January Reading Wrap Up and Why I No Longer Make Monthly TBR's | Books

February 05, 2017

Today I am going to be sharing with you all what I read in the first month of 2016 2017 as well as having a little chat and (hopefully) a discussion about why I am choosing to not make Monthly TBR's anymore.
I am really happy that January 2017 has been pretty good reading month and I have been able to get lots of books read. I haven't done many wrap ups as I had a bad reading slump last year, but I thought that today I would share what novels I have been reading in combination with a bit of a chatty segment about why I won't be doing Monthly TBR's piles/posts  anymore.


So this month I read 6 books, which is really good because my goal this year is to read only 30. I would love to read more though, but this is a big exam year for me so I would like to focus on revision a little more. Nevertheless, this is a great start as I didn't read as many last year.

Blood Brothers

Finished On The 3/1/17
I have to read Blood Brothers for School, but this is the first time I read it cover to cover. Before I had gone through it and highlighted quotes and did some annotations.

Blood Brothers is a modern tragedy by Willy Russell, a Liverpoolian writer from the 1970's. This play has a lot to do with superstitions, fate and the conflict between classes.
I think that the play was very enjoyable to watch, as I watched it on Youtube, here. Additionally, I find that it was very well and cleverly written, but it isn't really something that I would pick up if it wasn't for school.
More to come in my review of it, which probably won't be for a while, but if you want it soon, then let your thoughts be heard in the comments!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Finished on the 16/1/17
I received an ARC of Caraval a few months ago but only got around to reading it early this month, before it came out! I loved it, it was absolutely amazing. 
❝Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world.❞
Caraval is an annual game held by the illusive Master Legend where the players are immersed in an elaborate performance. This year, only days before her wedding, Scarlett Dragma is whisked off her home island to the Isle de los Suenos, where anything can happen.
This book was seriously enchanting and definitely a 5 star read. Look out for my review soon!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Finished on 18/1/17

I don't really feel like I need to put a description of this book here because pretty much everyone knows what it is about as it has been the apple of all Harry Potter Fans eye, until most of them read it to be honest.
I have to say that I am part of the mixed bunch. I found that it was an enjoyable book but it didn't feel like JK Rowling to me. Or maybe I didn't imagine.
I don't know. As you can see I am fairly conflicted about it

The Sun is Also A Star By Nicola Yoon

Finished on 24/1/17

I really loved this book
I really, really loved this book.
I think that Nicola Yoon is going to be one of my new Jandy Nelson's. And that it saying something. 
I don't want to share too much because I will have a review coming out on this book, but it takes place over one day and it is about an illegal immigrant called Natasha and a Korean American boy called Daniel, meeting each other.

Am I Normal Yet? By Holly Bourne

Finished on 27/1/17

I got this book ages ago, I think at YALC 2015, when I won a giveaway for a signed, limited edition copy.
I picked this up because I thought it would be a more lighthearted read and it really was. I enjoyed it and will be writing a review up soon!

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Did not Finish. Will never Finish
Stopped Reading Deliberately.
Refuse to dwell any more on this book specifically, but a blog post will be up about my thoughts on potentially this book but others in the genre of "celebrity books"

I am currently reading Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson, but more on that will be in next months wrap up!


*Disclaimer- I don't mean to force people to agree with me or offend anyone with my views. This is purely my opinion*
I used to really enjoy making "TBRs" (to be read lists or piles) and felt that they were fun and quick to make, but this year I have made a point to not do to be read piles or posts as I did last year and in years before.
After being in a huge reading slump which lasted months, I realised that I read in moods. Having a TBR makes me feel obligated to read the books on that TBR, so that at the end of the month I can feel accomplished that I have completed all the books on that list. However, when I do not complete that month's list of books because I read less or I didn't read those books, I feel a little demotivated, regretful and ashamed. And I don't want to feel that way. When you make yourself read something that you won't enjoy, it makes you unhappy and unmotivated to read anymore. I don't want to do that to myself, therefore I am making the decision to not make TBRs. 

What do you guys think? Do you agree or disagree with my decision? Let me know in the comments

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