Already the first month of the year is over. For me it was quite busy with studying for exams but I did my best to squeeze in some reading! This month I read 10 book, 3216 pages.
The first book was actually an audiobook! One of the things I want to try this year is listening to more audiobooks, which can help me read more books. The book I listened to was the 3rd and the 4th book of the 39 Clues middle grade series The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis and Beyond The Grave by Jude Watson. To be honest the 3rd book was sort of… forgetable that I only remember bits and pieces of it now. Dan and Amy go to Japan and then South Korea, the hunt for the clues continue on. The 4th book was definitely better, I do remember most than just bits and pieces but still wasn’t all that great, for one read it was fine. I still love Dan’s and Amy’s relationship. I have to say it’s definitely more for kids than for me, but I decided to finish the series so I’ll go on with it for sure.
- 3rd book: 3 stars
- 4th book: 3,5 stars
Book Depository: The Sword Thief | Beyond the Grave*
Then I read the second book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I can’t say I never have anything in Schwab’s books that I don’t like, because there is something but! Despite me not really liking Lila, I adored this book, if I had more time to read I probably would have finished it faster. I have a spoiler free review up of the first book and I have one of this one as well!
Rating: 4.5 stars
It wasn’t even the middle of the month and I already read another Victoria Schwab book. Last year they published the Hungarian translation of Our Dark Duett and I knew I had to get it and read it, so this is what I did! I still adore the book. Yes it has its flaws and there were things that could have been done differently, and yet I still love it. It was quite nice to re-read it, and I still cried at the end. Also they kept the concept of the original cover but remade it a bit and I adore it quite some!
Rating: 5 stars
I followed this with another re-read of another favourite, which is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The Hungarian translation came out around the end of last year and I knew I had to get it. And so after exams I decided to reward myself with buying it. Honestly I still adore this book and I totally went into fangirl mode as I re-read this book. I’ll make an effort to re-read it more often because I honestly adore this book so much.
Rating: 5 stars
Book Depository: paperback | hardback | collector’s edition*
After that I finally got to a book I got myself last spring during a book festival in Budapest. That book is none other than Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan. I really loved reading these stories in Percy’s sarcastic humour. I really hope for the next generations to come Rick Riordan’s books will be a must read because he knows exactly how to get the old stories through to the young audience.
Rating: 5 stars
I also ended up listening to the Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard. There are two novellas in this book, Queen Song and Small Scars. Queen Song is about Queen Coriane, how she meets Tiberias, how she navigates around court, etc. I quite liked this one, it was interesting to see how she became queen. Small Scars is about Diana Farley and an operation, how she meets Mare’s brother, etc. Now I liked this one a lot less. At times it was even confusing, I’m not sure if it was because of the narrator (both stories had different narrators) or if it was because of the story but I did not like this one that much.
Rating: 3 stars
Of course I still couldn’t miss out on reading manga volumes this month either. And since I have a quite long series to finish I had to go on. I read the 41st, 42nd and 43rd volume of Fairy Tail. I thought I did not get this far into the manga before when I first read this manga but actually I had! I only remember bits and pieces of the story so it’s almost like I’m reading it for the first time.
Rating: 4,5 stars
Book Depository: volume 41 | volume 42 | volume 43*
So this would be it! I actually managed to read 4 books of my 2019 TBR so I’m pretty happy about that! What did you read this month?