As always, have you read any of these books? Share your opinions down below!

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