reviewing every book I read in January in one sentence each

One thing that might be surprising is that I read a lot of romance novels. I don’t talk about it here because this is more of a YA book blog. When I saw that Jack Edwards reviewed all the books he read in 2020 in one sentence each, I knew I had to try as well. Because I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing, I thought it’d be a good idea to dedicate a post on my (brief) thoughts for each book I’ve read so far in 2021. However, that post would be insanely long, so I decided to split them up by month. Today, I’ll be reviewing all the books I read in January, and in a few weeks I’ll review February’s books, and so on and so forth.

All of the reviews are spoiler-free!


JANUARY


Download (PDF)~ Icarus and the Sun BY : Gabriel Picolo - ndirtiya

Icarus and the Sun by Gabriel Picolo
✩✩✩.5
Great art style and lovely story about relationships!

Heartstopper, Volume One by Alice Oseman
✩✩✩✩✩
Absolutely adorable (and heartbreaking) story, characters, and art style!

Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha (The Mechanists, #1)
✩✩.5
I loved the idea of a steampunk, post-apocalyptic world set in South Asia, but the writing was a little awkward and I didn’t like the characters.

Release (The Release Series, #1) by Aly Martinez

Release by Aly Martinez (The Release, #1)
✩✩✩
The story, characters, and plot were all just okay.

KANE (Slater Brothers Book 3) - Kindle edition by Casey, L.A.,  Editing4Indies. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Kane by L.A. Casey (Slater Brothers, #3)
✩✩✩
Each book in this series has the same kind of romance (quick tempered girl falls in love with hot guy), but it’s still fun to read.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
✩✩✩.5
The writing is very lyrical, but parts of the story felt repetitive.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1)
✩✩✩
I thought I was going to like this book about a witch trying to solve her twin’s murder with the aid of a demon prince, but I had a hard time liking the characters.

Enemies by Tijan

Enemies by Tijan
✩✩✩
I liked this book, I think? (I don’t remember much about it)

Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains): Robert, Katee: 9781532398063:  Amazon.com: Books

Desperate Measures by Katee Robert (Wicked Villains, #1)
✩✩
I picked this up because it someone recommended it to me on Instagram, but it was a little too smutty and a little too dark for my tastes.

The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Origin #3)
✩✩✩.5
As much as I love this series and this world, this book was mostly filler.


This was fun! It was nice to talk a little bit about all the books I read (not just YA). I usually don’t read romance books for their plot, which is why I don’t review them on here.

Are there any books that you read but don’t review?
What are some of your favorite books you’ve read so far this year?

Least favorite?

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Stay awkward and amazing!

8 thoughts on “reviewing every book I read in January in one sentence each

  1. Em @ The Geeky Jock 06/19/2021 / 4:16 pm

    Oh, this is a fabulous way to review books! 🙂 Great post!

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  2. Michael J. Miller 06/23/2021 / 10:41 pm

    This was a fun idea! And yes, I’d say most of the books I read I don’t review. But, while there are some reviews on my site, I tend towards more analysis/examination/random ramblings-driven pieces. That’s just how my brain works and/or prefers to write. That’s part of why I’m so bad with Goodreads! I want to get into it and I really wish I could! But I always overthink my reviews for sooooooooo long I forget most of what I even want to say about the book in the first place XD.

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      • Michael J. Miller 06/27/2021 / 9:38 am

        For years I’ve done a reading “competition” with my friend, Hannah. We divide the year up into three rounds (Jan-April, May-Aug, Sept-Dec) and keep track of all our books and pages read. We get together at the end of the round and compare. Then the we go out to dinner and whoever’s read less pays. It’s fun! And it helps me keep track of my reading…but I still can’t efficiently translate that to Goodreads even though I already have everything written down! Ahh, maybe one day I’ll find my Goodreads groove :).

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