02 February 2012

Book Recap: January 2012

Here is a recap of all the books I read this month!

Click the covers to open their Goodreads page.

4 Jan 8 Jan 11 Jan 15 Jan
The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) The Fault in Our Stars The Future of Us
17 Jan 19 Jan 23 Jan 25 Jan
Lola and the Boy Next Door The Secret To Lying Mercy (Mercy, #1) Tempest Rising (Tempest #1)

 Dates listed are dates finished.

  • The Girl in the Steel Corset :: Kady Cross
    • If ever there was a single book that makes me love steam-punk, this is it!
      Plus it is set in London. So there is that. I am very excited for the next one! 
      • Additionally, this is one of those books where if done correctly would look really good on the silver screen. Jus' sayin'
  •  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? :: Mindy Kaling
    • I don't watch The Office other than the random re-runs on TBS but home-girl is ADORABLE and hilarious. Equally, this book is adorable and hilarious! I especially loved the chapter 'Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities;' it was both funny and accurate and I want to share it with every one of my best friends!
  • The Fault in Our Stars :: John Green
    • I. Love. John Green. Admittedly I have not read or loved EVERY book of his (LFA-really good, AoK-couldn't finish, PT-pledge to read by this summer, LiS comp-not yet read, WGWG w/David Levithan=love) but the man behind the career is pretty phenomenal. #FTL That is why I pre-ordered TFiOS on Day 1 back in June when I knew very little about it. Now, months later, I know I also went in knowing little about it and I think that way is a great way to read this glorious book about young love and life as a kid with terminal cancer which is NOT as sad as it sounds. Promise.
  • The Future of Us :: Jay Acker & Caroline Mackler
    • I really liked the concept of knowing your future and then how to cause "ripples" to change it. Honestly, Josh and Emma kind of got on my nerves at times. There's definitely laughy moments both with talk of AOL (I remember my first IM and email address!!!) and then the talk of Netflix and Facebook.

  • Lola and the Boy Next Door :: Stephanie Perkins
    • I had no idea I was going to enjoy this book so much!! Lola is everything I dreamed of being in high school and yet never was (except for the confidence); I enjoyed her themed outfits and wigs even though they creep me out in real life. I loved learning more and more about Cricket (COOL NAME ALERT) as she did. Plus, It was wonderful to have Anna and St. Clair back for a chunk of everything.
      But what kept me reading while I was wary in the first two chapters is that Lola's parents are two men who love each other dearly and who she deems as more strict than her parents friends. I love that they are front and center in the book. I love that Lola has a good/great relationship with them. I love that they are just like any other parents in real life (vs book parents who sometimes are hardly present and don't notice when their kids are {insert terrible plot/character here}.
  • The Secret To Lying :: Todd Mitchell
    • I didn't know what to make of this book. I liked it, yes, but it hasn't stuck with me the way most books do. I was drawn to the cover in the book store but ended it getting it from the library months later. Here is the summary if you are interested yourself.
  • Mercy :: Rebecca Lim
    • For me, the first 100 pages were torture but since I was reading late at night, I didn't notice that I had already hit halfway until I was too tired to read. I felt the first half was too slow and like I didn't know enough about Mercy to care about her. Maybe the way the voice is written left me with scattered information. Yet, the second half I really liked. In that last 100 pages I found myself trying to solve the mystery and couldn't put it down until I finished 3am.
  • Tempest Rising :: Tracy Deebs
    • At first I was a tad bit wary but ultimately I feel in love with this book and it's version of mermaids. But seriously, how would I not? says the girl with the water/dolphin tattoo. Book 2 comes out this summer! ;)
     && Harry Potter
I love my leather bound edition! #nerd
    Separate from my challenge to read 100 new books, I also decided to re-read Harry Potter this year.
    Harry Potter and the PhiloSorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • This is actually my first re-read of any Harry Potter books since the third movie was released in 2004!
  • I also have realised how much I miss Harry's world within the pages vs the screen or on Pottermore. (Though I have enjoyed Pottermore!)
  • via tumblr search "snitch"
  • I cried. Yep.

What books have you read this month?
Please feel free to leave recs in the comments!

          1 comment:

          1. I want to read Mindy Kaling's book! Have heard so much good about it!
            Why couldn't you finish AoK? Just curious!

            I read 3 books January and my favorite was The Thirteenth Tale, although the two other - TFIOS and Our Tragic Universe were very good as well.

            P.S. Your HP book is SO pretty!


          Dude, I totally love you back!