January 2024: Monthly Wrap-Up

It is officially the last day of January and I am feeling very grateful indeed. 💓 After a pretty rocky 2023, the new year has started off quite well actually! Not to say that it hasn’t already had its own set of challenges (it has), but I am feeling good about how things are going.

I told myself I would redefine my priorities and redistribute my energy in 2024 (making a point to focus on the things that matter most to me), and I think I’ve done pretty well at that so far. (Though we are only one month in, so maybe I shouldn’t be too quick to congratulate myself.)

I’m so pumped because I posted so much on my blog this past month! And I’m really excited to share with you all the wonderful books I read – and the not-so-great ones too.

Books Read:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | Such a great read to start the year off with! Super atmospheric and beautifully written.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | I bawled my eyes out on an airplane while reading this novel. Absolutely no regrets.

Book of Night by Holly Black | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | I did not realize this was the first of a duology, but now I need the sequel! I just love Holly Black’s writing style.

Sistersong by Lucy Holland | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | Such great storytelling! Keyne’s storyline was by far my favorite.

One Last Sop by Casey McQuiston | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Love, love, LOVE. This novel feels like a warm, cozy blanket to me. See my full review here.

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Unfortunately, this one did not live up to the hype for me. Still a cute read though.

This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Such a good finale to the These Feathered Flames duology! Both sisters were great to follow and I loved their respective romances.

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller | ⭐️.5 | Ugh, I don’t have much to say. This one was silly in the worst sort of way.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Yes, I started the ACOTAR series and now I am down a drain of SJM reading. This first one was… all right. The pace was pretty slow, but I enjoyed the worldbuilding once that got started and how things picked up after Feyre went Under the Mountain.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | I struggle with this one. As a standalone? Incredible. As a sequel? Not the best. I really had to turn a blind eye to all the retconning done from ACOTAR to this one. But, even still, I get the hype.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | For the first 3 quarters of this book it was actually my favorite of the series! But in the end, I felt like everything came together a little too perfectly that it took away any of the stakes from the finale.

I’m thinking I might do a full ACOTAR series review once I’ve finished ACOFAS and ACOSF, but for now we’ll have to see.

Next Month’s TBR:

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas | Yes, I am of course continuing this series! I’ve already started this novel and am obsessed with Nesta (which is funny because she was definitely not my favorite character in previous installments).

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | As long as I don’t lose steam after finishing ACOSF then I think I’m going to spear ahead and read ToG by SJM next! I’m having a lot of fun just enjoying these romantasy vibes right now. Why ruin a good thing?

The Poisons We Drink by Bethany Baptiste | I am so excited about this one! I can’t wait to read and share all my thoughts on this novel. I’ll be posting my review for the blog tour at the end of the month. So keep an eye out for that!

What books did you read in January?

What are you looking forward to this February?

Let me know!

Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.

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