I SAY GOODBYE TO JANUARY AND MY FOREHEAD PIMPLE || A MONTHLY WRAP-UP FT. MINI-REVIEWS

Hullo, bookdragons!

I certainly didn’t expect January to go on for 72 years but it’s officially over now AT LAST. I’m a bit sad that the first month of 2019 has ended because it brings me closer to March a.k.a my death month (it’s the time of the year when my college and scholarship examination results will be posted) AND I AM NOT READY. January was the month of birthdays, examinations, dance practices, book mails, and forehead pimples which turned me into a huge puddle of mixed emotions (especially the pimple).

To know more, let’s break down my January, shall we?

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READING

I didn’t read just as many books as expected but GR says I’m three books ahead of schedule and A DRAGON IS STILL HAPPY. I read six books this month, four of which are books written by Asian authors and I’m taking this as a huge achievement. I’m devoted to supporting Asian books and I’m happy that I’m making progress on that area.

The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge also helped in motivating me to support more Asian books. What is this challenge, you ask? Check out my post here to know the details.

HERE ARE SOME MINI-REVIEWS OF THE BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH:

(Click the book cover to go to the book’s profile. Click the stars to read my review.)

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1. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

What I loved about this book: The unique writing style is gripping. There are complex characters plus an underlying mystery to everything that will make you question your own existence. World-building is also something that will make you clap in awe.

Why you should read this book: THERE IS A THREE-HEADED DRAGON. AND NECROMANCY. PLUS MONSTERS AND MAGIC. Totally a shriek-worthy book.

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2. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

Rating: Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

What I loved about this book: It’s even better than The Bone Witch and I will probably spend my whole life telling the world to read this series because that’s what it deserves. The crowning glory of this book is Tea’s character development. Homegirl can run me through with her dragon and I won’t even complain. The foreshadowing is A+ and I didn’t get tired of reading all the action sequences. Tears were shed while reading this book.

Why you should read this book: IT’S PERFECTION WITH A CAPITAL P. It’s full of adventure, has queer rep, is Asian-inspired and the writing is poetic. The three-headed dragon is still here and the necromancy is raised one notch higher. 20/10 would recommend.

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3. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

What I loved about this book: It’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid which I’m absolute trash for. Nothing in this book is rushed. Even though it’s a standalone book, the elaborate world-building and action sequences felt carefully mapped out.

Why you should read this book: It has mermaids, pirate princes, stabby sirens, and an over-all fairytale vibe that will enchant you. It’s a book worth of a hundred ballads.

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4. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

What I loved about this book: Descendant of the Crane is full of court intrigue and mystery. I seriously didn’t know who to trust while reading it. At first, the pacing was slow BUT ADAM THE SECOND HALF WAS STABBY AND DELICIOUSLY PAINFUL. Hesina (the protagonist) improved a lot over the course of one book and I can’t wait to read what awaits her next time.

Why you should read it: It’s dubbed as the Chinese Game of Thrones and is a blackhole of plot twists and schemes. PLEASE PRE-ORDER IT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T YET.

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5. How We Bent the Light by C. J. Lamere

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

What I loved about this book: It’s a fast read with an atmospheric vibe and the most adorable m/m protagonists. It was confusing though and I really couldn’t connect with the story even after I finished reading it.

Why you should read it: If you’re looking for a short book to read in your spare time, this one’s perfect for you. It also has a lot of takeaway lessons on love and friendship.

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6. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜….5Β 

What I loved about this book: It’s an emotional read with a protagonist who has OCD and a huge love for her mother that I can very much relate to. I loved how genuine the writing is and how it boldly shows the violence during the 1969 riot races in Malaysia.

Why you should read this book: It’s an eye-opening story which tackles an issue that still goes on our society today. THERE’S ALSO NO ROMANCE in this book which is a bit refreshing in my case (and yours too I hope).

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BLOGGING

My smol son is thriving because I got 2k+ views this month and reached 800 wordpress followers! I am once again thankful for all the time you spend reading my content.

I’ve also improved for about 5% on blog hopping. It’s a small number but an improvement nonetheless. I’m finally breaking through the barriers of our slow internet connection and the choking grasp of school to find time to comment on other bloggers’ posts.

In fact, here are some of my favorites for the month of January:

✨ My sistah Clo @ bookdragons247 shares to us some tips and insights on book reviews that will help a lot of book bloggers.

