Wednesday, 29 January 2014

January Reads & Reviews (Part 1)

january reads 1

I didn't exactly stick to my TBR this month but I did end up reading eight books so I've decided to split the post into two parts. Bibliophiles grab your notebooks, this month's roundups are full of ideas to add to your TBR...

UnSouled, Neal Shusterman (2013)
First up this month is the third book in the Unwind Dystology, a series that I think deserves more recognition than it seems to get. Personally my favourite parts of UnSouled were the chapters that focused on the original trio of characters we met in first book Unwind however the varied viewpoints certainly make for an interesting read. The series also offers rich world-building, something that is often lacking in this type of story, alongside a unique premise and social commentary - its definitely one of the better YA dystopian series out there. 4/5

The Fault In Our Stars, John Green (2012)
After being unable to avoid it thanks to being part of the book blogging community I finally gave in and read John Green's The Fault In Our Stars. Although its not something I would have ordinarily picked up, and with so much hype it was almost destined to disappoint, I was pleasantly surprised when I didn't dislike it. With the film adaptation coming up this year I'm intrigued to see how this one will translate onto the big screen. Although it wasn't my favourite book of the month I'm glad I finally made the effort to read it, plus I found a Nerdfighter note inside which was a fun surprise! 3/5

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green & David Levithan (2010)
John Green makes a second appearance in this month's roundup as I also picked up Will Grayson, Will Grayson, written alongside David Levithan. The book tells the story of two teens who, as the title suggests, share a name and thanks to a very strange sequence of events end up meeting and somehow becoming a part of each other's lives. At first I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this collaborative novel at all but it turned out to be a fairly good read. Sadly though, I'm still yet to find a John Green book that I absolutely love! 3/5

The 100 Most Pointless Things In The World, Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman (2012)
A couple of non-fiction titles also managed to sneak in this month including The 100 Most Pointless Things In The World (Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman). Pointless worked it's way onto my January list as I started reading it whilst waiting in the car on the day I picked it up from the library and it was such a quick, fun read that I ended up finishing it in a couple of days. I've already posted a review of this one which you can find here if you missed it! 3.5/5

Reviews posted this month
- Red*, Alison Cherry (2014)
- The 100 Most Pointless Things In The World, Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman (2012)
- Impostor*, Susanne Winnacker (2014)

Cover images via Goodreads, titles marked with a * c/o Netgalley

Check back tomorrow to read about the other 4 titles!
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