Lila’s Monthly Review | January 2018

Hello, friends, it’s me, Lila, and I’m back with another monthly wrap-up! Cliché as it is, I can’t believe we’re already a whole month into 2018! Time’s a-flyin’, isn’t it? January was a month during which I mostly relaxed and rested. It was a great start to the new year in terms of my bookish life, though, because I sped through four books! I know that for most people in the bookish community that’s not a lot, but consider the fact that for the majority of 2017, I didn’t read more than two books per month. And not only did I read four whole books in January, but I also liked every single one of them! So I’d say that 2018 is shaping up to be one epic bookish year! (fingers crossed) But anyhoo, I don’t want to keep y’all stuck in the intro, let’s get to the good stuff…

Blogging Business

Not much went on in January here on Hardcover Haven, at least in terms of blog changes. A few features were reintroduced, but aside from that, there’s not really any business to report.

POST FLASHBACK

Reading Wrap-Up + Mini Reviews

Everless by Sara Holland ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Admittedly, Everless had some technical bumps in the road but it was also really fun and for that reason I really enjoyed it! The world of Everless was really unique and well-built, but the plot lacked originality. That being said, with the way the ending left off, I think there’s a lot of room for growth and development of the plot in book two. I definitely want to see what happens next, so here’s hoping I won’t be disappointed.

The Bird And The Sword by Amy Harmon ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

I absolutely fell completely in love with this magical story! It was full of romance and magic and mystery and it was just so wonderful! I loved everything about The Bird And The Sword and I enjoyed it so much that I immediately began the companion/sequel the day after I finished the first book. If you’re a fan of high fantasy, romance, and lyrical writing, then definitely consider picking up this one.

The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon ⭐⭐⭐.5

I enjoyed this book, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed The Bird and the Sword. I didn’t connect well with Kjell and Sasha and the plot wasn’t really too gripping. There wasn’t much more to this one than the romance, which felt kinda mediocre, in my opinion. I mean, I liked the book, I just feel like it did’t really stand out from the crowd. The other thing is that the way that Kjell thought about and treated Sasha kinda bugged me. He had a habit of being “protective” to the point of being overbearing, possessive, and demanding and it just really rubbed me the wrong way. All in all, I enjoyed The Queen and the Cure, but also left it feeling slightly disappointed with it.

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This action-packed, intrigue-filled dystopian western was one heck of a massively fun wild ride! I loved Gunslinger Girl so much–it might even be a new fave! Now, I will say that I had to knock off a star for the fact that I felt like the climax employed coincidence/deus ex machina way too much, but other than that? Perfection. If you’re looking for a fun read to fill your time, this one’s a sure bet!

Book Haul

RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

Publishers were basically like my fairy godmothers in January because I was granted DRCs of so many titles that I’ve really been anticipating!

BOUGHT/WON/GIFTED

TBR

OF WONDERLAND BOOK CLUB PICK

(THEME: ADVENTURES & JOURNEYS)

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Movies/TV Favorites

In January I started watching Black Lightning (which premiered on the CW in January of 2018) and wow. I immediately fell in love with the series. Black Lightning follows a Black man who is a high school principal and family man by day and a superhero by night and his two daughters, who seem to be developing powers of their own. I love how this show stars an almost exclusively Black cast and also takes on issues of race in America in a head on way, not shying away from discussing anything flat out in the open. As a Black woman myself, it makes me so proud to see people like me celebrated and to see my culture represented in a positive light. Plus, the show has your typical fun superhero shenanigans that I adore! Absolutely everything about Black Lightning is superb and I highly recommend it!

Music Favorites

https://open.spotify.com/user/thebookkeeperssecrets/playlist/7cfgszluZZCpWml7g7vdJY?si=z1s1-pPYTi6ofsciR-Yv4w

Other Favorites

BeFunky Collage

Friends. I have made a glorious discovery. I have discovered…NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade “Budapest.” I loved my old lipgloss, but this one (or rather, this “lip cream”) is basically a dream come true! It’s the perfect shade for both day and night, it’s light, it’s super soft and doesn’t dry out my lips, and it lasts all day without coming off! Plus, I love that NYX has a variety of shades, many of which work for women of color! If you’re looking for some color for your lips, I 100% recommend this one!

