Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Monthly Wrap-up: January 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to my January wrap-up. I hope you all had a wonderful month. For me it was quite busy with unpacking (we moved into a new place) and doctors appointments.

I am now in the third trimester of my pregnancy and feeling great. Time sure is flying by. We have started gathering baby items and I can't wait to start putting together my little boys nursery. 11 more weeks to go!

We had some very mild weather here in Ontario this past month. There were a couple of days with heavy fog, but now it is starting to get quite cold.

Last weekend we watched the movie X-Men: Apocalypse and it was pretty good. Normally I'm not into superhero movies, but for some reason I really enjoy this franchise. Here is the trailer:

Is it just me or does James McAvoy (Professor X) look like an 80's Paul McCartney? Quicksilver is definitely my favourite character in this movie though.

I completed 2 books in January, which isn't quite up to my monthly standard, but it I did get much more reading done this month than I have in a while.

Click the links below to read my reviews:

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley 
Rating: 5/5
I loved this young adult contemporary novel about a teen who hasn't left his house in 3 years and the people who befriend him.
Favourite Part: The main character Solomon was wonderful. I was able to relate to so much in this book and re-read many parts several times.
Recommendations: I would recommend Highly Illogical Behavior to fans of young adult contemporary who are looking for a humerus novel that will make them reflect.

🌟🌟🌟.5 Skeletons in the Attic (A Marketville Mystery, #1) by Judy Penz Sheluk 
Rating: 3.5/5
This was an enjoyable mystery written by a local author. It follows a woman who inherits her childhood home and begins investigating the mysteries behind her mothers sudden disappearance.
Favourite Part: The author based the setting of this novel on a town that it nearby me. I enjoyed the familiar locations and also the Canadian references throughout.
Recommendations: I would recommend Skeletons in the Attic to those who enjoy mysteries that have a bit more meat to their bones than the typical cozy.

The Stats:

Total Number of Books Read: 2
Total Number of Fiction: 2
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review Read: 1
Total Books Read From My Shelves: 0
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1

Genres Read:

Young Adult: 1
Mystery: 1

Total Books Read in 2017: 2

A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware is a historical fiction set after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. I had hoped to have this one finished to include in January's wrap-up, but I'm not quite there yet. It shouldn't take me too much longer though as I am really enjoying this story.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan is another one I was hoping to have finished by now. I am listening to it in audio format on my Overdrive app from my library and it expired before I got to the end. So now I'm on the waiting list to borrow it again. Hopefully it won't be too long of a wait.

  • The Empress Holds the Key by Gabriel Farago (sent for review) 
  • No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom, #1) by Elizabeth Ludwig
Did you do a monthly wrap-up? If so I'd love to check out your post, so leave me a message below and I will be sure to check it out. Hope you all have a wonderful (possibly romance filled) February. 

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  1. Enjoy February...and I'm curious about Highly Illogical Behavior.

  2. It seems like a lot of people read Highly Illogical Behavior last month. I’ve read one of the author’s other books and didn’t like it, but I’m curious about this one. Happy February!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Ah thats too bad, you didn't like the authors previous work. I can understand the criticism people have for Highly Illogical Behavior, but for me I was able to take so much away from it.
      Happy February to you as well, AJ.

  3. Congrats on a smooth move and wow, 3rd trimester already? How time flies! Glad you're doing and feeling well. I've never done a monthly update since I'm a knitter first but one of these it'll be fun to.

    1. Thank you. He will be here before I know it and there is still so much left to do to prepare.

    2. You could try monthly wrap-ups for your knitting, showing the progress you made. :)

  4. Two is good! All the best for the third trimester. Exciting times.

  5. Oooh! I really want to watch X-Men Apocalypse someday!

    Here’s my January Monthly Wrap Up!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog