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What I Read in January!

January always feels extra long in comparison to other months and this January has been no different. I’ve read 8 books throughout January, which is less than I expected but still excellent. So, I’m back with another post about what I’ve read this month. In this post you will find a bunch of mini reviews for the books I’ve read in January! Here they are!

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

The Urban Promise Prep School vows to turn boys into men. As students, J.B., Ramón, and Trey are forced to follow the prestigious “program’s” strict rules. Extreme discipline, they’ve been told, is what it takes to be college bound, to avoid the fates of many men in their neighborhoods. This, the Principal Moore Method, supposedly saves lives.

But when Moore ends up murdered and the cops come sniffing around, the trio emerges as the case’s prime suspects. With all three maintaining their innocence, they must band together to track down the real killer before they are arrested. But is the true culprit hiding among them?

This book was extraordinary! It had me hooked straight away and I loved the mixed of media and multiple POVs throughout this book. It is an eye-opening and thrilling YA that is perfect for fans of both Angie Thomas and Karen M. McManus. I would highly recommend this one if you are looking for a book that will thrill you, keep you on the edge of your seat and open your eyes. I wrote a full review of this one which you can find here.


Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine.

Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption–yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.)

These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her.

Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?

Having read Talia Hibbert’s other romance novels, I was looking forward to seeing how her writing would translate to YA audience. This one was a lot of fun and had the funny moments I’ve come to love in Talia Hibbert’s books alongside some incredible cute and romantic moments. I’m hoping she writes more YA books in the future because this one was excellent. I will be writing a full review of this one very soon!


Snapshot Books!

Here is a little snapshot of 4 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones, some more than others but I still enjoyed them.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

TW: Sexual assault, rape

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

I was expecting this book to be heart-breaking and heard to read, what I wasn’t expecting was how much this book would affect me. It is a beautifully written story about Eden who is dealing with the aftermath of being sexually assaulted by a family friend. I think this is a book I will be thinking about for a long time and one I will be recommending so many people to read as it is such an important story. I’ve written a full review of this one which you can find here.


Six Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did) by Tess Sharpe

Penny and Tate have always clashed. Unfortunately, their mothers are lifelong best friends, so the girls’ bickering has carried them through playdates, tragedy, and more than one rom-com marathon with the Moms. When Penny’s mother decides to become a living donor to Tate’s mom, ending her wait for a liver transplant, things go from clashing to cataclysmic. Because in order to help their families recover physically, emotionally, and financially, the Moms combine their households the summer before senior year.

So Penny and Tate make a pact: They’ll play nice. Be the drama-free daughters their mothers need through this scary and hopeful time. There’s only one little hitch in their plan: Penny and Tate keep almost kissing.

It’s just this confusing thing that keeps happening. You know, from time to time. For basically their entire teenaged existence.

They’ve never talked about it. They’ve always ignored it in the aftermath. But now they’re living across the hall from each other. And some things—like their kisses—can’t be almosts forever.

I had high expectations for this book and it somehow managed to exceed them. I’m not always a fan of a slow-burn romance but this one is done perfectly and I couldn’t put it down. The story itself is compelling, heart-breaking at times and is written beautifully. I loved it and will be reviewing it in full very soon. I would highly recommend picking this one up and Tess Sharpe’s other book, The Girls I’ve Been.



Books read this month: 8

Pages read this month: 2,727

Books read this year: 8

Pages read this year: 2,727

There you have it, that is everything I read in January! What have you read in January and what are you looking forward to reading in February? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading

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