2020 January Wrap Up

I have to admit, I didn’t read many of the books I planned to this month. Instead, I found myself getting pretty sick and not having the energy to read much of anything. That being said, I’m satisfied with the amount of reading I got done – all things considered. Sometimes all you need to do is sleep the week away because you’re not feeling well. Sure this cuts down on reading time, but it’s worth it in the end.

Oh, and I got a couple puppy cuddles so I can’t really complain too much.

 

 

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks.

Total books completed: 9

Total pages read: 3,666 ( 407 avg. pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 1)[4.75 stars]
  2. Visions by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 2)[4.75 stars]
  3. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 3)[5 stars]
  4. Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 4)[5 stars]
  5. Headliners by Lucy Parker (London Celebrities, Book 5)[5 stars]
  6. The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil Wars, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  7. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 5)[4 stars]
  8. The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil Wars, Book 2)[4 stars]
  9. Drowning by Steven M Cross [3.75 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Nightfall by Shannon Messenger
  2. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Visions by Kelley Armstrong
  4. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
  5. Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
  6. The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen
  7. Headliners by Lucy Parker
  8. The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen
  9. Drowning by Steven M Cross

 


Wrap Up:

Omens:

Olivia Taylor-Jones’ world gets turned upside down when she finds out not only was she adopted, but she’s the biological daughter of convicted serial killers. Fleeing to the small town of Cainsville, Olivia realizes that her world is even more different than she could have possibly imagined. A thrilling read, I’d highly recommend this if you’re into fantastical mysteries.

Visions:

After the events in Omens, Olivia struggles to come to terms with being different in a way she never expected. Surrounding herself with people she trusts, she has to deal with powers that she can’t quite believe are real. Finding a dead woman in her car that’s dressed as her, Olivia must decide what’s more important – trying to prove her parents weren’t killers or solve the mystery of the dead body that keeps showing up.

Deceptions:

It seems to Olivia that she no longer knows who she can trust. The elders of Cainsville won’t seem to tell her the truth that she so desperately wants and her relationship with Gabriel is on rockier ground than ever. Ricky seems to be the only dependable thing in her life, and she struggles to tell him every weird thing that she’s been dealing with. Will Olivia be able to confide everything to Ricky, or are there still some things too weird for him to handle?

Betrayals:

Olivia seems to be a beacon for trouble. While trying to solve a case of missing street kids, Olivia finds herself in peril once again. Not only is she struggling with solving the case, but she also finds herself struggling with choosing between the two halves of herself. With Cainsville on one side and the Huntsmen on the other, Olivia finds herself being pulled in too many directions. Eventually something’s going to break and Olivia’s just hoping it isn’t her.

Headliners:

A sweet romance novel about two late night hosts having their professional – and personal – lives changed over night, it’s up to Sabrina and Nick to try and make their new morning show a hit. If they don’t, it might very well cost them their careers. With an engaging plot and well rounded characters, I found myself unable to put this book down.

The Devil’s Apprentice:

When the Devil finds he needs an heir, Philip – a really good boy – finds himself being mistakenly brought to Hell. Philip is terrible at being bad, much to Lucifer’s dismay. When Philip discovers a dastardly plot against the Devil, he needs to decide who he can trust – and how far he’s willing to go in order to fix things.

Rituals:

The time has come for Olivia to make her decision, a decision that affects not only her life but the lives of everyone she’s grown to care for – and even love. As if that wasn’t tough enough, a rising power seems to want to stop Olivia from making the choice at all. When even greater chaos and destruction comes into her life, Olivia must once again fight for what she believes in. Otherwise, there might just be nothing left at all.

The Die of Death:

When things in the Underworld go sideways, Philip find his help is needed once again. While his life on Earth was definitely looking up since his return from Hell the first time, he really did miss his friends down below. Now, with their help, Philip sets out in order to take back what’s been stolen and right a wrong that shouldn’t have been wronged.

On top of that, this read was a compellingly complex insight into the human psyche through the guise of an extremely well written book. In all seriousness, this story touches on the deepest truths surrounding life and death.

Drowning:

Surrounded by the taunts and jeers of not only his peers but also his drowned father and the friend that took his own life, Dean thinks that his mother announcing they’re moving is a ray of hope to be followed. Yet this move isn’t the light at the end of the tunnel life Dean thought. School bullies now target not only him but also his twin sister, Dee. When faced with an unexpected reality, Dean must deal with a family secret that haunts them all.

 


 

Yup, turns out I only read one book that I planned to in January. Sure I started another book on my TBR but I just really didn’t feel like reading it while I was sick as a dog. I’m hoping that when I pick it up next (to restart the experience, of course) my views on the book won’t be tainted by the gross experience I had this month. And that’s all I’m going to say on this subject – not even which book it was I picked up but didn’t find myself enjoying.

On the other hand, I did manage to reach my goal of completing more than eight books in the month. In order to reach a total of 100 books by the end of the year, my plan is to read about 9 books a month. While I don’t expect this to be possible every month, January has set the year off to a good start.

 


 

You’ve made it to the end – congrats! And thank you for listening to me ramble on there. As usual, I’d love to hear how your reading month went. Did you read everything that you wanted to? Did you find a new favourite?

 

Starting in 2020 I’d like to end all of my Wrap Ups with a question, so here’s this month’s: If you could jump into any story, what story would it be and why?

 

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