January Reads: Bingo Check-in

How is it already the end of January!

It has been such a year, so far I've read seven books all on audio though.

These seven books could easily fit in more than one category but here's where I decided they go for my bingo board. I can't wait to see what y'all read this month!

First up with A Betrayal, I chose King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard. This is book three of the Red Queen series. It is full of political intrigue and many many twists of alliances. Mare Barrow is trapped by a King's obsession with her and her power. He uses her to destroy everything she ran away to create. Will she cave and let him have her heart too or will she break out of his cage.

(Would also fit with: Female Author, Sequel, Blue Cover, Over 300 pages, Enemies to Lovers)

For Set in the Past: I have The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio G. Iturbe, translated from Spanish to English by Lilit Thwaites. Dita Kraus is tasked with one of the most dangerous jobs in the concentration camp in Auschwitz. She is the librarian of a secret school. Tasked with guarding eight books it gives her life meaning it that hellish death factory but if the books are found, she and all the students will meet the gas chambers much sooner than anticipated.

(Would also fit with: Blue Cover, Over 300 pages)

For my Sequel box I went with book two of the Red Queen series, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. In this series people are divided by the color of their blood and the powers their blood contains. Mare Barrow's blood runs red but her powers are stronger than any silver known before her. Who will fall bloodied by the crown and who will rise to stand with the Lightening Girl?

(Would also fit with: Female Author, Betrayal, Blue Cover, Over 300 pages, Enemies to Lovers)

The Enemies to Lovers trope can be quite violent and sometimes questionable but my choice for this box was a much gentler read than usual. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer has Prudence Daniels outraged by a low grade on her science project and she blames it all on her "lazy" lab partner, Quint Erickson. When she gets the power to control karmic justice she targets the "slacker" Quint in an attempt to convince him to redo the project with her.

(Would also fit with: Female Author, Betrayal, Blue Cover, Over 300 pages, Beach Scene)

Female Author: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, was a quick reread for a stressful day at work. Going back to a book I've already read is a wonderful way to bring out the emotions I have built up. Shatter Me helps the misfits and misunderstood remember that their place in the world doesn't have to be defined by others. Of course our issues aren't nearly as grand as Juliette having the power to kill with just a touch or being trapped in a world where an extremist government controls everything from what you read to what you eat.

(Would also fit with: Over 300 pages or Author of Color)

For Non-Fiction I read C.S. Lewis's autobiography Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life. C.S. Lewis has been a huge influence on my life and I consider him a wonderful roll mode. This book isn't about his whole life but more of his journey to discover what it means to have "Joy" beyond momentary thrills. It contains huge insights into his journey from atheism to Christianity and how his years in boarding school and with his family influenced his future career path.

(Would also fit with: Plants on Cover)

We saved the best for last! For Own Voices the amazing, breathtaking, masterpiece Reverie by Ryan La Sala. I grabbed this one from the library on a whim. The cover looked pretty and I had no idea what a Reverie was. I didn't even read the description before hand. I do that every now and then as a surprise to myself, sometimes I end up with a dnf or something okay but not really my style. If I had read the description before hand I might not have even given this book a chance but I'm so glad I did. This is a standalone book and also Ryan La Sala's debut. This book will be getting a full review here next week!

(Would also fit with: Over 300 pages, Blue Cover, Debut Author, A Betrayal, Animal on the cover, Enemies to Lovers, Cooking scene)

For those of you who are just joining us or missed the January post here is a blank copy!

2021 Reading Bingo

You can fill it out in any order throughout the year; If you follow this chart you'll need to read one book every two weeks (25 books total) to complete it by the end of 2021.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram @hopes__happenings or to share it on my Facebook page. Depending on how many people participate I might do a give away at the end of the year.

I hope this helps kickstart your 2021 Reading!

Drop a comment below if you have a book suggestion or a writing prompt!

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