✨ Kaleena @readervoracious wrote a review for The Gilded Wolves which I loved very much! It’s full of wisdom and is one of my most favorite reviews for TGW so far.

✨ CW @ thequietpond posted all the information about the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and y’all should check her post and sign up now! Go ahead and join us to support Asian authors 😌

✨ Kat @novelsandwaffles started the #NewAdultRevolution and posted a list of NA books written in the YA style. It’s overflowing with great book suggestions you should check out!

✨ Nandini @unputdownablebooks interviewed one of my favorite authors Roshani Chokshi which was highly entertaining to read.

✨ My fave Cait @PaperFury finally revealed the cover for her second book, The Boy Who Steals Houses and IT’S A PURE GEM. I may have screamed for five minutes too. Pre-order and add her book on Goodreads now!

✨ Destiny @howlinglibraries posted her best 2018 picks for the fantasy genre and I loved every word of it. The list contains some of my absolute favorites and you should check everything out.

I’m also going to put my January posts here because you may want to read them again:

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Well, there you goβ€”my January in a nutshell. I also want to thank all my Twitter mutuals for hearing my plea and helping me boost my bookstagram! I finally reached the 1k mark and it’s all because of your support. Instagram is a mystery I haven’t fully cracked yet but this dragon will never give up. That’s what great fire-breathers do, right? πŸ˜‰

Cheers to a great bookish February!

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How did your January go? Did the year start as well as you wanted it to? Tell me more about the books you read this month too!

31 thoughts on “I SAY GOODBYE TO JANUARY AND MY FOREHEAD PIMPLE || A MONTHLY WRAP-UP FT. MINI-REVIEWS”

    1. Descendant of the Crane is so close to publication date I’m so excited for y’all to read it! I’m glad January was a good reading month for you. Here’s hoping that your February will be one too.

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  1. Sounds like you had a great time reading in January– lots of stars going around. I need to read descendant of the crane– it sounds SO good!! And the bone witch books sound really good– I will have to add them to by TBR, after all a three headed dragon is missing from my life.
    Congratulations on your blog– 2k+ views is awesome and 1000% deserved!! πŸ’› and well done on 1k on Instagram!! Yay!!
    January’s been alright for me– the books have mostly been average but I was able to stay on schedule with my blog πŸ˜‚
    Have a great February!! πŸ’›

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    1. YOU DEFINITELY NEED A THREE-HEADED DRAGON IN YOUR LIFE. The Bone Witch and Descendant of the Crane are two must-read books! Thank you so much for all the support. I hope you had a wonderful January too πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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  2. I really love how you style your posts. You’re one of the people that I look up to in blogging and you motivate me guys to do better πŸ’– plus, love this post! Most of the books here are in my TBR and hey, I’n currently reading The Bone Witch!!! Loving it so far ✨ you had a great January and I wish you all the best for February!

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  3. I only read about four books this January when normally it is my biggest reading month of the year (that and December, lol), but two of those were five stars! And I rarely rate 5 stars!!!! It also snowed a ton here and my college (which is known for not cancelling) did twice and I am the happiest girl alive. (I may or may not have left snow angels everywhere)

    So, I’m guessing by your gushing, that The Bone Witch is worth reading??? I’ve wanted to for a while, the cover is GORGEOUS, and I always pass it by at the library … perhaps I should check it out? I’m sure that my other twelve library books wouldn’t mind… πŸ˜‚

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    1. PLEASE READ THE BONE WITCH. The second book is even better! I highly recommend the series.

      I’m glad you had two 5-star reads in January! I relate to the i-hope-my-school-suspends-classes-during-these-difficult-times thing. Mine is the same and it frustrates me when all the schools in our town have suspended classes but mine hasn’t. I’m happy you got to leave snow angels everywhere πŸ˜‚

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  4. Aaaaah thank you for sharing my post sis! And go you for reading 6 books and 4 of them being by Asian authors much proud I am of you. I read 2 books in January so eh, it was decent and I’m hoping to slowly read more eventually. When I get my head back in the reading game that is ❀

    Also I am planning to buy Bone Witch soon….because between Lauren, Soph and you my sis I have no reason to delay reading it hehe ❀

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    1. LAUREN AND SOPH RECOMMEND IT TOO? My soul sisters are out here spreading dragon awesomeness. Two books read in a month is okay! I hope you get your head back on the reading game soon 😊

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  5. oof March is definitely a struggle month! sending you all the good vibes and luck I can spare πŸ€

    I enjoyed The Bone Witch and I’m so glad to see you did too, everyone can shriek about it together – and everyone seems to be LOVING the descendant of the crane and I am SO excited to finally read my ARC soon haha. congrats on 2k views and 800 followers!

