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Booklog: January/February 2016

I know this is a little bit late, but here’s my booklog for January and February. I didn’t read as much as I would have like in these two months, which has made me a little behind on my reading challenge for this year, but hopefully I can manage to catch up in the quieter months. This is literally just going to be me reviewing 4 books, because I only read 4 books in two months. There’s also no pictures, because I moved house and taking a photo of myself holding my Kindle after the cold I’ve had this week is not appealing at all.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

I was really looking forward to this book after reading the blurb. A boy wakes up in a deserted place after dying? Sounds great to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it that much at all. I kept waiting and waiting for something more to happen and it never did. It felt as though Ness was building and building towards something that never quite reached a climax, and I just wanted it to be “more than” it was, to be honest.

The characters were well-drawn, the plot was interesting, but it just wasn’t enough to keep my attention.


Half Bad by Sally Green

Nathan lives in a cage, because his Dad is the most evil witch in the world. If he doesn’t escape, and receive 3 gifts by his birthday he’ll die.

I really liked this book. It reminded me of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, with the issue of race playing a huge part in the story. Nathan is treated badly because he’s different, and strangers never give him a chance to prove otherwise. I was almost in tears at multiple points during this. The character’s are brilliant, the discrimination is brutal, and the themes of good and evil are dealt with beautifully.


I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk

When I was 17 I got the first novel in this series (I Heart New York) free with a magazine. It was one of the first books I ever read involving adults doing adulty things like having sex and breaking someone’s hand. I remember feeling super grown-up, because even though I’d had zero boyfriends, and zero experiences breaking hands, I got to share in a grown-up experience and pretend I was cool enough to run off to New York after my boyfriend had cheated on me. I loved that book, but my attention span for girly fiction is waning a bit now. Probably because I’ve been through the whole heartbreak thing and I never ended up running away to New York to become an editor on a top fashion magazine. Also, the main character, Angela, is beginning to settle down now, so there’s no more violence and partying, and I’m just not into that whole romantic “let’s plan a wedding” thing. It does not make for the most interesting read, unfortunately.

Problems aside, I still found this book quite enjoyable. It does get ridiculous at points, and some of the characters are a bit cliched, but it’s lovely and funny enough to make up for that. I got shamefully soppy at the romantic ending as well.


The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright

I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone by saying anything, because it’s one of those books where you’re not supposed to know what’s happening until it does, but this is an amazing book. There are two narrators, each telling a different story. It’s sad and happy and shocking and lovely and it covers so many important themes from real life. I literally can’t even mention the themes without risking ruining something, so just read it. Or read another review of it that’s probably 100% better than mine.
I’ve already read 4 books in March, so there’ll be another post where I write really bad reviews soon.

What have you read recently?

9 thoughts on “Booklog: January/February 2016

  1. I’ve been tossing and turning through books, looking for the right ones, but I haven’t found them yet. It’s hard to please me suddenly. I’ll let you know when I find the right book for me to read.

  2. I looked Half Bad up and it sounds really interesting. I’ve just bought it off Amazon and I’m looking forward to reading it.

    I’m currently reading A Pale Horse by Charles Todd – it’s the 10th book in the Inspector Rutledge series, about English police in the 1920s

  3. Hopefully the next set of books you read are better than the ones from January and February! Not all books are interesting to people, so that’s fine.

    Half Bad sounds interesting with having to receive gifts or else death will come. Sometimes, I wonder what is the logic behind some curses- if there is any!

    I haven’t read any books recently unless little sections for school counts XD.

  4. I have heard of The Things We Never Said. I don’t imagine our tastes in books is too similar, which is why I feel your good rating of that book suggests I should I read it! If someone had similar tastes to me it would be an ‘of course I would like that book too’.

    As for I Heart London, I haven’t heard of the New York one either. But I often feel like reading soppy chick literature and cheesy young adult fiction from time to time. It’s a good break between serious books. It’s also pretty easy to read and I read them pretty quickly, but as we age they get old too. :p

  5. I haven’t heard of these, but they sound interesting! That’s too bad the first one was a let-down though. The plot sounds like it could have been really cool. Your review of The Things We Never Said makes me curious!

    Sadly, I haven’t read any books this year, other than maybe some manga.

  6. I always figure four books is better than no books. I don’t think it matters how much or fast you read as long as you’re reading. And that’s a generic you, not a literal one.
    All four of those books sound good to m and I’ve added them to my goodreads.

    I’m reading the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. A former Justice Department operative who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, Cotton Malone has crisscrossed the globe on electrifying quests. With the smart and capable Cassiopeia Vitt by his side, Malone faces down the world’s deadliest threats—unraveling, along the way, some of history’s most legendary and iconic mysteries The books are packed with action, secrets, history, conspiracies, and international adventure

  7. I’ve heard none of these books! The last one, like Cat, does make me curious! I may look into that one 😀 A shame the first one didn’t turn out so well. Its premise had great potential, but that sucks it didn’t reach it!

    Hope you’ll read more books in the next month or so 😀

  8. Half Bad and The Things We Never Said sound very good! I’m just finishing the Divergent trilogy and then I’ll definitely get on them! I might re-read Malorie Blackman too, I feel like I haven’t read Naughts and Crosses in ages. Hope your cold has gone and you’re feeling better soon!

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