What? The first month of 2019 is already over? HOW?!? (And I’ve already failed at my 2019 goals, joyous.)
After my winter break, instead of returning to college, I flew to New York City where I am now studying off-campus for the semester! It’s so weird being here sometimes (SO EXPENSIVE. SO MANY PEOPLE. Shoo, you creatures who crowd me on the sidewalk), but also kinda of amazing? I have a great internship and I got to go to TWO book events in one week! Not to mention, my writing buddy attends college in NYC, so I now get to see her every week!
With all these book events and awesome bookstores, I already know that come the end of the semester, I’ll be leaving with (at least) a suitcase full of books…
BOOKS I READ:
1. From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris
Rating: 3.5 stars
My first read of the year! Honestly, it took me way longer than I expected (9 days!). I loved the magic system and the Rome-inspired setting, but man, the book totally could have been shorter. And there were so many perspectives that I often found myself jolted out of the story. I am curious to see what will happen next for Latona though.
If you like books with intricate worldbuilding and a plot extremely focused on it’s own world’s politics, definitely give this book a try!
2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Rating: 4 stars
This was such a fun and compelling read! The diversity was stellar and the magic was unique. I can’t wait to see what happens next for my babies Laila, Zofi, and Enrique.
You can read my full review here.
3. Motor Crush (Volume 1) by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr
Rating: 4 stars
A graphic novel! (I don’t read them very often.) I ended up picking this up because my roommate accidentally brought it with her to NYC and she let me borrow it. Omg, this book was awesome and so intriguing. AND THAT CLIFFHANGER AT THE END! I’m so mad my roommate didn’t also bring the second volume.
4. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
Rating: 3.25 stars??
This was an interesting and quick novella, but it didn’t seem super insightful? I don’t know, maybe I didn’t remember enough of The Cruel Prince? But I thought I also heard that this novella foreshadowed some things of The Wicked King, but I didn’t see it? Maybe I’m just a bad reader who wasn’t paying close enough attention…
5. The Wicked King by Holly Black
Rating: 4.25 stars
I devoured this book in three sittings. I ADORED it, but maybe my expectations were too high, because I didn’t think it was out-of-this-realm amazing?! It almost felt…too short? It was good, but NOT quite as good as The Cruel Prince. Fight me. (Seriously, I want to know your guys’ thoughts on this book).
FEBRUARY AKA FANTASTIC FEBRUARY TBR:
I’ve been waiting for months now for my interests and my free time to align so I can participate in one of Kathy @ Books & Munches‘s monthly reading challenges (which now has its own Goodreads group called Devour Your TBR)! And now the opportunity has finally arrived; I have a lot more free time this semester and next month the challenge is about reading fantasy!
Fantasy is the genre I read the majority of the time and honestly like the only type of book that I brought with me to NYC, so this challenge is perfect! Here are the books I’m hoping to pick up in February:
- Crooked Kingdom- I KNOW I KNOW; I still need to read this book!
- King of Scars- And of course it will have to be followed up with this new release!
- Bloodleaf- IT’S A GOOSE GIRL RETELLING I’M SO HYPE!!
- This Savage Song- My Goodreads group is reading this book. GUYS, this will be my FIRST Schwab book!
RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:
- I’M LIVING AND STUDYING IN NYC FOR THE SEMESTER!!
- I’m participating in a really cool program where instead of going to classes everyday, I have a (nearly) full-time internship!
- Susan @ Bloggin’ bout Books was kind enough to send me her extra ARC of Bloodleaf and I’m still in awe of her generosity.
- I got to see the musical Anastasia on Broadway!
- Anastasia was one of my favorite movies as a kid so it was incredible to see this performance!
- I got to meet Roshani Chokshi on her The Gilded Wolves book tour!
- She is so funny and awesome and ahhhh, why can’t she be my friend?
- I (briefly) met Holly Black at one of her The Wicked King events!
- I–of course–forgot to ask for a proper picture
- Why can’t she also be my friend??
- After the event, I promptly returned home and stayed up till 2 am to read the second half of the book.
How has 2019 been treating you? How are those New Year resolutions working out for ya?
Have you read The Wicked King yet? The Gilded Wolves? KING OF SCARS? (No spoilers for KoS please!)
Any recommendations for things I should do in NYC?