January Wrapup/February TBR

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You know what my favorite part of the month is? The beginning, when everyone is posting their wrapup and TBR’s of the month past and new month. So here I am doing the same.

In the month of January I finished City of Ashes, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Divided in Death, Beautiful Lies, The Lady in the Tower, and The Scorch Trials. I also read, but haven’t finished, A Dance with Dragons and The Fiery Cross.

I loved all of the books I read this month. You can see what City of Ashes, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Divided in Death, and The Fiery Cross were about in my January TBR (along with links to their Goodreads pages). The Lady in the Tower is a book by Alison Weir focusing on the fall of Anne Boleyn and those in her circle. Anne Boleyn has always interested me, as she has interested many others with the story of her life and tragic fall. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner is the second in the Maze Runner series, where Thomas and the Gladers deal with many other terrible trials, because what they had to deal with in the first book was not enough. The only problem I had with the book Beautiful Lies was that I really was never sure what that book was exactly about. But I loved it so I didn’t mind too much. I’ll just re-read it one day.

February

Now for the February TBR List!

I’ll be continuing The Fiery Cross, the fifth book in the Outlander Series. I discussed this book in last month’s post. It’s still great, it’s just also really long.

I’ll be reading book three in the Mortal Instruments Series, City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones and City of Ashes were both wonderful, and just like last month I really couldn’t wait to start City of Glass, so I started it earlier this week, and it’s been great so far.

Continuing in the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, I’ll be reading book two, The Sea of Monsters. I absolutely loved The Lightning Thief and both started and finished it on January 1, devouring the entire book in a matter of hours. I expect to finish this one quickly too. Percy’s quests are wonderfully written and who doesn’t love PercyBeth?

I’m on to book nineteen in the In Death Series by J.D. Robb, Visions in Death. Eve and Roarke and Mavis and Peabody and all of the other recurring characters are wonderful and when I was reading Divided in Death it was like I was seeing old friends I hadn’t seen in a few months, as I hadn’t had time to read the series in a while. I can’t wait to see what happens to them all in this book. I will slowly but surely make my way through this huge and ever-growing series, enjoying every book.

I’m starting a new series this month by Deborah Harkness, the All Souls Trilogy, starting with the first book, A Discovery of Witches. I’ve heard lots of good reviews on it and bought the first book on Black Friday. I can’t wait to start this one.

So there we go. All the books to read! And this month I’m apparently only reading series books. Or at least that’s all on my TBR list. I also get kindle library books from both the Amazon Kindle Library and the Maryland e-library. And sometimes get books from the real library. Although now that class has started, I have a feeling I’ll be reading my microbiology textbook and lab book a little more than other books. But I do have my commute from campus in Germantown to home where I can read whatever I want, so that’ll help. Seeing as my commute home is TWO FREAKING HOURS, most of it by bus and Metro. Reading is the best way to pass it.

Keep reading guys. It’s a wonderful and important part of life. And frequent bookstores, dammit! They’re a wonderful place to pass time and too many of them are closing! Sorry. I don’t mean to yell, so I’ll stop now.

Goodreads links for this month’s books:

The Sea of Monsters

City of Glass

Visions in Death

A Discovery of Witches

The Fiery Cross

New Year, New Ideas

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What? Me? Writing? Yes, I’ve been AWOL for almost a year, I know. I’ve been focusing so much on school and so little on almost everything else. But I’m going to try this year to post once a month at the least. Post what? A wrap-up and TBR list of what I’ve read in one month and what I’ll be reading the next month. (By the way, focusing on school so much has paid off. Nothing lower than a B on any class I’ve taken in the past year! Nursing school is looking like a realistic goal!) I’ll start with this month, just what I’ll be reading in January, because I didn’t read too much until late December for last month (was fighting the finals beast).

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I’ll start with a series I haven’t read before, but have decided to start now (mostly because they’re my sister’s books and they’ve been loaned out to many others and have just returned home, and now she’s letting me borrow them. Thanks Chloe!), Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Starting of course with The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. I’ve heard nothing but good over the years, so yay!

City of Ashes, a continuation of the Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare. I loved City of Bones (the first book in the series), and I loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to start the next one until January, so I started on Sunday and am already nearly done with this one.

Divided in Death, part of the In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). I have loved reading about Eve Dallas and all that happens in her and Roarke’s world. This is a series of mystery-thriller-romance books set in the future (this particular one takes place in 2059), Eve is a detective in New York City, married to Roarke. An awesome, badass, and stunning Irish billionaire. This is one of my favorite book series, and just as she does as Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb has written many, many, many books for it. I believe this is the 18th in the series that is maybe near 40 books now.

Beautiful Lies by Clare Clark. I haven’t heard too much about this novel, but my mother gave it to me to read after she read it, and it looks like it could be an interesting read. This is the only stand-alone novel I have to read this month.

And The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. Another continuation, this is book five in a soon-to-be eight book series (and I think eight is the final, but I’m not sure). The Outlander series follows the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in 18th century Scotland. The first book, Outlander, starts a little before the horrible Battle of Culloden, with Claire being transported back to that time when she steps into a standing stone circle in near Inverness in the 1940’s, shortly after World War II. This follows their story throughout the years and the ages. In this book (Fiery Cross), Jamie and Claire are settled on Fraser’s Ridge in colonial North Carolina in 1771. As Claire is from the 20th century, she knows what is coming to that area, as she knew about the Jacobite Rebellion, and has warned Jamie as much as she can. I have read some of this book, I started working on it just before finals (when I needed a study break), and as all the others, it has sucked me in. I’m maybe a third of the way through, this one is a long one. The first four books in this series are Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. After The Fiery Cross are A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in my own Heart’s Blood (out this autumn). Books five, six, and seven are probably the longest of this series, and I’m sure book eight will follow that suit. But they are so worth the read!

So those are the books I’m reading this month. I have a little more for January than I probably will for some other months, as classes don’t resume until the 28th of January for me (yes!). After this month lists will be shorter, at least until May, because I’ll be working on microbiology and human anatomy and physiology 1. And you have no idea how excited I am to leave the basic 100 level biology classes behind and start the heavy-duty stuff!

I did read a little last month, I read City of Bones, the first in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, which I could not put down even if I wanted to. Across the Universe by Beth Revis, which I started on December 29 and finished on December 30. Amazing book, although the way things would be spaced out on pages drove me a little nuts, not to mention the chapter that consisted of ONE SENTENCE, but other than that it was a good book. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, who is one of my favorite chick-lit authors. So I was incredibly disappointed when the book made me so angry that I couldn’t even get halfway through it. The protagonist just annoyed me far too much. I also read Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I loved Mindy Kaling before I read her book, and now I love her even more. I read many other books last year, but I can’t remember them all.

This isn’t the only thing I’ll be doing on this blog (hopefully). I’ll still (try) to do Bloggers Do It Better and a few other things. This will just be something I do to try and keep myself posting at least once a month. We’ll see how it works. And happy New Year everyone! May your 2013 be a wonderful year!

Links for this month’s books:

The Lightning Thief

City of Ashes

Divided in Death

Beautiful Lies

The Fiery Cross