You know I love my challenges and I love books, so of course I needed to combine the two. If you’ve read my previous posts you know I set myself a reading challenge which I track on goodreads. In January I read four books. My challenge this year is to finish 30, so that’s a great start, I think. I have to say I enjoyed all four very much. Some more than others, of course.
The first book I read this year was The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. It was a nice feel-good book and a great read just after Xmas to keep the holiday feeling going for just that little bit longer. In general I liked the idea and the story of it, as well as most of the characters (there were a couple of characters that I didn’t understand at all. They just didn’t feel like humans to me, more like cartoon characters). There were also quite a few references in there that I didn’t understand and which therefore annoyed me a little. Overall I feel I’d give this book a 6.5/10.
The next one I read was While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green. I really liked this book. Like, really. It was one of the ones that I just couldn’t put down. I think I finished it during the very late hours of one night. It had some great twists and I always felt like something was happening. Loved it. 8/10!
Looking for Alaska by John Green was my third book of the month. I liked it a lot for what I think it was supposed to be. The way that the story unravelled was good and annoying at the same time. Whilst I realise that some rocks are better left unturned, I still wish I could’ve had a peek. I just like knowing. I don’t like not knowing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of things. But that’s just me and that was the whole point of it, so I can’t fault the book for that. 7/10.
Last but not least I read Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding. I think this was one of my favourite ones from January. It was very easy to read, the story was flowing nicely, the characters reasonably lovable. I don’t think there was anything that I disliked about it. I loved the little twists and turns, the honesty of it. It made me laugh out loud and giggle quite a few times. Yeah, loved it – 8.5/10.
I’d love to know what you’ve been reading and if you’ve read any of the books that I’ve just talked about, let me know what you thought of them 🙂