January Reads

Over the last few months, I’ve tried to put a focus on reading again. Last year, I didn’t read nearly as much as I used to. Part of the reason is because I just couldn’t find books that I could get in to. The other reason was this blog 🙂

In January, I read 4 books – so I’m getting better!


The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I finally went to see Mockingjay: Part 1 right after Christmas. Since the movie end approximately halfway through the book, I just couldn’t leave it unfinished. I have read all three books before, but I just couldn’t remember the details of the ending. So I decided to just reread the whole series. I feel like this is a series that you can keep rereading and not get sick of it. After I finished, I just sat on my couch for awhile. I had forgotten how dark and sad the books are, especially Mockingjay. I really can’t wait until next year when the final movie comes out. While I like the books better, the movies have been great in their own way – but let us hope they stick to the book in the last one!

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani: I saw all kinds of rave reviews for this middle-grade fantasy that I decided to take a chance on it (plus my library had and ebook copy!). It chronicles two girls that live in a town that 2 children are kidnapped every four years and never return. Sometimes, the kidnapped children showed up in the fairy tales that were magically delivered to the bookstore in town. Sophie wants to be kidnapped because she is the ultimate princess, while her friend, Agatha, thinks it is all crazy (most of the town thinks her mom and her are witches). Both girls are kidnapped and placed in the Schools for Good and Evil – but it is Agatha that is put in Good and Sophie in Evil. The book continues to follow their time in school and their quest to get back home. This is a fairy tale, so of course there are boys, but this focuses on the friendship between Agatha and Sophie. If you like a fun read that twists the normal fairy tale – you should pick this one up. I actually just started book 2 (A World Without Princes), so watch for that next month!


Do you like to read young adult/middle grade? What did you read last month?

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16 thoughts on “January Reads

  1. Meagan

    I really liked the Hunger Games novels as well and really liked Part 1 of the Mockingjay. Can’t wait for the final movie 🙂

    1. Alison C

      When I first read them, I was the same way. But, this last read through I feel like I appreciated Mockingjay a lot more. Maybe not like it as much, but can still appreciate that it is a good book.

  2. Jana @ Jana Says

    I didn’t enjoy Mockingjay as much as the other two. It felt predictable and sort of a cop out. Good movie, though. I read them like you did…very quickly. I think I read the whole trilogy in 10 days.

  3. Christina

    I really liked The Hunger Games books, and definitely agree that the books are darker than the movies. This makes me want to re-read them now.

  4. lisacng @ expandng.com

    I also loved the Hunger Games series! Yay for reading them in the same length. I think the movies (so far) stayed true to the books. I don’t think Divergent (another YA trilogy) did as well. I love me some YA!

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