Best Books I Read in: January (and You Should Too)!

Sorry I left you guys waiting for this month’s list a couple extra days longer. I got distracted with snow and school and watching The Royals.

So in January I read a whooping 16 books! That must be an all-time best. I wanted to read as much as I could before the semester started–though I still read a fair amount the last two weeks of January, balanced with school work. Let’s get started!

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Short version here!
-WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin [asfghjkl masterpiece]
-MAP OF FATES by Maggie Hall [swoon]
-KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky [this book is effed up]
-EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone [cute! poetry! yay!]
-THE ANATOMY OF CURIOSITY by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton [yessssss]

Longer/cooler version here!

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OH MY GOD THIS BOOK. I love it SO much. I read it in a day because I just could not stop. I don’t think I’ve ever really read an alternate history book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was also wary of the subject matter since we’ve had a crop of Nazi Romance Book scandals in the last several months + last semester I took a class on Genocide, so the material was close to my heart. But this. book. was. incredible. Yael is such an amazing MC–she’s been through so much shit, but she still has so much heart, and it’s beautiful. The plot is nonstop and the writing broke me. Like, I had so many feels, it was disgusting [evidence below].

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The Conspiracy of Us was one of my favorite books of last year. I loved the characters and was totally hooked. I was so excited to win an ARC so I could read it and sate my fangirlsh needs! But who was I kidding, this book just made me need book 3! Again, spot on characters, humor, and sass. And swoony guys that actually made me CHANGE SHIPS. This has NEVER happened to me before. But as much as I love Jack Stellan, I’m here for Avery and her character growth and unraveling all the mysteries of this twisty tale. Okay, and Stellan. Full review coming soon!

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I’ve never really read short story collections before, but I’ve been in a writing slump recently, so I wanted to check this out since it’s a book for writers and readers. And oh man, I’m so glad I did! These stories and the writing tips/insights/notes  were incredible. The stories themselves were super interesting. I was hooked on two of them and found the other interesting but it just didn’t grab me, though the author notes were still invaluable. If you’re a fan of one or more of these authors or enjoy fantasy and richly woven stories, def check this out!

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I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I don’t even know how to talk about it and I want to review it, but you see how not knowing how to talk about this book could pose a problem. Just… just… I don’t even know. This magical book is somehow real. It has messy characters, insane situations, satire, a twisty plot, and GIRLS AND THEIR POWER AND FEELS. I’ll try to be coherent about this book some other time.

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The poetry in this book is beautiful! I thought it was also interesting to see a different manifestation of OCD that had more to do with invasive thoughts than the more well known neurotic tendencies. Even though this book deals with a heavy subject, it was a fluffy easy read with fun characters and a cute ship.

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What are the best books you’ve read recently? Have you read any of these?

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: MAP OF FATES by Maggie Hall

2016 is going to be an ah-mazing book year! Here’s one that gets me especially excited.

Waiting on Wednesday Theme: Book 2!

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map of fates coverTitle: Map of Fates
Author: Maggie Hall
Pub Date: March 8, 2016 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Amazon: Pre-order!
B&N: Pre-order!
Goodreads: Add this pretty to your shelves!

[due to technical difficulties, the synopsis follows below]

I am sososo stoked for the next book in The Conspiracy of Us series. Book 1 was so was fast-paced and twisty. Once I hit the Prada scene, I was sucked in. I didn’t stop until I was at the last page. And of course the end was like a punch to the gut. It’s been SUCH A LONG YEAR.

Whenever I look at this gorgeous cover all I can think is:

Think pink!

I need to see Avery, Jack, and Stellan again. I kind of ship both sides of the love triangle? Beyond romance, the world building takes you everywhere the characters are.

Plus, I’m here for anything that involves cat pictures. #ConspiracyofCats

You better believe there will be a continuation for MAP OF FATES. #MapofCats #CatsofFate

So Map of Fates! I think I already described what I was looking forward to in March on Goodreads, so I’m gonna replicate it below:

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Because what more do you need besides ladies kicking ass, boys, and bickering? Oh, and kissing. But I don’t think it’ll let me down because Conspiracy already had the best FAKE OUT MAKE OUT of all time. You know, when two characters who are totally in love with each other but won’t say so kiss in order to distract someone/hide/avoid detection and you’re left in a puddle of feels. What a beautiful trope.

So if you haven’t read The Conspiracy of Us yet, now is the time! Map of Fates is coming!

Decode the conspiracy, follow the map.

That’s totally not a real tagline. I just made it up.

Two weeks.

That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.

Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.

But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.