There’s something about the start of a new year that makes me put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure it starts right. This is always especially obvious when it comes to choosing what books I want to read in January, or more specifically, which book I want to read first in January. It took me longer than I’d like to admit to come up with this TBR, and even longer to decide which book to pick up first (spoiler alert: I actually finished my first read earlier today and loved it 🤭), but here we finally are. Let’s talk about the books I’m hoping to read in January!
even the darkest stars by heather fawcett
I’d heard a lot of mixed things about this one, but I figured I wanted to try it anyway since I’m a sucker for YA fantasy, and it actually ended up being my first read of the year. This book is set in a Himalayan-inspired setting, and follows the story of a girl who wants to carve a name for herself as a great explorer. When she’s finally given the chance to prove herself, however, she finds things won’t be quite as straightforward as she hoped. I’m not going to talk about my thoughts here, but I will say that I really enjoyed this book! 🤭
THE BONE SEASON BY SAMANTHA SHANNON
So all I really know about this book is that it follows a girl called Paige who is a clairvoyant (whatever that means), in a world where being a clairvoyant is illegal. I think some shit goes down, Paige ends up being captured, and she’s taken away to this super secret place that nobody knows exists, but that’s about where my knowledge ends. I’ve heard some absolutely amazing things about this series, and with the fourth installment being released this month, I figured what better time to give it a shot! It wasn’t easy getting the first three books in hardback, so I really hope it’s worth it 😂
Alice’S ADVENTURES In Wonderland BY LEWIS CARROLL
So if you’ve seen my 2021 reading goals post, you’ll know that one of my goals is to read at least one classic per month, and I figured I’d start the year off easy. I don’t think I’ve ever actually read the original stories (or if I have, I was extremely young), but I absolutely adore the movies (Disney and Tim Burton alike), and I’m seriously obsessed with Wonderland retellings. Plus, the edition I got as a gift for Christmas is just stunning 😍
Warbreaker by brandon sanderson
I recently re-read Elantris and the first Mistborn trilogy, and I’m desperate to continue on with more of Sanderson’s work. His magic systems and worldbuilding are incredible, and I’m just so obsessed with his writing. I don’t actually know what this book is about as the synopsis really doesn’t give much information, but I do know that this is going to include another phenomenal world and amazing characters. I can’t wait!
MY DARK VANESSA BY KATE ELIZABETH RUSSELL
Psychological fiction is something I have no experience with, but another one of my goals for 2021 is to read more outside of my comfort zone. In case you don’t know, this is a story about a 15-year-old girl who had an affair with her teacher and her recognition of the darker aspects of that relationship 17 years later. I know this will be a tough read, but a lot of people have recommended it to me and I’m cautiously interested. Let’s see how it goes!
The Assassin’s Blade BY SARAH J. MAAS
If you know me at all, you know that Throne Of Glass is my absolute favourite series of all time, and I think it’s about time I gave it a re-read 😂 I very rarely read The Assassin’s Blade, but I figured why not. If you don’t know, this is a collection of prequel novellas that tell the story of what happened to Celaena in the year leading up to her imprisonment. I don’t often think that novellas are important, but the amount of depth that these stories bring to Celaena’s character really make this bind-up worth a read! I’m so excited to dive back into this world, and though I’m only planning on reading one book per month, we’ll see how long it takes before I cave and binge them all 🤭
So there you have the books I’m hoping to read in January. Have you read any of these? What books are on your TBR this month? Until next time, happy reading! 😘