January Wrap-Up and Book Haul

January was a really good reading month as I had so many 5 star reads. I also got to read an ARC of my most-anticipated book of the year and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Books Read: 17
ARCs Read: 3
Favourite Books: Circe / The Song of Achilles / The Exact Opposite of Okay / Golden Son / Morning Star (it was a really good month for 5 star reads!)
Least Favourite Book: The Abortionist’s Daughter

Books Read in January

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Red Rising by Pierce Brown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Puritan by David Hingley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven [eARC] ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde [Litsy Whodunit] ⭐️⭐️⭐️
How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ms Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Golden Son by Pierce Brown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ms Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Morning Star by Pierce Brown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Giant Days, Vol. 3 byJohn Allison ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Feel Free by Zadie Smith [eARC] ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Circe by Madeline Miller [ARC] ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

January Book Haul

Books I Bought:

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Waterstones Exclusive Edition)
The Lord of the Rings Boxset by J.R.R. Tolkien (Folio Society)
The Outsider by Albert Camus (Folio Society)
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley (Folio Society)
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (Folio Society)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Deluxe Illustrated Edition)
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner (Signed Edition)
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Tenth Anniversary Edition)
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Tenth Anniversary Edition)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Waterstones Gift Edition)
Traitor by David Hingley (Signed Edition)
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Signed Edition)
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (US Signed Edition)
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Waterstones Signed Edition)
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (Signed Edition)

Every Night I Dream Of Hell by Malcolm Mackay
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Morning Star by Pierce Brown
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Origin by Dan Brown
The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Nancy Drew Starter Set #1-6 by Carolyn Keene
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

ARCs / Review Copies:

The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Circe by Madeline Miller
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements

Books Received as Gifts:

Everless by Sara Holland (US Signed Edition)
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition)
Emma by Jane Austen (Penguin Threads Edition)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Penguin Threads Edition)
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury Modern Classics)

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (Bloomsbury Modern Classics)
Poison by Sarah Pinborough
Charm by Sarah Pinborough
by Sarah Pinborough
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

As you can see, the lifting of my book ban meant I went a little overboard with book buying this month. I’ve decided to limit how many books I buy over the next few months to 5 new books per month. Fingers crossed I actually stick to it!


  1. Emma

    31 January 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Wow, so many great looking books. I need to try re-reading the Red Rising series again because whilst I loved the first book I struggled getting through Golden Son and then never bothered with Morning Star.
    Also I don’t know if it is just me but the cover of Wild Embers reminds me of that for Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. It’s just all the scattering of colours on the black background.

    Good luck in sticking to your book buying. 5 books per month seems like it could be a good number, although there are so many great books being published within the next couple of months. I’ve just put myself on a book buying and pre-order ban so I can save for YALC. The temptation to not walk into a bookshop will be challenging indeed.

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      31 January 2018 at 4:18 PM

      I preferred Golden Son and Morning Star to Red Rising. It might be worth trying again with them! I wish I could go to YALC but doubt I can afford it. Good luck with your book buying ban!

  2. Emma

    31 January 2018 at 4:44 PM

    I know two of my really good friends love them so I certainly do want to give them another try.
    In terms of YALC, it was a spontaneous decision to book the tickets and part of me still can’t believe I did it. This will be my first time and I’m really excited by it, although I can also feel a little bit of anxiety setting in. Even if I don’t go again after this year, I want to be able to say I’ve been once and seen what it’s all about. And thank you. The more books I don’t buy, the more money I have for YALC so I really hope I stick to it.

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      31 January 2018 at 7:05 PM

      Are you going all weekend to YALC? I’m very tempted! 🙈

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