Amanda Reads – January 2018

What a month! Between reading challenges and the Cybils and finally hearing that I got my dream job (!!), January 2018 was one for the books. And the reading I got done! Oh man, I did some good reading. Let’s recap, shall we?

A note, before I remind y’all of the rating system – I can’t talk about the books that I read for the Cybils yet, and two of them are in this recap. So what I’m going to do is say a one sentence summary of what those books are about, and that’s it! I’ll be writing full reviews eventually, but it’s not going to happen until summer, at the earliest. Huzzah!

A reminder of my super classy rating system (puppies!):

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Book Review – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I knew this book would wreck me.

Not long ago, I sent an email to a friend with a bunch of book recommendations in it (more than he bargained for, I’m sure, but he didn’t know who he was dealing with), and I said that I sometimes put off reading the final books in series, because I don’t want things to end. I often get overwhelmed with my own feelings and feel empty and lost for days, sometimes weeks after. I knew that would happen when I finished this book. Other people had said it, and I’ve heard people ask Leigh Bardugo on panels if she’s ever going to continue the stories of these characters. She has always said that the Six of Crows bunch ends their stories in Crooked Kingdom, but some of the characters might appear in later books in the world, much like Zoya, Genya, and Sturmhond make appearances in Crooked Kingdom. This story stuck with people. And I’m weaker than most when it comes to fictional characters.

There was a reason I put off reading these books for so long. Because I knew they would wreck me. But here I go anyway.

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Book Review – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Where do I even begin??? Okay, ahem, I can fangirl later in the review.

I have been meaning to read the Six of Crows duology basically since I started diving into book twitter and heard about it for the first time. But I held off. I was a little bit scared of it, because everyone loves it so much and talks about it all the time and it really made Leigh Bardugo the queen of YA fantasy (for some… myself included now). But those hyped books freak me out. What if I don’t like it like everyone else? What if I read it and it ruins the Grishaverse for me? WELL. I shouldn’t have been worried. I loved the Grisha trilogy, but this book really showed Bardugo’s growth as a writer and storyteller. It was so so good.

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2018 Reading Challenges + TBR

Hey y’all, and welcome to the end of the year! There’s only one week left in this trash fire of a year, so naturally, I’ve been thinking about what I want my reading to look like in 2018. In 2017, I tried (and failed – but only because I stopped keeping track in about June) to complete three different reading challenges, and I found it… stifling. I’m a mood reader! I also tried to dive head-first into the ARC reading game that a lot of book bloggers play, and I found that stifling as well. Like I said – I’m a mood reader! So I’m doing something very different in 2018, and I’m really excited about it. It is two-fold:

  1. I’m done playing the ARC game for a while. I still have a giant pile of unread ARCs from 2017 and a decent amount for the first half of 2018 as well, so I’m covered for a while. I’m going to read what strikes me rather than worrying too much about deadlines and release dates. And maybe, by reading some of my backlist NetGalley titles, I can get my percentage up a little?
  2. My reading challenges are so much broader. I’m participating in two reading challenges this year, but they’re not about fitting books into boxes – they’re about completing your goals. And that’s the kind of reading challenge that I’m about.

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