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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
Well, there you go—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? 😉
Cheers to a great bookish February!
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!