January 2015 Reading Wrap-Up!

I feel like January just flew by. One minute it was New Years then the new semester started and now I’m doing a wrap up. What? Where does the time go!?

I read a total of 6 books this month. This is more than my average of 3-4 which I attribute to being on break for the first two weeks. Nonetheless, I’m pleased with my choices.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien — the first book I finished this year. I guess you could say I started the new year with some reflections? I really enjoyed this book, however my main problem was the language felt a little archaic at times. It’s understandable for a book first published in the 1930’s but it made the reading experience a little stunted for me. 4/5 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky — wow. Just wow. I read this in about a day and absolutely loved it. I don’t know why it took me so long to decide to read this but I sure am glad I did. I also saw the movie and cried several long streaming tears. Definitely one of my favorites. 5/5 stars

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson — another great read. It started off so well but as it went on I felt it dragged a little. No fault of it’s own or Sanderson’s. The nature of this book and my personal interests just didn’t click that well for the first half. Once we cleared that hurdle though, it was amazing as usual. I needed a little time to recover from that ending. 4.5/5 stars

Divergent by Veronica Roth — it’s fitting that my first re-read of 2015 should be one of my favorite stories. As a psychology nerd, particularly one with interest in personality, I will forever love the concept of this book. However, I found it lacking something this time. Maybe I just hadn’t read widely enough the first time and now that I have I can notice some shortcomings. Either way, I still really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to my Insurgent re-read. 4/5 stars

Inked by Eric Smith — a debut novel! And I read it the month it came out!! I won’t say anything other than I did a review for this book which I will link here. 4/5 stars

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion — this book had me smiling, laughing, gushing and gasping. Don and Rosie were great characters. Complete opposites yet a great pair. It also coincides with a debate we were having in class this week about love; do opposites attract or do birds of a feather flock together? I am a bit scared to read The Rosie Effect however. The general consensus seems to be that the magic is gone. Very nerve racking. 5/5 stars

Looking back I didn’t rate anything I read this month less than 4 stars. It was a good month! And now to check in with Goodreads, I’m 12% done with my reading goal for 2015 and two books ahead of schedule. This pleases me because my next read is The Hero of Ages and you can be sure it’ll take me a while.

-GJA

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