    I didn’t get back into classes until the 21st so I got through a whopping 26 books somehow? I’m still in shock. but I definitely won’t have that kind of time in February (I can feel the midterms looming in the shadows as I type this) πŸ˜•

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    1. 26 IS A CRAZY NUMBER. School really interferes with reading which is not cool. Good luck on your midterms! I know how awful exams can be. Sending you all the luvk and chocolates.

      P.S. YES LET’S SHRIEK ABOUT BONE WITCH TOGETHER

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  6. I need to read The Bone Witch this year!! Three-headed dragons? Where has this book been all my life? (I mean, it’s been on my bookshelf since it was released because NECROMANCY, but still!)

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  7. Hey Rain! I’m sure you crushed all your exams! And just for a hypothetical scene, if you didn’t the HSG bookdragons can always go and blast your examiners into smithereens with our fiyahh….❀
    Can’t wait to read these books, especially, To Kill A Kingdom and How We Bent The Light. I cannot believe I haven’t read a Thousand Perfect Notes yet. It’ll siriusly be the next I read. I’m so sorry, Cait.😭
    I hope your February goes better than you expect! 😘

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    1. Aww thanks for the smashing offer, Myra! I know you wizards always have my back. (love you all!) PLEASE READ ATPN SOON. You’ll love it I’m sure. Have a great February, sis!

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  8. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Bone Witch series! I hope to read it soon if my library sees the request I’ve put in for it! Descendant of The Crane looks SO AWESOME, like the cover is gorgeous so I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And The cover for cait’s new book is gorgeous and I can’t wait for it’s release! Have an awesome february!

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    1. The cover for Descendant of the Crane is a full course meal and so is the content! i’m really hoping you get to read The Bone Witch because I want more bookdragons to scream about it. Have a great February too πŸ’•

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  9. eep I love recaps, LOVE ‘EM. And oh congrats on reading so so many good books this month (and all the Asian ones too yessss). I really loved The Weight Of Our Sky but woah was it an intense read. 😭😭and I’m telling myself I am 500% going to read Descendant of the Crane this month. As well as do 93489 other things beacuse I swear, January is TOO LONG and February is TOO SHORT and why couldn’t they share a few days between them???? This would just be fair.

    i hope February is really great for you and gooddddd luck with the nerves for March coming *sends you all the chocolate cakes*

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    1. *eats all the chocolate cakes*

      I’M SCREAMING ABOUT THE SHORTNESS OF FEBRUARY. How can I read more with only a few days left in this month??? Please read Descendant of the Crane too! I’m DYING to know all your thoughts. I’m glad you loved this recap! 😊

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  10. This was such a great wrap-up! I finished the Bone Witch this month, and now you’ve got me all excited for the The Heart Forger. I NEED MORE PERFECTION IN MY LIFE, so I’m obviously gonna pick this book up. Also, thanks so much for the link up to my post πŸ™‚ My heart is all mushy-gushy now from happiness πŸ™‚

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  11. Congrats on 4/6 reads in January being by Asian authors, what a great start to YARC! And most of those were good reads, too! YOU! WERE! BLESSED!

    Congrats on 5% increased efficiency on blog hopping, it takes some time to get into the groove but any you can do is great! I had to reduce the number of blogs that I follow so I don’t drown. Womp womp.

    Thank you so much for linking to my Gilded Wolves review, your comments mean so much to me! I am glad you liked it so much, I am touched!

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    1. You’re one of my blog hopping inspirations and I’m striving to be just as dedicated as you on that task. I honestly love your TGW review! Definitely one of the best reviews ever written. I’m looking forward to more great YARC reads. We should also schedule that Jade City buddy read one of these days πŸ˜„

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      1. Awww you are too incredibly kind and I cannot handle it! Start small and try to just hop via your blog comments whenever you have the time. Once that’s a habit, see if you can fit in hopping via reader or whatnot.

        YES to Jade City! This month is kind of a crap shoot for me, and I know March is your death month. Let me know when would be good for you!

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