January Book Haul

As a child I was a very avid reader, I always have been, but recently I found myself slipping out of the habit. I decided towards the end of last year, what would be a better new years resolution other than to read more books! So I have taken it upon myself to share with you my view on a few of the books I read the previous month.

1, Let It Snow - John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
I am a massive Christmas lover, and throughout January it is normal behaviour for me to have the Post-Christmas blues. What I really needed was something enjoyable that would keep me feeling warm throughout the somewhat boring month of January. Let It Snow had me going to bed as early as I could, to fit in the maximum amount of reading my evening could possibly contain! 
Let It Snow consists of three different stories, each one entwining with the other in the most unexpected ways. The book follows the stories of three teenagers during the largest blizzard the town of Gracetown has ever seen. Each story allows it possible to feel warmth, happiness, pity and a dire need for the crunch of snow under your feet and the cheer that only Christmas can provide. For failing to pull me out of my January blues, 0/10, for making me feel unearthly happy, 9/10. A delightful cheer up technique.

2, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy - Helen Fielding
The third instalment to a series that seems to never fail to make me laugh (laugh out loud too, not the noise I make whilst breathing out my nose heavily when I can't seem to find the energy!)
I managed to read this within two days, and with 389 pages it was the perfect time filler for a weekend full of long journeys. The whole story is another period, later on in her life and Helen Fielding has created the most spectacular well-loved character that many find unable not to relate too. During this part of Bridget's life, she is attempting to fill a large whole in her heart, while raising kids, exterminating the head lice that have taken over her house- all this whilst trying to balance her desire for comfort eating with her eagerness to drop some pounds. In the period between this book and the last, Bridget has got older and she's got fatter but is yet to get any wiser! A little slow moving to start, but it doesn't take long to get a smile on your face, 8/10.

3, Fire with Fire - Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
-The second book in the Burn for Burn trilogy.
After falling head over heels in love for the first book in this series, I was counting down the days until this was released last August. As school took control, Fire with Fire was pushed to the back of my mind until recently. Being a massive supporter of the first book, I had extremely high hopes for the second. Unfortunately, it may have been because the first book was so gripping and so easy to relate too, or the fact that I read it so soon after my previous book which was still whirring through my mind- but Fire with Fire didn't have the desired effect on me at all. I won't say I disliked it, because all the way through the first half I was absolutely smitten with the cleverness of the storyline. It wasn't until the last third of the book that it started to go downhill. All through the first book, and the first half of this one the plot had been three girls, Lillia, Kat and Mary getting revenge on those who had really done them wrong. I thought the storyline was well thought out and had me hooked at all the right places. Towards end of this book, I found the story I loved, ripped away and somehow completely different. Normally, I'm all for a juicy plot-twist, but this one seemed to introduce ideas that didn't seem to fit with the rest of the story. Other than this let down, the rest of the story was as well-written as the last and I absolutely adore the fact it is so different to any other books I've read in the past. So, with that in mind I would rate the first two thirds an 8/10, but the ending has got to be a mere 4/10.

One last book, which didn't quite make it into my January purchases..

4, Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan
My current favourite author that I discovered around the end of 2012, beginning of 2013 happens to be John Green. John Greens books are to DIE for. I am ashamed to say, that Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the only book I haven't read, well until I began a few days ago. I haven't read enough to comment on it yet, but reading a John Green book ends in either 3 things:
1. Falling head over heels in love with one of the characters.
2. Crying your own bodyweight in tears.
3. Both.
John Green somehow makes me feel emotions that I didn't think possible, and as it is probably not healthy to read The Fault in our Stars forever, I decided it was long overdue to read the last of his books I am yet to experience. 
I know, from previous experience, it is probably necessary to wish me luck, and I will apologise on behalf of my future self if it is my topic of conversation for a long while. 

So there we have it, my January reading list. Now the thought has popped into my head, I am currently constructing a long list of books I need to read this year. I won't bore you with all the details, buts lets just say it includes a new release from Jenny Han which really excites me!
I think that tomorrow being Sunday and my diary being completely empty brings me no better excuse than to say that another day of reading is in order...

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