I have never been happier to see February because honestly, January seemed like it would last forever. It’s always a tougher month because you have longer to wait until payday, but a lot happened, especially with work which has just been getting better and better. I’m almost at the two month mark now and I am loving it there. When you can get up and enjoy going to work, you know you’ve found a great job.
In terms of my WIP, it’s been a pretty great month with a total of 22,000 words being written. While it may not seem a lot, I’m really happy with that and I managed to stick to my 1,000 words a day during the week. On the weekends I seemed to write a lot less and sometimes not even at all, but with my week being so full I just needed the break at times. For the month of February I’m looking to change that and to write 1,000 every day. Maybe if I do that I will have completed my first draft by March.
Overall, January was a great month for reading for me and below you can see the books that I read (quite a few from debut authors as well).
Books I Read…
Keeper by Kim Chance
The first book I read of 2018 was a NetGalley approval for debut author Kim Chance and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Keeper was fun, entertaining and fast paced, always keeping me turning the page. The characters were extremely likeable, even if they were a little young compared to what I’m used to reading (and writing). I rated Keeper a solid 4 stars and you can check out my review here.
The Young Queens by Kendare Blake
Last year I read Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne, so of course I was going to read the Novella, The Young Queens. It was wonderful to learn more of the backstory, featuring the mother of the Queens and seeing how they grew up in their respective homes. While you don’t necessarily have to read this, it does provide you with a little more insight. And because I loved it so much I gave The Young Queens 5 stars. Check out more of my thoughts in my review here.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Slowly, but surely, I have been making my way through the Throne of Glass series and I have been loving it! Honestly, I think that it is one of my favourite series of all time and I still have three books left to read (four if you count the final instalment coming out this year). It just seems that each book gets better and I can’t wait to dive into the series again in February. Of course, I had to give Heir of Fire 5 stars and you can check out my full review here.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Thank god I got accepted for this on NetGalley because The Belles is a gem of a book. Words cannot describe how much I adored this debut novel and I urge everyone to head out and buy this book when the release date arrives. The descriptive writing blew me away and the dark undertones to the story added so much depth. If you would like to see why I rated this book a solid 5 stars, then click here to read more.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
What a book to end the month on! The Cruel Prince was deliciously dark and intriguing, with so many plot twists that I never saw coming. I was going to wait to buy this but when the hardback came down to half price I couldn’t resist and I’m glad I didn’t. I had never read any of Holly Black’s books before, but I want to read more of them, especially if they include evil and dangerous Faeries. I rated this 4.5 stars and you will find my review here.
Since I started this blog, January has been my best month for reading and although 5 books may not seem a lot to others, it’s a big deal for me. Especially when I’m busying working, writing and trying to have some kind of life (not much of one, but oh well). If every month was like this then I am on track to reaching my Goodreads goal of 50 books early!
What were some of the best books that you read in January?