Monthly Wrap-Up – Jan 2019

Hello everyone! It’s January 31st, a.k.a the last day of the first month of 2019. This is my first ever Monthly Wrap-Up post, and my first one of the year. I’m gonna list the books I’ve read, the most liked/visited posts of the month, and my favorite posts by other bloggers.

Let’s jump in.

Books:


Does My Head Look Big in This? // ★★★☆☆ This book gets a solid three stars. It is a YA Contemporary read and is also considered a diverse book because the main character is Muslim. I liked this book but there were some issues that made me give it three stars.

The Couple Next Door // ★★★☆☆ I liked the book because the mystery was intriguing, the characters had hidden secrets, and you couldn’t trust anyone. This gets a solid three stars.

The Good Girl // ★★1/2 This is an interesting thriller which I originally gave five stars, but reduced to 2.5 after analyzing the pros and cons of the story.

All Dressed in White // ★☆☆☆☆ I gave this one star, because I didn’t like it, I thought the mystery was flat, and I didn’t feel any suspense.

My Lady Jane// ★★★★★Sweet, fun, and something different from my usual read.

The Conspiracy of Us // ★★☆☆☆ It’s partly unbelievable, sometimes implausible, and I just didn’t like it.

The Ends of the World // ★☆☆☆☆ A series that I did not like, but still read to find out the end. I thought it might redeem itself. I thought wrong.



The Recruit | The Dealer | Maximum Security | The Killing | Divine Madness |Man vs Beast


The Fall | Mad Dogs | The Sleepwalker | The General | Brigands M.C. | Shadow Wave

The above twelve books are by Robert Muchamore.


Total Number of Books Read this Month: 19



Top 5 Most Popular Post by Likes:

1st Place: WWW Wednesday #8 — 15 Likes

2nd Place: Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Recent Additions to my TBR — 13 Likes

3rd Place: Tag Thursday – This or That Book Tag — 10 Likes

3rd Place: Tag Thursday – End of Year Book Tag — 10 Likes

4th Place: 2019 Reading Challenges — 9 Likes

4th Place: WWW Wednesday #7 — 9 Likes

5th Place: Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype — 8 Likes



Top 5 Most Popular Posts by Views:

1st Place: Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Recent Additions to my TBR — 34 Views

2nd Place: WWW Wednesday #8 — 31 Views

3rd Place: Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype — 30 Views

4th Place: Top Ten Tuesday – New-to-me Authors I Plan to Read in 2019 — 29 Views

5th Place: Tag Thursday – Unpopular Opinion Book Tag — 23 View



Least Popular Post

Bookish Discussion: Bloglovin’ and Why I’m Disappointed



Favorite Posts by Other Bloggers:

Book Review: Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, Book 10 by Amber R. Duell : I loved this review by Jenaca @ Jenacidebybibliophile.

Networking for the Novice Blogger : Cristian @ The Art of Blogging is always writing helpful posts about becoming a better blogger.

Cake Flavoured Book Tag : Cake and Books? I’m all in! Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books does this very delicious book tag.

The Nope Book Tag : This is the tag that I did earlier today, and I found it @ Sincerely Karen Jo. I loved her responses!



So that’s it for this month friends! What books have you read this past month and what do you all want to read by the end of February? Let’s chat in the comments!

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – Review

Hello lovelies and welcome to another book review. I hope you are having a great day! Today’s review is of: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. This is an interesting thriller which I originally gave five stars, but reduced to 2.5/three after analyzing the pros and cons of the story.

Challenge Criteria (Popsugar): A book told from multiple POVs /  A book with unusual chapter headings

Book: The Good Girl
Author: Mary Kubica
Rating:★★1/2
Summary: One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life. 
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

What I Liked:

*Colin. I don’t know, but from the start, I liked him even though he was a bad guy. When he decided not to turn Mia over to Dalmar, that was the moment in which I decided he was a good guy and didn’t deserve to go to jail at the end of all this. I mean, imagine if he hadn’t kidnapped her. Dalmar would have sent somebody else to do it and then she might have never gone home. But Colin saved her life. At least she’s alive and not in some dark hole, playing tightrope with death.

*The writing style. The writing style was OK. The chapters Eve Before, and Gabe Before were the most interesting, IMHO. There we learn more about Mia and how her family was coping (or didn’t really care) with her disappearance. Colin’s perspective was great, but I really wanted to get to the end and find out what happened. Note: At first, it’s going to be confusing with the way the chapters skip around, but you’ll get the hang of it eventually.

*The plot. The plot was okay, nothing groundbreaking or super unique.

“I’ve been following her for the last few days. I know where she buys her groceries where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I’ve never spoken to her. I wouldn’t recognize the sound of her voice. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.” 

What I didn’t Like:

*Stereotypical characters. Dalmar, the guy who hired Colin to kidnap Mia, is Somali. Judge Dennett and his family are white. The bad guy doesn’t have to be black, and the “good” guys don’t have to be white. When I read Dalmar was Somali, his body was, quote: ‘blacker than anything I’ve ever seen.’ , I rolled my eyes. Of course the bad guy is black. The evil makes his skin darker that anything ever seen. I was liking the book until I got there. Oh, and Colin is Mia’s savior. Guess what: he’s white.

*Mia. Honestly, I felt like she was spoiled brat, even though she’s the victim. She’s always whining about how her Dad was neglectful, how she was always the black sheep in the family. She thinks she’s not acting ‘superior’, but she’s kinda snobby at times. She sometimes acts as if the world revolves around her. The end made me hate her even more.

*The twist and the end. I have a love-hate relationship with the twist and ending. Once you get to the twist, you’ll (probably) be shocked, upset, in denial, and then outraged. I had to read it twice, before I could believe it. It’s good enough to make your emotions fly all over, and you will want to break something once you’re done. But that’s my opinion. You can read spoilers on Goodreads if you want!

“Teenagers believe they’re invincible—nothing bad can happen. It isn’t until later that we realize that bad things do, in fact, happen.”


I originally gave this five stars. I thought it was amazing how the ending sucked all the emotions out of me. It sucker punched me in the gut and I thought it was great. But, after analyzing and realizing how the ending seriously upset me, I’ve decided to tune it down and give it two point five, rounded to three.

★★1/2

Have you read The Good Girl? What did you think about the story? Let’s chat in the comments!

WWW Wednesday #6

Hey, whats up guys! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post! Hope ya’ll are having a great day. I just realized that I had the questions wrong, so here is the real thing. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

What I Just Finished:

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


What I’m Currently Reading:

All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

I haven’t even started reading it yet, but I’m getting wedding-ish vibes, lol?


What I Want to Read Next:

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

That’s it for this Wednesday! What did you guys just finish reading? What are you guys reading now? What do you want to read next? Let’s chat!

WWW Wednesday #5

Welcome friends to WWW Wednesday! I hope you are all having a great day. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. The rules are simple:

  • List the books you’ve read in the past week,
  • The books you’re currently reading,
  • And the books that you plan to read.

Let’s get started!

What I Read Last Week:

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows



What I’m Currently Reading:

As of the moment, nothing. I need to get some books!



What I’m Reading Next:

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica



That’s it for this Wednesday! What did you guys just finish reading? What are you guys reading now? What do you want to read next? Let’s chat!