The books i have read in january 2018, and a little mini review to go with each of the eight books i read.
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January Wrap Up // Books I Read Last Month 8/60

The books i have read in january 2018, and a little mini review to go with each of the eight books i read.

What I Read In January 

I am so so so proud of myself for reading eight books in January, i dont think i have ever done that, ever! Since i started this book blog though, i realised i need to read a whole lot more. This post is my January Wrap up, even though its now February… I am still learning about different kinds of posts to do!

Anyway, let’s just get straight into it. This isn’t going to be a massive post, just some pictures and ratings of the books i read.
You can see all of this on my goodreads account too…
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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Jk. Rowling

5/5 Stars

I was gifted this for christmas and I loved it so much i read it in a day. The whole book is just beautiful. This is the screenplay, so it helps that i really liked the film too! I just love Eddie Redmayne, i know you aren’t really supposed to picture movie characters in the book, but i had too.

I dont know what i like better really, Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts? I think i enjoy that FB is pre Harry Potter’s life and that’s quite exciting to find out about. The creatures definitely make this books though, i want myself a niffler!

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone by Jk. Rowling 


The first Harry Potter Book i have ever read, ever. Of course it’s the first book and you have to start with it, but i mean, it’s taken me to the age of twenty one to actually start reading the series. I enjoyed this, i liked that this book wasn’t huge and intimidating like Order of The Phoenix is (hence why i haven’t read it yet)…

This book is my favourtie so far in the series, its not too scary, im not that worried for Harry’s life yet, and it’s fun to read about Harry’s first year at hogwarts and how he, Hermione and Ron develop their relationships first.

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by Jk. Rowling 

4/5 Stars

I think im rubbish at rating anything below four stars…

Anyway, again this book is not too big and scary, so i read it in about three days? I can’t remember… I could check my goodreads but aaah well. Once again, i enjoyed reading this Harry Potter book, and seeing Harry age another year, and survive yet another year at Hogwarts without being murdered by a massive snake.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by Jk. Rowling 


I loved this one! Saving Sirius Black is the best part, and when Hermione finally shows how she’s been going to all of her classes.
I love that they have such a great relationship with Dumbledore and he just lets them travel back in time to free a man who has been in Azkaban for Harry’s whole life for the suspected murder of his parents.
Oh and the part where Lupin turns into the werewolf, and Ron’s Rat being Peter Pettigrew. I already new all this happened because of the film, but it’s so much more fun reading it!

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

4/5 Stars

This was a great book, of course. John Green wrote it! I know some of his books are either hate them or love them, but i enjoy his novels, and the stories he tells.

Although Turtles all the day down does touch a few anxious nerves, i still thought this was a great read, and a good understanding on what it’s like to be consumed by intrusive thoughts all the time.

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

5 (million)/5 Stars

Of course this is great, Rainbow Rowell is great! All of her books are just so cute, and lovely, and make you feel good! Which is great because a lot of the books i usually read make me cry, or scared, or feel a little bit sick…

The two short stories that feature in this tiny little book are adorable. I can’t decide which one i like more. The first one is super cute and i kind of expected the ending. The second story took me a few pages to get into, but i thought it was such an original idea, and i did not expect the ending at all!

Cute cute cute cute cute…

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by Jk. Rowling 

Oh i dont want to do this but after thinking about it im rating this 3.5/5 Stars

This book made me feel so nervous and anxious, i have no idea why. Honestly, i couldn’t wait to finally put it down. I loved the whole Tri Wizard part, but the ending with voldemort, aaaaaah I just wanted it to end. I dont like that Cedric died, its not justified at all. It just took such a long time to get through. Nonetheless, i still liked it, just not as much as the others.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

5/5 Stars (Easiest rating ever)

I wasn’t sure about this book when i first started reading it. I thought it was going to be boring and draggy and something would happen then it would be resolved then done. But oh how wrong was i. Not one thing happens, it goes down the whole way through the novel, and figuratively speaking, i was on the edge of my seat reading this. (Which i still will be when i watch the film…) I just think this is a book everyone should read, and learn from. It was just so damn good.

Thank you for reading my January reads!
I can’t wait to share my february ones!

Hopefully i actually start reading Order of the Phoenix,
but i have just acquired a lot of new books that might come first…

These images below will redirect you to purchase the books that i have read!


Other posts you should read are;

Books That Made Me A Reader

Goodreads Challenge 60 Books in a Year


  • Reply
    04/02/2018 at 1:53 PM

    Great post! I love watching people first get into the Harry Potter books, it’s so exciting, do you think having watched the films first enhances the experience? I think I’m due a Harry Potter reread this year… 🙂

    • Reply
      Charlotte Dawson
      04/02/2018 at 2:08 PM

      Im not sure! Part of me wishes i could picture the characters how i imagine them to be, but because of the films, they are the only characters that i see… Its not a big deal, but thats all.

      Thank you for your comment! xx

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    05/02/2018 at 7:46 AM

    You read so many great books, and I’m not just saying that because it is so Harry Potter heavy! Turtles All The Way Down is one I am hoping to get to really soon so it was great to read your review 🙂

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    13/02/2018 at 5:02 PM

    Great post! I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter’s too! I’m really hoping to read The Hate U Give at some point in the coming months, I’ve heard so many great things about it <3

    Charlotte |

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      Charlotte Dawson
      17/02/2018 at 12:45 PM

      Hello! Thank you for your comment.
      Yes it was so good i enjoyed The Hate U Give a lot!


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