January was a good start of 2018, with 10 books read.
1) Love, Hate and Other Filters - Samira Ahmed
I really, really love this book. I've always enjoyed getting to know other cultures, and this book has a lot of that. In addition, it's funny and smart, but also touches on serious topics such as Islamophobia and hate crime, which broke my heart--especially because this is still happening, and that's not okay. Love, Hate and Other Filters is a must-read for everyone.
2) Unicorn Tracks - Julia Ember
This book features a well-developed fantasy world (unicorns--what's not to love?!) with female/female romance I adored. <3
3) History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera
I listened to this book during one of my many attempts to get used to audiobooks (fail). While that didn't work, I immediately knew I needed this book in my life. And I wasn't wrong. Woah. What a book.
4) Everless - Sara Holland
Everless took me to a new world where time is the currency--extracted from blood. This unique concept hooked me; the book was well-paced and overall I really enjoyed it.
5) The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski
I've had this book for years, and I wish I'd read it sooner. The conflict between the characters felt real, and I was glad to have the opportunity to see the world through both of their eyes.
6) The Loneliest Girl In The Universe - Lauren James
Woah, I did not see that twist coming. Well, not all of them, for sure. I loved how brave Romy was, and thought the representation of mental health was very accurate/relatable.
7) Moonrise - Sarah Crossan
My first Sarah Crossan book! I wasn't sure as I'm not the type for books in verse, but this was really readable. Despite it being a quick read, I thought the pacing was stellar, and the characters felt real.
8) Vicious - V.E. Schwab
Vicious was a re-read for me, as I'm currently going through all my V.E. Schwab books again. I can never choose my favorite, and after reading Vicious again... I still can't. These books are just SO. GOOD.
9) Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
The book I wish I loved more. I loved the concept, and all the different characters, however the writing style wasn't quite for me. It was good, and well-executed, but it left me feeling like I didn't connect to the characters enough. Regardless, it's a fabulous story.
10) I Am Thunder - Muhammed Khan
This. Book. Is. Amazing. It was a whirlwind, and I'm very impressed by how Khan managed to make the main character change slowly. Even though I saw what was happening, and I was screaming at my book for Muzna to be smarter, to walk away, her thoughts and motivations were still... enough for me to get behind her. And that ending... woahh. High five.
I'm currently on my second book for February (so #12 for this year), and I'll be back at the start of March with an update of what I read this month!