MONTHLY WRAP-UP #11 | January 2019

Hi, everyone! Can you believe it’s already February? Because I sure can’t. Well, here’s what I’ve read this past month, and what I’m currently reading!


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars


This was the first book I finished in 2019, and I loved it! I don’t read as much middle grade as I would like, so I really enjoyed this one. It’s a spooky ghost story with Cass, a girl who can see and talk to ghosts, and Joacob, her ghost-y best friend!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

5/5 stars


Another V.E. Schwab book finished, and I loved it even more than City of Ghosts! I loved everything about it: the characters, the plot, the magic, the setting. All of it. The book follows Kell, a magician, and Lila, a girl with the love for adventure, as they try to take a mysterious stone back to its rightful place. Please read it, it’s my new fav next to Six of Crows.

Sula by Toni Morrison

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars


If you’re interested in classics, black authors, or anything remotely connected to either of those two, look into Sula. I’m usually not for books considered classics, but I really enjoyed this one. Sula is about the lives of two childhood best friends, Sula and Nell, throughout their lives.

Maurice by E.M. Forster

⭐⭐⭐ .5
3.5/5 stars

This one doesn’t have an official review because I read it for a class. It was pretty good; nothing to call home about, though. I wasn’t really connected with any of the characters. However, I do have to say, that last scene between Maurice and Clive made me laugh. I don’t think it was supposed to? But it did.

Sister Citizens: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

Another book for a class — I’m almost halfway through it, and so far, so good. It’s pretty self-explanatory: it delves into stereotypes about Black women in the United States and how shame may affect them. There’s a lot I’ve annotated so far, so if social science and race are your thing, give it a try.

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

It is so hard for me to finish e-books, apparently. I started this in the beginning of January, and I’m still working on it. It’s not bad at all — I’m actually quite enjoying it — but I just can’t seem to bring myself to open the Kindle app on my laptop. The Shadow Girl is about an invisible girl, both literally and metaphorically!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

So this would have been finished, except 65% of the way through the audiobook, my account decided to log itself out. And the password and login weren’t saved. Pair that with the fact that I didn’t feel like digging out my library card (it was through OverDrive), and you have an unfinished book.

There you go, my January wrap-up! I didn’t do qute as much as I wanted to, but that’s okay. I’ll have all next month to catch up! …Says every reader every month.

Let me know what you’ve read this month! What was your favorite and/or least favorite book of the month? Do you constantly see yourself pushing books back to read?

Until next time~



21 thoughts on “MONTHLY WRAP-UP #11 | January 2019

  1. Nooooooo, that’s got to be a bummer with OverDrive and Prisoner of Azkaban – I think that happened to me with Obsidio a few months ago. Do you plan on going back and finishing it (or like me, attempt to find the spot…)? I’m always pushing books back from month to month, though there are some that get pushed to the front depending on my mood.

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    1. I like OverDrive becuase, at least for audiobooks, I can check it out again and it automatically brings me back to the spot I left it at!

      But honestly, if I get to it this month, great, if not, I’m just stopping my re-readathon, lol. It’s not a big deal, and tbh, I’m slipping out of loving HP anymore anyway.

      I find myself adding too many books to my monthly TBR all the time, so I constantly push back, lol.

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  2. I’ve been wanting to read ADSOM. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    I’m also rereading Harry Potter and I’m on Harry Potter and the The Half Prince. Too bad you got logged out, hopefully you’ll be able to log back in!

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    1. …Spoiler alert, I haven’t touched it since the last time, when I got to 33%, lol. But yes! I’m excited to see where it goes, and I’d be glad to let you know how the rest of it was, if you’d like.

      Aw, thank you! I see a bunch of people doing it, and found it an easy way to chip away at the unread books that are taking over my shelves, lol.

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  3. yay for starting off the year strong! it’s great to see that you’ve read some pretty great books, and quite a few of them – I also always feel like I’m behind, but at this point I’m just working on accepting the reality that I’ll never catch up with my TBR 😅 as with my goals, I’m still trying to get through the ones that I planned on finishing last year oops.

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    1. Your last sentence is such a mood — I am constantly trying to catch up on books I’ve been meaning to finish!

      And it sort of balances out for this month because so far, I’ve only read through one book I’ve meant to read? Lol, the rest have been impulsive ones that I saw were available on OverDrive.

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