Another month has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection! It’s been while since we’ve done this, I’ll admit. The grand plans I had for the blog got a bit derailed in 2018, but that’s ok. It’s just me, the Faerie Queen, this month, as the GingerSnap has gone on a grand adventure with her OTL to New Zealand. She’s reading like a boss, but we’ll give her a chance to settle, yeah?
What I read
I read 10 books in total in January, half of the 20 I read this time last year. But work has been crazy, and I’ve been extra social on top of that (friends and dating and tutoring). I might be behind schedule for my Goodreads challenge of 150 books, but I’m not too worried. I’m picking up momentum and getting back into audiobooks, too.
Of those books, 7 were romances. That doesn’t surprise me, as I do tend to turn to romance when I’m stressed or emotional, two things I have been in high doses this month. Luckily, I enjoyed all of them!
- Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost – I’m going to need to keep reading this series because it’s reignited my love of vampire romances.
- Thirsty by Mia Hopkins – This was told completely from the hero’s POV and the narration was ace!
- Lera of Lunos by Alex Lidell – My favourite reverse harem series came to an end, and it was definitely satisfying…
- Under Locke by Mariana Zapata – One of Mariana’s earlier books, very much in her style with a very normal heroine and an alpha guy, but steamier than I’m used to from her!
- Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh – I’ve finally read a Nalini book! And while it was a little weird for me at times, I can kinda see the appeal…
- Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen – Not completely convinced by this book because the hero was an Alpha Douche, but if you like angsty rockstar romances, it’s not bad.
- 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – So different from The Hating Game but just as incredible! A lot angstier though.
I meant to mention this before, but I’m doing the Romanceopoly challenge this year, choosing the whole board, direct route. In January, I managed to go past 4 of the stops.
What I reviewed
Uh…not a lot…
What I’m looking forward to
Well! I have a few books on my TBR for February. First of all, I’m visiting Growing Pains Place (YA romance) with a book releasing in May from Stripes over here in the UK called My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma.
Next up is the first mystery challenge, which was revealed yesterday as Fated Mates. This seems like the perfect opportunity to get stuck into the Fated Mates podcast, created by Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop of Jen Reads Romance, which means trying out Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series! The first book is The Warlord Wants Forever, and it turns out I already own the Kindle book (I think because a coworker told me to try Kresley’s books???), so look out for that review. You know…along with reviews for all the other books I’ve already read and haven’t reviewed yet. I’M GETTING THERE, OK?!
The next two stops are Memory Lane (historical) and Women’s Ave (women’s fiction…ugh, I hate that name), and I haven’t yet decided what I’ll read for those. I’m doing this new thing where I don’t overwhelm myself with blog tours! But if you have any great recs, do drop me a comment.
Ignoring the challenges, I will finally read The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I swear, lovelies, I have to read this. I don’t understand why I haven’t already. I might also dip into Mixtape: A Love Song Anthology for some easy reads.
How was your month? Did you read any great romance novels that we should try? Any upcoming releases you want us to review?