Monday, February 18, 2019

On Sophie's Shelf | January Reads


I know, I know, it's almost the end of February already, but I still wanted to share the books I read back in January. I set myself a goal of 52 books this year, and although I've already fallen off the track, I did manage to read four books last month, so here's what I thought of them!


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ★★★★

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, and even part way through I was not expecting it to end the way it did. The story follows Cadence, one of the grandchildren of wealthy democrat Harris Sinclair. Every summer, the Sinclair's go to their own island, and the story follows their family, and the four Liars - Cadence, her cousins Mirren and Johnny, and their friend Gat. Cady's cousins all lie for their mothers, who are each competing for their father's inheritance, and although their family and this act annoyed me a little to begin with, in the end, I did really enjoy it.

Almost Adulting by Arden Rose ★★★

Now I haven't ever watched any of Arden's videos, but I loved the look and sound of this book when I saw it on my housemate's shelf, so decided to give it a read. It's a collection of stories about experiences that Arden had been through, and I found that she was extremely open and at times very blunt. It was a really quick, and funny read, and it was just a nice way to start the year. 


Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard ★★★★★

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
When I first started reading Fierce Fragile Hearts, the characters felt really familiar, but it wasn't until after I finished that I realised it was a companion novel to Beautiful Broken Things, so this completely works as a stand-alone novel. Fierce Fragile Hearts follows the story of Suzanne, a few years after Beautiful Broken Things, and just as she leaves care and moves back to Brighton. It was a beautifully told, but also an incredibly emotional story following Suzanne's struggles as she learns to live on her own and make a life for herself, despite her traumatic past. Reading this was an emotional rollercoaster, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I laughed and I cried. It was perfect. 

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds ★★★★

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
This was such a wonderful read. I absolutely loved the concept from the get-go but worried it could get too repetitive. It was far from it, and I was completely hooked the entire way through. Jack is such a loveable main character, and I loved reading about his realationship with Kate, and his friendships with Jillian and Franny. Another brilliant YA novel for 2019, and a fantastic debut from Justin.

Let me know if you've read any of the books I read in January, and what you thought of them! I'm definitely going to try and get back into reading more this week, so should have another book post for you in a few weeks! 
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