I know it's cliche, but I really want to get this year started with a bang in terms of reading and blogging. So if I haven't posted anything in a while, please come find me and kick my ass into gear!
I am keeping my TBR piles narrowed down to 5 books per month to keep it manageable. I have also promised myself that unless I read all these books, I cannot get anything new. The reason for this is that I have too many books I want to read but haven't yet. The struggle is real!
I am keeping things diverse too, so I don't get bored with one genre and reach for other books.
I can do this!!!
My TBR pile for January looks like this:
1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I first started listening to the audiobook of this and enjoyed it up until a point where I didn't anymore. This was no fault of the book itself. I blame the narrator and his tendency to be over-dramatic and irritating.
I was so happy to get a physical copy of the book so I can keep going on with the story without the urge to hit the narrator for being an annoying moron.
This novel is about Mia, an assassin-in-training, sets about on a personal vendetta to avenge the death of her father. I am currently busy with it and loving it!
2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I loved the first in this series and even thought it was better than Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas's debut series. For some reason, I have put off reading the sequel. It could be due to its size. I mean, at over 600 pages, this is pretty intimidating compared to my usual reads!
Apparently, there are some hot and steamy scenes which pushes this out of the YA bracket which is fine by me.
3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Three sisters are pitted against each other for the right to the throne. They literally have to battle to the death and only one can rule. How exciting is that premise?
This has also been getting really positive reviews from some of my favourite Booktubers, so I am really excited to give this a shot. I also enjoyed her other books and know the writing will be up to standard.
4. Refuse by Joanne Macgregor
This is the second in local author Joanne Macgregor's Recoil Trilogy. I had to reread this first one and am really looking forward to the other two.
In a near-future USA decimated by an incurable plague and tightly controlled by a repressive government, teenagers with special skills are recruited and trained to fight in the war against terror.
5. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This is a departure from my usual fare and is based on the true events of 1945 involving the sinking of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff. This was one of the most tragic moments in history which resulted in the loss of 9 400 lives.
Salt to the Sea is an acclaimed novel set around this tragedy and has won a Goodreads Choice Award for best Young Adult Fiction of 2016.
I enjoy books set during World War Two as this period in history fascinates me.
If you want to read up on the MX Wilhelm Gustloff, you can find the Wikipedia article here.
I really hope to finish all of these before the month is up! What do you guys have lined up to read in January?