January 2019 Wrap Up

In the month of January I managed to read five books. I kicked the month off really well and crammed these all into the first 12 days of the month. However, after that I didn’t really manage much reading and I slid into a bit of a slump.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

To kick off 2019 I finished reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase which I ended up enjoying a whole lot more than I expected! This is about Holly, who it turns out isn’t a very nice girl, she resembles Scrooge and is visited by three ghosts at Christmas and is warned that she needs to change her ways or she will die… Which is exactly what happens. She is now stuck as some form of zombie and working as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Now, as a rule I generally don’t enjoy Christmas books but this was super unique and fun! I do think the ending wrapped things up with a neat little bow on top, but it was the most appropriate ending and a Christmas story needs to be feelgood! 4/5 ♥♥♥♥

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Okay so honestly I didn’t get on with the writing style and so I was confused and didn’t really know what was going on at points. I expected this to be super creepy and full of crazy stuff, however there was only like 2 slightly scary parts and even then it felt like it was only getting started! I just hoped for more, the only reason I didn’t give this one star was because the odd moment did make me uncomfortable! 2/5 ♥♥

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I picked this up on a whim as I fancied some lightish contemporary and it was just what I needed. I have posted an entire review here, but I will say that I flew through this and there were so many different views on love and marriage and relationships that were really realistic. 4/5 ♥♥♥♥

Vicious by V.E Schwab

I read this as a buddy read with Matilda over at Matilda Reads and I have posted a full review here. But essentially, it was an excellent book with a odd timeline that actually really worked and some very morally grey but great characters! 4/5 ♥♥♥♥

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This was my YA book clubs pick for December and it took me until the day before the meeting for me to finally read this! I am definitely the odd one out here as I didn’t love this. I didn’t think it was bad, but I just didn’t get anything from the stories the monster tells him. I will say though that the illustrations were beautiful! 2/5 ♥♥ 

I would have liked to of kicked the year off with a few more books completed towards my reading challenge goal but it could have been worse I guess. At least I got some 4 star reads in!

How many books did you read this month and what was your favourite?

20 thoughts on “January 2019 Wrap Up

    • bookloverkate says:

      Thank you 🙂 I can get past it, being three books behind schedule did make me a bit twitchy though!
      It was a great read, looking forward to picking up Vengeful!


  1. bookishcoffeeblog says:

    Have you seen the Netflix show, The Haunting on Hillhouse? I watched the show and then I noticed that it was a book. I am curious how it matches up because the synopsis sounds very different haha!
    I am also so glad you liked Vicious. I have been saying this for two months but I am going to read it soon. I promise!

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  2. Ash Williams says:

    Omg I love your nail varnish in the first picture! I watched A Moster Calls last year and wasn’t a fan of it even though everyone seems to love it, so haven’t ended up reading the book.


    • bookloverkate says:

      Thank you! I rarely bother to paint them so I try utilise it when I do!
      I started the film to and didn’t get into it either. Glad to have finally found someone who agrees!!

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  3. Dellybird says:

    5 books is a good start to the year! I’ve heard good things about The Afterlife of Holly Chase so I’m glad you enjoyed it too. I think I will add it to my winter list this year as I prefer reading Christmas themed book on the run up to Christmas. Vicious sounds really interesting! Good luck with your Feb tbr 🙂

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