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January Wrap-Up and February TBR

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Hello all, it’s Lois! January was a spectacular month! David joined the blog half way through the blog and I was extremely happy to have someone else to blog with. David brings something new to this blog I think, he reads a lot of different genres to me and loves science. January was also an amazing month because we posted either one or two posts for 17 days straight! We have never done this before on the blog. We also got the highest amount of views on Loisreadsbooks since I started the blog last august. Me and David were both extremely happy last night to see that all our hard work paid off. Let’s hope this month is even better and we keep this amount of posts going.

Lets get on with this wrap-up and TBR!

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I read a few books this month but nowhere near as many as David. David reads so fast and there is no way I can compete with that. I also started my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge this month, I plan on reading 40 books this year!

Lois’ Reads

1) All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon 

51Pqr9JHSXL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_ (1).jpg“Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. Nancy’s mum and dad split up. Her father Patrick moves away from their Bristol home to Newcastle. And Nancy stops talking.
Eva is forty-four, nearly forty-five. She didn’t expect to be the third wife of a much-loved household name, but eight years ago, she and semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. Eva knew marrying a much older man meant compromises, but it was the love of a lifetime for them both – until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone with his gossipy diaries, their two pugs, and a distressing voice in the back of her mind, wondering if perhaps she’s sacrificed more than she meant to.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

2) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.indd“Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

3) Massacre of the Sixty by Dave Johnston

51p-iue0kul“The billionaire Mengistu is running a competition with a ten million dollar prize fund: 60 minutes, 60 players, no rules, a straight fight to the death. Massacre of the Sixty attracts only the depraved and psychotic..

Can Holly Holloway survive the carnage to discover more about the shadowy agency “The Hollow Falx”? It’s gonna be brutal, it’s gonna be violent, it’s what she’s trained for.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

David’s Reads

1) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The-Underground-Railroad.jpgCora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her of the Underground Railroad and they plot their escape. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds on each leg of her journey.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

2) Being a Beast by Charles Foster

being-a-beast-charles-foster-cover-imageHow can we ever be sure that we really know the other? To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster set out to know the ultimate other: the non-humans, the beasts. And to do that, he tried to be like them, choosing a badger, an otter, a fox, a deer, and a swift. He lived alongside badgers for weeks, sleeping in a sett in a Welsh hillside and eating earthworms, learning to sense the landscape through his nose rather than his eyes. He caught fish in his teeth while swimming like an otter; rooted through London garbage cans as an urban fox; was hunted by bloodhounds as a red deer, nearly dying in the snow. And he followed the swifts on their migration route over the Strait of Gibraltar, discovering him to be strangely connected to the birds. 

A lyrical, intimate, and completely radical look at the life of animals—human and other—Being a Beast mingles neuroscience and psychology, nature writing and memoir to cross the boundaries separating the species. It is an extraordinary journey full of thrills and surprises, humour and joy. And, ultimately, it is an inquiry into the human experience in our world, carried out by exploring the full range of the life around us.”

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Review

3) Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker

images (1).jpeg“A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations.

Ever wonder what a mayfly thinks of its one-day lifespan? (They’re curious what a sunset is.) Or how a jellyfish feels about not having a heart? (Sorry, but they’re not sorry.)”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

4) The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon

51bwHWA6RbL.jpgOn a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber’s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators.

These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.”

Rating: ★★★★★

Review

5) The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud (The Bartimaeus Trilogy #2)

golems-eye-the“At only fourteen, Nathaniel is a rising star: a young magician who is quickly climbing the ranks of the government. There is seemingly nothing he cannot handle, until he is asked to deal with the growing Resistance movement, which is disrupting London life with its thefts and raids. It’s no easy task: the ringleader Kitty and her friends remain elusive, and Nathaniel’s job-and perhaps his life-are soon at risk. As the pressure mounts, he is distracted by a new series of terrifying attacks in the capital. But is it the Resistance again, or something more dangerous still? To uncover the perpetrators, Nathanial must take desperate measures: a journey to the enemy city of Prague and-worse-summoning once again the troublesome, enigmatic, and quick – witted djinni Bartimaeus.

 A thrilling sequel to the best-selling Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye is a roller-coaster ride of magic, adventure, and political skullduggery, in which the fates of Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty explosively collide.

Rating: ★★★★★

Review

6) Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud  (The Bartimaeus Trilogy #3)

Ptolemy's_Gate.png“Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an established member of the British Government, he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly; Britain’s enemies are mounting attacks close to London; and rebellion is fomenting among the commoners. Increasingly imperious and distracted, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is growing weak and vulnerable from too much time in this world and is nearing the end of his patience.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel’s longtime rival Kitty has been stealthily completing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus’s past. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she has to say?”

Rating: ★★★★★

Review pending.

6) 1984 by George Orwell

poster_1984_lrg.jpgThe year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.”

Rating: ★★★★★

Review

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I am really proud of how much me and David have posted on the blog in January! Let’s hope February is even better!

Discussions and Tags

Goodreads Monday: The X-Files: Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia (Lois)

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Releases I am Excited for! (Lois)

Goodreads Monday: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti (Lois)

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I meant to Read But Didn’t Get to (Lois)

Goodreads Monday: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Lois)

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read (Lois)

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Polarising Books (Lois)

Rapid Fire Book Tag (Lois)

Book Blogger Insider Tag (Lois & David)

Reviews to Look Out for in January (David)

Goodreads Monday: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Lois)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Illustrations (Lois & David)

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Underrated Books (Lois)

What Books do I have on Pre-Order? (Lois)

What Books Do I Have on Order? (David)

Dobby Artwork (Lois)

100th Post – Voldemort Artwork (Lois)

Goodreads Monday: Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (Lois)

Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels/ Comics (Lois)

Why is 1984 Relevant Today? – Part One (David)

Reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling (Lois)

All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon (Lois)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (David)

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (The Bartimaeus Trilogy #1) (David)

Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker (David)

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon (David)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Lois)

Being a Beast by Charles Foster (David)

A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series) (Lois)

The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud (The Bartimaeus Trilogy #2) (David)

Massacre of the Sixty by Dave Johnston (Lois)

1984 by George Orwell (David)

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This month I have a few books I need to read and David has a lot of books that he wants to read like always. Here is the list of books we hope to read this month.

Lois’ TBR

The Edge of Juniper by Lora Ricardson

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Things I should Have Known by Claire Lazebnik

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Johnny and Jamaal by K.M Breakey

David’s TBR

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Ring of Soloman by Jonathan Stroud

The Third Policeman by Brian O’Nolan

Jaeth’s Eye (The Agartes Epiloques #1) by K.S Villoso

Wish us luck! What are your reading plans and blog plans for this month?

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Until next time, 

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