Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2016

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Well January wasn’t exactly kind to my reading/blogging schedule. I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump, when I finally finished my books I just couldn’t get the reviews written and posted. I apologize for my crappy blogging this month guys, hopefully February I can get back into my groove and post regularly.

I actually read more books than I reviewed and I’m really ashamed of myself, hopefully I can just sit and type them all up this week……

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Books I Read/Reviewed This Month: 11 (6 Were Graphic Novels…..)

I enjoyed most of my reads but a lot of them were just so-so and not super impressive. I’ve been on a graphic novel binge since reading the INCREDIBLE “Nimona”,Β I’m slowly wading through and finding the hidden little gems in the graphic novel world.

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

“The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey – 5/5

I really enjoyed this book I don’t have any complaints about it, it blends historical fiction and horror excellently. It’s the perfect amount of gore and slow, suspenseful scares. If you’re looking for a horror book that has a ton more to offer other than scares, this is definitely worth a look.

Review here.


The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

“The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket – 3/3

No I never got the chance to read this series when I was a kid and I really should have, because it really isn’t enjoyable for me as an adult. The writing is very simple because after all it is a children’s series and overall that’s what it read like. While Harry Potter is an enjoyable “children’s series” for all ages, A Series of Unfortunate Events is not.

It was interesting enough but I really should have read it when I was younger, it would have been so much better I’m sure.

Review here.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo – 4/5

All aboard the hype train! Choo-choo! This book definitely lives up to all expectations, usually you can’t trust overly hyped books but this one is definitely the exception. It’s fast paced and full of action.

I have a lot of love for this book, even though I really didn’t like “Shadow and Bone” that much. So if you have a similar problem “Six of Crows” is still worth a look.

Review here.


“Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson – 5/5

My first and favorite graphic novel! I’ve just started reading graphic novels and from the few I’ve read “Nimona” is still the best in my opinion. It’s hilarious, quirky, and beautiful. I have zero complaints about it at all, it really is perfect.

If you’ve never read a graphic novel before this is the perfect one to get you started and hooked.

Review here.

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)

“Ice Like Fire” by Sara Raasch – 3/5

This is the sequel to “Snow Like Ashes”, which I loved. A lot of people did not enjoy this book as much as the first one so I had very low expectations for it when I started. Honestly it was not as good as the first book but it still had the world and characters I love so I still found myself enjoyed this book.

I haven’t written a review for this yet….I’m such a slacker. Sorry.

Saga, Volume 1Saga, Volume 2

“Saga, Vol. 1” & “Saga, Vol. 2” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – 3/5

These are HUGELY popular graphic novels, seriously the whole series has nothing but five star ratings. So my expectations were ridiculously high and thus I was a little disappointed. I have some complaints but the volumes I read were moderately enjoyable. I liked them but it wasn’t anything I was crazy about.

Combined review here.

Through the Woods

“Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll – 4/5

This is a graphic novel composed of five short stories, the artwork was gorgeous and the stories were creepy. That is a perfect recap of this book pretty much. In my review I rated each story separately if you want some more information.

Review here.

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

“Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez – 3/5

I like Joe Hill so I had to check out his graphic novel series, plus it is pretty popular. Overall there was some creepy stuff and some disturbing stuff, so I don’t really know how I feel about the book as whole. I liked how interesting the plot was but I also really HATED the artwork, not a fan at all.

I’m kind of meh about it, I might have to read the next volume before I really determine that or not though.

I haven’t written a review for this one yet……awkward.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

“Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard – 3/5

Everyone has been talking about this non-stop for at least half a year. At least. Seriously, this book has a CRAZY amount of hype. It fell a little flat too. That’s all I’ll say on this for now since I DO still have a review to write.

Review to come soon, sorry guys!



Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery

“Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery” by Kurt J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch – 4/5

A very awesome graphic novel, plenty of great humor and fantasy elements. I love fantasy and this was a fun fantasy to read. I LOVED the Queens, they were hilarious and badass all at once. Definitely going to invest in more of the series!

I just finished this yesterday so my full review will be later, I have other reviewing priorities. Like books I read a few weeks ago…….

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So that wraps up my books for January! There’s definitely quite a few so I’m pretty happy with it, even though most were graphic novels.

Sorry I’ve been such a crappy poster lately though, I’m definitely hoping to get a bunch of reviews up soon though!

How was your January for blogging and reading? Let me know in the comments!







15 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2016

  1. Eve Messenger February 2, 2016 / 12:27 am

    I totally get what you mean about over-hyped books. I get nervous about them because it’s so easy to be disappointed. Fortunately, lately (with the exception of Cinder) all the super-hyped books I’ve read have been just as everyone says.

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    • thesassygeek February 2, 2016 / 3:22 am

      I agree, I always feel super lucky when I actually love over hyped books. Like I dodge a potential bullet, haha πŸ™‚

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  2. The Book Adventurer February 2, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Yay! You’re back, missed your posts. I’m sure February will be a great reading & blogging month πŸ™‚

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    • thesassygeek February 2, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Aw thanks Michelle! I hope February will be better as well, I need to get my TBR under control here haha πŸ™‚

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  3. Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny February 2, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    This has been the worst month for my reading and blogging! I only read 3 books this month, and haven’t posted a single review! Just a few tags! Ah! Hopefully I can get back into my groove this month. :p


  4. paigebookdragon February 2, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I love The Monstrumologist series!Are you planning on reading book 2soon? Warthrop and Will Henry are my fave β™₯

    And TSoUE are one of my favorites too..Ionly read book 1-4 but I’ll definitely read the rest of the seriesβ™₯

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    • thesassygeek February 2, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      I have the entire Monstrumologist series so hopefully I can get to it sooner rather than later, I love Warthrop and Will as well! I have a bunch of library books to burn through right now so it won’t be too soon 😦 And TSoUE is good but not really something I want to read when there’s still Monstrumologist to be read, haha πŸ™‚


      • paigebookdragon February 2, 2016 / 10:18 pm

        oh Lordy. My friend (Vane) introduced me to the series and I loved it ever since! And what’s your thoughts about Kearns?!

        Sidenote: has a lot of cute TM fanart ! Will Henry and Warthrop chibi are so cute!

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      • thesassygeek February 2, 2016 / 10:29 pm

        Oh. My. God. Fanart? Yes please, definitely checking that out! Kearns is kind of a likable asshole, haha. He’s creepy but also really interesting. I really like how it’s suggested that he might be Jack the Ripper.

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      • paigebookdragon February 2, 2016 / 10:32 pm

        I think I had a little bit crush on him.Maybe it was when he pushed W.H onthe cliff?Hahaha..But I like his cold logic.. He’s brilliant in a scary way.. β™₯

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      • thesassygeek February 2, 2016 / 11:47 pm

        Aw yes yes I see your point, I think I need to finish the rest of the books in order to form a proper opinion for you haha πŸ™‚

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