Around The Booknet

News

  • Sarah J. Maas revealed the cover of A Court of Frost And Starlight
  • Kerri Maniscalco’s Escaping Houdini, the fourth and final book in the Stalking Jack The Ripper series, also had a cover reveal
  • It was announced that Balzar + Bray has bought Black Enough: Stories of Black Teenhood, a YA anthology edited by Ibi Zoboi

Life Events

My life was pretty relaxed in January. There’s not much to report. I did go to the launch party of Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen with my best friend and I had a great time there! Other than that, though, nothing too exciting happened.

How was your January? Did you do anything fun or exciting? If you made any New Year’s resolutions, how are they going so far? And is there anything you’re looking forward to in February?

Published by Lila @ Hardcover Haven

Lila is a 25-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

19 thoughts on “Lila’s Monthly Review | January 2018

    1. thanks, melanie! that’s weird about NYX. in my experience, it lasts all day without fading or anything–same thing for my best friend. i’ve only tried the soft matte lip cream, though, so i’m not sure about their other products.

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  1. What a great wrap-up Lila!~ I’ve seen so many reading Everless & I really liked your mini-review. I hope to pick it up at some point this year :’) I really love “Around The Booknet” I usually find it difficult to find tons of new book blogger discussions, but you’ve introduced so many from this month, I will definitely check them out~

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    1. thanks! i’m glad you liked my wrap up! i love finding and sharing good discussions from book bloggers (hopefully it kinda makes up for my lack of commenting on other people’s posts recently :P). i hope you enjoy everless if and when you pick it up!

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  2. AHH YOU GOT SO MANY AMAZING ARCS *heart eyes and cries because I’m jealous* I purchased Gunslinger Girl when it came out but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet – it looks so good!!!! Good luck on your February TBR 🙂

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    1. haha, ARCs are great, but now my ADD/ADHD self has to actually organize myself enough to read them in a timely manner (time management? who is she??? I don’t know her!). gunslinger girl was definitely AMAZING and i hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

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  3. I’m happy to hear you had a great month and yay for reading four books, that’s great! I have heard great things about Everless so far, happy to hear you enjoyed it overall 🙂
    I really enjoyed The Hazel Wood, I hope you will love it, too. I can’t WAIT to read The Belles, it is one of my most anticipated books of the month, of the year 😂 I hope it’ll be fantastic 🙂
    thank you SO much for sharing my post! Have a lovely month! ❤ ❤

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    1. thanks, marie! i did indeed enjoy The Hazel Wood, but apparently i’m one of the only people who did, sadly. it was a great mix of thriller, magical realism, and high fantasy, though–definitely not to everyone’s taste, but i guess i’m strange like that lol!

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  4. What a great start to the reading year!

    I just started watching Black Lightening last night and I fell IN LOVE. I am so excited to watch the rest of the series. It was an unusually strong pilot, I felt. Like usually a show takes a few episodes to really hit it’s groove, but honestly I was totally THERE within about 10 minutes of putting the show on.

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    1. hi, lydia! yay! another Black Lightning fan! it’s a really great show! sadly i haven’t gotten to see too much more of it (curse you, adult life! *shakes fist angrily*), but fingers crossed i’ll get back to it soon enough!

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  5. 4 books is still a book a week, which is more than most people get around to reading. If I hadn’t have incorporated audiobooks into my reading repertoire, I would only be able to read 4-5 books a month.

    I’ve been seeing very good feedback about The Belles! I hope you enjoy 🙂

    Happy reading in February!

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    1. very true about the book a week thing. i definitely try not to pay too much attention to how much i’m reading–it’s a hobby for me and it should be fun (and for me, *personally*, making it a competition–even just with myself–would make it really anxiety producing). we should all just be proud of being readers and getting to do something that we think is fun!

      i’m super excited to get to The Belles! i really can’t wait!

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