The first month of 2016 is coming to an end. It seems like we just rang in the new year yesterday, so it’s a little hard to believe I’m already posting my first wrap up of 2016. It’s been a busy month; I had midterms, I went to Kathy MacMillan’s launch party for Sword and Verse, I received my first ever ARC (!!!!), survived snowzilla Jonas, and I read a shit ton of books and published a hell of a lot of posts. Though I had a productive month, it’s also been a very rough one for my personal life. I don’t want to go into detail, but some things have been going on in my family that have left me MIA from social media. Hopefully next month will be better, but first, let’s see what happened on Fiery Reads during January!
I’ve been trying out a new schedule for the blog, and so far it’s been great! I’ve posted two reviews every week and a new discussion post every Sunday, with the occasional extra post here and there. Basically, it’s been an awesome month, blogging wise. Here are the posts I published in January:
- Review: Jackaby by William Ritter – My first post of the year was a review of a sub par book, Jackaby by William Ritter. I wasn’t thrilled by it, to say the least.
- Discussion: What Makes A “Favorite” Book? – My first discussion of a year! It kicked off my new weekly tradition of posting a discussion on Sunday. This one discusses what goes into the decision of making a book one of your favorites.
- ARC Review + Giveaway: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – This was the first book I read in 2016, and damn, was it amazing! I loved every second of it. [Giveaway has already ended by the time this post goes live].
- Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry – Katie McGarry is one of my favorite authors, and she always writes romances I can fall in love with. Emily and Oz’s story was no exception!
- Discussion: Why Do We Love to Hate Love Triangles? – Everyone seems to hate on love triangles, but why? Are they all bad? This post discusses it!
- Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – The 5th Wave is one of my favorite books of all time, but the sequel was a whole new level of craziness–and not necessarily in a good way.
- Top Ten Tuesday #9: 10 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get To – This post made me feel a little bad that I missed out on all these amazing sounding books! These are a few books that I missed out on last year.
- Truthwitch Book Tag! – I was tagged to do this fun meme, which I did prior to reading the book it was based off of.
- Review: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn – This was an amazing book because of the way it dealt with sexuality and sexual abuse. Honestly, everyone should read this book, whether or not you like contemporaries.
- New Favorite Book Bloggers! – I wanted to share the love in the blogging community, so I shared some of my favorite bloggers I recently discovered! Come check them out!
- Discussion: Do You Judge Someone Based on Their Goodreads Average Rating? – Did you know goodreads keeps track of your average star rating? I discussed what it could mean, and if it would have any affects on a blogger.
- SST Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry – I have been raving about this book for months, and I finally got to share my review for it! (spoiler alert: it’s incredibly life changing, in a good way)
- ARC Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – This was one of the most interesting and unique books I’ve ever read, and I really enjoyed it!
- Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – Truthwitch was hyped for months before it came out, but did it live up to the hype in my opinion? Click the link and find out 😉
- Shade Me by Jennifer Brown Rainbow Blitz: Indigo! – This was the first ever blog tour (besides the SST) that I was apart of, and I shared my favorite things that are indigo!
- Discussion: Why Don’t We Love Female Villains? – One of my favorite discussion posts ever; why don’t we love female villains as much as we love male villains? What’s up with this double standard?
- Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – 5th day of the Top 10 of 2015 event; different from the first post of the month, this post is split up between my most anticipated debuts and new releases.
- Top Ten Tuesday #10: 10 Favorite Fictional Character Names – I’m a little obsessed with names, so for the TTT freebie week, I talked about my favorite unique fictional character names!
- Tips for New Bloggers! – I had a lot of interest when I asked if people would want to read a post about tips for new bloggers, so ask and ye shall receive! I hope it’s helpful, whether you’re a brand new blogger or you’re just looking for some tips.
- Review: First & Then by Emma Mills – Jane Austen meets Friday Night Lights–sounds amazing, right? Nope, not really. This contemporary just didn’t work for me.
- Discussion: Where’s the Love for the Brown Eyed Girls? – My last post of the month talks about the lack of female characters with brown eyes in YA. Why is this the case, when over half the world’s population has brown eyes?
It was a great reading month and I’m not sure why or how, considering I was busy as hell. This month, I read a total of 14 books, with 2 of those books coming from my January TBR.
Reviewed: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, All That Glows by Ryan Graudin, Firsts by Laurie E. Flynn, The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, First & Then by Emma Mills, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (coming soon!), The Impostor Queen by Emma Fine (coming soon!), Titans by Victoria Scott (coming soon!)
Rereads: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer, Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
Total books read so far this year: 14/75
This is my first year that I’m actively trying to win some challenges. I kind of signed up for…. a lot, so I was/am a bit worried that I won’t manage to win them all. However, I did make a pretty good dent in some of them! Here’s how I did on my reading challenges:
Rock My TBR: 2/15 books (All That Glows and First & Then)
Debut Authors 2016: 3/15+ (Firsts, The Abyss Surrounds Us, and This Is Where It Ends)
Flights of Fantasy: 5/20 (All That Glows, Beautiful Creatures, Truthwitch, Cruel Beauty and The Impostor Queen)
Re-Read Challenge: 4/8 (Beautiful Creatures and the Nightshade trilogy)
Retelling Challenge: 1/9 (Cruel Beauty)
Series-a-Month: 1/12 (The Nightshade trilogy)