Monthly Wrap Up

January Monthly Wrap Up

Can you believe that January has already ended?! This month simultaneously felt like it lasted forever and that it was over in the blink of an eye.

I’ve decided to limit how many books I buy each month as my bookcases are full and my TBR is ridiculous! I think I did really well as I had three preorders this month and I only bought one more on top of those!

I also had a really great reading month I read 12 books and some really amazing books this month!

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This month I read:

Evermore by Sara Holland – this was the first book I read this year and to be honest I was a little disappointed. I still enjoyed the book but it wasn’t as good as Everless.
Rating: 3/5

Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan – I loved this book so much! it deals with toxic masculinity and has British Pakistani Muslim characters and I feel it’s a book that young boys and girls should definitely read! You can read my review here
Rating: 5/5

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – why yes I did read this book for the fourth time. And I will definitely be reading it again this year. This series is my new favourite and I just can’t get enough! My review is here if you want any more reasons why you should all read it!
Rating: 5/5

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – this was a reread as part of a readalong and I loved the book just as much the second time around!
Rating: 4.5/5

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – this is the first time I read this book since I was a kid and oh my god! So. Much. Nostalgia. I love how sassy and sarcastic the characters and I’ve fallen in love with this series all over again.
Rating:4.5/5

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus – I loved this book as much as One of Us Is Lying and I am really looking forward to more!
Rating: 5/5

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – Holy Crap! This book is amazing! The first chapter had me completely hooked and in shock and I read this book in one evening.
Rating: 5/5

Slayer by Kiersten White – I have mixed feelings about this book. While I did enjoy it I felt it took a long time to get really interesting and then the ending was a little rushed.
Rating: 3/5

The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman – I adored the first two books so much but this last book was disappointing. Nothing happened until the very end which made it really boring and made me lose interest. I feel like I expected something different. I expected a lot more action.
Rating: 3/5

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – my reread finished just in time for the release of King of Scars. I think I loved the grisha trilogy even more than I did when I read it a few years ago. I’m still team Darkling!
Rating: 5/5

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton – While I thought the story was interesting I felt it moved really slow until the very end which made me struggle to really get in to it.
Rating: 3/5

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – I am dead. That is all.
Rating: 5/5

Aside from these books I also reviewed a few books that I read in previous months. You can find the reviews for each of the books here:

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen – Rating: 4/5

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen – Rating: 4/5

Light Years by Kass Morgan – Rating: 4/5

So that’s everything I read and reviewed this month. I am hoping to have some reviews of the books I read this month up in the next few weeks. Well…once I can figure out how to convert incoherent squealing into an actual review.

How many books did you read in January? What was your favourite book?

Books by Muslim Authors, Diverse Books, Muslim Shelf Space, YA Books

Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan – ARC Review

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending my this eARC. It does not affect my opinions of the book.

I read I Am Thunder last year and loved it so I was really looking forward to reading Kick the Moon and was really excited when I was approved for the arc! It’s safe to say that I loved this book even more than the I Am Thunder!

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Rating: 5/5

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Ilyas is under pressure from everyone: GCSE’s are looming and his teachers just won’t let up, his dad wants him to join the family business and his mates don’t care about any of it. There’s no space in Ilyas’ life to just be a teenager.
Serving detention one day, Ilyas finds a kindred spirit in Kelly Matthews, who is fed up with being pigeonholed as the good girl, and their friendship blows the social strata of high school wide open. But when Kelly catches the eye of one of the local bad boys, Imran, he decides to seduce her for a bet – and Ilyas is faced with losing the only person who understands him. Standing up to Imran puts Ilyas’ family at risk, but it’s time for him to be the superhero he draws in his comic-books, and go kick the moon.

I read this book in one sitting, I just could not put it down! It’s a book that deals with many social issues prevalent in today’s society and I felt it handled it really well. Like his first book, I feel that many teenagers will relate to this and is a book I feel young boys should read. The main character being Pakistani Muslim is not something that we see in books, especially YA books and I hope we get to see more because we need more representation of young Muslim boys and girls.

There are so many important issues addressed in this book, they are interwoven really well and feel like a natural part of the story and not forced. The main theme that is addressed in this book is toxic masculinity and how this can affect not only the boys life but also those around him. He also addresses sexism, racism and prejudice. And how these can all be interlinked.

Ilyas has to deal with so much, he was a really well rounded character and so relatable. He was brought up with the “boys don’t cry” mentality and you can see how much it affects him. How showing emotion and being “soft” is seen as unmanly. He doesn’t enjoy sports like the other boys, instead he loves to draw comics and loves his rabbit. All things which are perfectly fine but he’s taught it’s not from his dad and his friends and the society around him. I felt so much for Ilyas because I have seen this growing up. Watching people tell my cousins that boys don’t cry and essentially teaching that they should not show emotion. So they never learn how to manage their emotions. They learn to hide parts of themselves if it doesn’t match what they are taught about what makes them a “man”. It just makes them unhappy and stressed and can lead them down a bad path like it did for Ilyas.

I loved that the gang culture, peer pressure and cliques were also addressed in this book. I’m sure it’s something we all saw while in school and were all affected by it. When Ilyas stands up for what is right, he puts himself and his family at risk. The fear he feels felt so real and it made me really root for him because it takes strength to stand up and fight for what’s right. I also loved Kelly, who is a reflection of the rich, privileged school girls and how this privilege gives them an advantage over other students. It was nice to see that she realises her privilege.

One of my favourite parts was that Ilyas was an artist and that he drew comics. But not just any comic, one that represented him and other South Asians. I have always wanted to see a superhero who looked like me and I was so happy to see that in this book! I just want to read a whole comic based on his superhero! I really loved that Ilyas holds onto his identity of being Muslim and a Pakistani. It isn’t something we see enough of in books.

There is so much more I want to say but I don’t want to spoil anyone so I will just say this, this book deals with really heavy topics but it is also fun and uplifting and that representation is so important and I want more and I’m sure many others do as well! I highly recommend picking this book up and also reading his other book I Am Thunder if you haven’t!

Kick the Moon releases today, 24th January.