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One of my resolutions for this year was to read 50 books. I decided to keep myself accountable, also because I always get asked what I’m reading, I decided to share what I’m reading with you on a monthly basis!
Now I know it may seem like I read a lot but really most of these are books I listen to via audiobook. I download them from my local library (they have a fantastic e-book and online library selection) and I listen to them via the Overdrive app on my phone. I listen to books as I get ready in the mornings and when I drive. It really helps pass the time and helps me to keep doing something I love to do- read!
This month I read/listened to 5 books. I also got really into a couple of new shows or I may have read more than that but overall I feel like 5 will be an average number for me. So let’s get into what I read!
ONE and TWO The Rose Society and Midnight Star by Marie Lu. These are actually the last two books in a YA trilogy called The Young Elites. I had never heard of any of them before but they were recommended to me on my library app and I loved them! If you are into futuristic novels that make a villain into a hero and maybe back into a villain again then you will love this series. It is not a smiley, fluffy, happily ever after trilogy like so many have become but it’s got grit and I like books with a little grit. Overall, if you are a YA fan you will probably get into this series.
THREE. The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. This book is the second book in the Red Queen trilogy and the third book doesn’t come out until February. If I had known it wasn’t all out when I started reading it I probably wouldn’t have picked it up but it is another pretty good YA read. This series sort of reminded me of The Hunger Games but with real separation of the classes, this time by blood type. It also has grit and hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine either. I can’t wait to read the third book so I can really get a handle on the series.
FOUR. Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty. This book is the second of it’s series and even though it is aimed at children I really liked it! I actually found it on Facebook and it was advertised on one of the Disney pages I follow and combined two of my favorite things…history and mystery. Those two always seem to go hand in hand, am I right? This book follows the life of Serafina and her friends who all live at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC. Reading this series really makes me want to go visit the Biltmore!!
FIVE. My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. Proving that I read more than YA or kids books the last book I am talking about this month is the newest Sophie Kinsella book. It actually comes out next month and I can’t wait for someone else to read it so we can all about it!! If you are a blogger or someone who is active on social media I think you will enjoy this book as well. It’s all about a girl who lives a very “perfect” life on her Instagram account when in real life everything is falling apart. In try Kinsella fashion everything sounds fabulous and now I want to live in London. You will have to read it to find out what happened because I don’t give way spoilers!
I hope you enjoyed this month’s books, next month’s February reads are shaping up nicely as well!! Happy reading!!
Do you like to read??
What is the last book you read??
Rebecca Swenor says
I love the idea of listening to the audio books which is something I am going to have to try. It has been so long since I read a book or had time to do so. Listening to them is a great way to relax or do chores. My (not so perfect) Life sounds like something I would actually love to read. Thanks for sharing these awesome books.
Angelic Sinova says
One of my goals for this year is too definitely read more! I’ll have to check some of these books out. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Red Queen trilogy.
Alli Smith says
I do love to read! Once, on a three-week vacation, I read 14 books. I really like to read a good series, especially when it’s a great book and I don’t want it to end.
robin masshole mommy says
I don’t read, but my husband loves it. He reads on the train to and from work & goes through at least 4 or 5 books a month.
Katie Kinsley says
One year I had read 50 books by May because my school courses required about one novel per week. At that point I sucked it up and told myself I would read 100 books that year. I reached my goal and my total was 102!
Franc Ramon says
Reading 50 books is a very good and educational challenge. You got a lot of interesting books here on the list.
Christy Maurer says
I read all the time! I just finished The Perfect Stranger which is the follow up to All the Missing Girls. I didn’t read the first one, and the second pretty much tells you what happened. If you like thrillers, do those 2 in order! My daughter read the Young Elites series but needs The Rose Society still I think.
That is pretty awesome that you are eating as much as you are. I wish I would’ve read more. I have a hard time Splaine myself in sitting to read. I really need to take after you and just sit down and read a book. This is very cool.
Paula Schuck says
I love to read! I would kill to have the time to read 50 books in a year. Maybe it’s time I give what you’re doing a try.
McKenzie Allyshia says
I use the OverDrive app all the time! I love being able to check out e-books from my local library ♥ What a great reading goal! I chose to do 24 books this year that way I didn’t pressure myself too much because some months I am unable to read as much as I wished I could.
I’ve heard good things about Marie Lu! I will have to check out some of her books! I enjoyed Glass Sword and am so excited for the third book to come out!
P.S. Do you use Goodreads?
The Glass Sword sounds like a book I would be interested in. Keep reading and reach your 50 book goal.
Pam Wattenbarger says
My daughter has been wanting to read The Glass Sword. She reads a lot of YA because it’s easy to understand and quick to read.
Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom says
These all sound like great reads. I am constantly re-reading my books because I haven’t purchased any new ones yet. But, I’ll have to let you know when my next book is published to add to your list!
That is a big goal but you’re off to a good start. I don’t read near as much as I should but I really enjoy it.
Sue Reddel says
I love to read too. We’re tackling the Hamilton book right now. You’ve got some great suggestions here. Thanks!
Claudia Krusch says
These sound like great books. I love to relax in a hot bath and lose myself in a good book. I will have to check a few of these out.
Stephanie Pass says
I was just thinking I need to find a new book. I can’t read to head to Goodreads and read up on these books. I love reading just about anything and YA is a lot of fun.
Chubskulit Rose says
Wow 50 books is a lot. I am sure you will share some of the ones you read to us,.
I would love to read, wish I have time! Thanks for sharing this list, I’ll check them out!
So i just finished the Young Elites Series. SO DARK! But did like it. I can’t wait for the thrid book in the Red Queen trilogy next week! I’m so excited.