January 2018 Reading Wrap-up


Past Month’s Reading:

I made my bi-monthly TBR a little less ambitious this year, and I think that is working. I am exactly halfway through! I also read a few library books and listened to a couple of audio books and am sat at 6 books read so far in 2018. Pretty much on par with previous  years, so I’m happy with that!

The  things I read and reviewed were:

  • Vicious by V. E. Schwab (superheroes – 2.5 stars – review) (read 12/2017, reviewed 01/2018)
  • Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review) (read 12/2017, reviewied 01/2018)
  • False Awakening (Lucid Dreaming #2) by Cassandra Page (urban fantasy – 3 stars – review)
  • Everless by Sara Holland (YA fantasy – 4.5 stars – review)
  • The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co.  #5) by Jonathan Stroud (YA urban fantasy – 4 stars – review)
  • Mr Stink by David Walliams (children’s fiction – 3 stars – review)
  • The Hospital by the River by Dr Catherine Hamlin (autobiography – 4 stars – review)
  • Lion by Saroo Brierley (autobiography – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

Currently reading:

Physical book: Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay. This has been a surprisingly compelling read. I’m about 50 pages from the end, and should have a review up next Monday.

Audio book: Hunted by Meaghan Spooner.  This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in medieval Russia  and also drawing on Russian fairytales like the Firebird. I am enjoying it so far and with the amount of walking I’m doing lately, I am having a fair bit of time for audio books, I’m getting through it fairly quickly. That said, I wouldn’t say I’m overly invested though. We’ll see if it picks up, though.

Planning to read next:

I have some library books that I want to get to in the next few days. I think they are mostly YA contemporaries. I’ve found over the past year, that particular genre has really grown on me, and some of my favourite reads are now falling under that category.

How is your reading going?


6 thoughts on “January 2018 Reading Wrap-up

  1. Meredith says:

    I was sad to see you weren’t much a fan of Vicious. It was one of my fav books the year I read it.

    Will have to check out several of the others you’ve reviewed – I always read your blog updates via email, but often don’t think to comment.

    How’s the writing going?

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    • Emily Wrayburn says:

      I’ve decided I just need to stop reading V. E. Schwab, since I always end up with an unpopular opinion! (I wasn’t fan of books 2 and 3 of Shades of Magic either.)

      Writing is going well; I finished one short story this week and need to brainstorm the ending to another, but that will get there. And Australian Writers Centre is launching a monthly flash fiction contest tonight that I’ll work on this week. How’s yours doing?


      • Meredith says:

        Fair enough. There are plenty of other authors – better to read what you enjoy. 🙂
        (I enjoyed both those, though found book 3 to be off with pacing. Love Kell, though.)

        That’s great you’re finishing things! Hope the AWC contest goes well.
        I’m still in a bit of a rut. Turns out getting back into writing is hard when balancing it with work-related writing and editing. When not working, I usually prefer to do something completely different to take a break.

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      • Emily Wrayburn says:

        Yeah, I get that. I have a friend whose job is drafting huge reports for government departments. She has an amazing Beauty and the Beast retelling all planned and outlined, but I don’t think it will ever get written while ever she is in that job (which is likely to be a good while, if not forever).

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