Better late than never, right? Here I am with my January
wrap-up. Yesterday, I posted a (very long) review of Rebel by Marie Lu,
which I read in January, so I’m not going to be talking about that book in this
post, besides the mention here at the beginning. If you would like to hear my
thoughts on it, you can click here to go read that (the first part is
Anyway, aside from Rebel, I read four books in January. Let’s get started!
1. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
This was, of course, a reread for me. It was the first book
I read this year—which maybe wasn’t a great idea, since it’s really long,
meaning that I didn’t finish any books until halfway through January. It’s also
one of my favorite Brandon Sanderson books (which is saying a lot, since he’s
my favorite author), though, so from that point of view, it was a fantastic
decision. And I did thoroughly enjoy my reread.
I intend to reread both Words of Radiance and Oathbringer
between now and the fourth book’s release in November, and then, ideally,
I’ll be reading that fourth book when it comes out, so expect lots of Brandon
Sanderson-related content in the coming months. (As if I don’t already have
enough of that.)
2. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Another reread, this time one I actually started back in
2019, but didn’t finish until after I was done with The Way of Kings.
The month of January was mostly just a Brandon Sanderson readathon, though I
did read two books that weren’t by him. I loved this book, of course. I might
end up rereading the rest of the trilogy at some point, but I’m really trying
to branch out a little bit more (though the book I’m currently reading is also
by Brandon Sanderson—but I swear after that, I’m going to read others.)
3. The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
This was not a reread for me. I’d been meaning to read it
for a while, but I had never actually gotten around to it. This month, I
finally did, and now, I think I’ve read all of the Cosmere novels currently
I can’t really say much about this book because not only is
it the third book in its own series, it’s the third book in a sequel/companion
series to the original Mistborn trilogy, set a few hundred years after the
events of The Hero of Ages. What I can say is that I loved it. Brandon
Sanderson hasn’t let me down yet, and he didn’t let me down with this one.
With that being said, though, I have to admit that this
isn’t my favorite series by him. It’s good, because all of his books are good,
but it’s not mind-blowingly awesome in the same way the original Mistborn
trilogy or the Stormlight Archive. The story is smaller in scope and has a
different sort of focus, which isn’t a bad thing.
After The Bands of Mourning, I read Rebel, and
then I moved on to my last book of January.
4. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
Oh, would you look at that. It’s not a Brandon Sanderson
book. It is, however, another book that I had been meaning to get around to
reading for a very long time. Honestly, I’m pretty proud of my reading this
month. Yes, I ended up reading two books that I had already read a million
times before, but I also knocked three books off of my backlist, which I’m
pretty okay with.
If you don’t know what this book is, it’s the fourth and
final book in the Three Dark Crowns series, so I can’t really say much about it
without spoiling the whole thing.
Predictably, the first book in the series is called Three
Dark Crowns. It’s set on an island called Fennbirn where, every generation,
the queen gives birth to three triplets. Each of these three queens are born
with a different magical ability, and not long after their birth, they are
separated and sent to live with one of the major magical families on the
island, where they are raised and trained to use their powers. When they come of
age, they compete to the death against their other two sisters to become the
I love this series so much. The world of this island is
interesting and rich, and the characters
are great. Now that all four of the books are out, now is the perfect
opportunity to marathon the whole series.
Those are all the books I read in January! I’m really happy
with my reading year so far. Hopefully the rest of February will be just as
great—and the rest of the year, too.
Thanks for reading, everyone. I’ll see you soon!