January flew by! It was a mostly busy month for me as work started it get a lot busier. With my new job I am able to listen to more audiobooks again, which is nice though! I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to, but I haven’t really sat down to figure out how I want to go about things for this new year. I should really do that soon. Life has been pretty okay; except I found out my immediate family (mom, older sister, niece, nephew, and aunt) has Covid, so that sucks. My older sister got it first and since they all live in the same house, everyone got it. I’m just crossing my fingers that they are not bad cases and that they’ll all be okay.
As far as reading goes, I was able to read and listen to six books! Three that I read myself and three that were audiobooks. I also started a seventh book, but unfortunately wasn’t able to finish it before the month ended. It feels good being two books ahead of schedule on Goodreads. I didn’t write any reviews in January, so that was a bummer. One of my goals for this year was to write more reviews, and *maybe* write at least 2-3 reviews a month, oops. The 2-3 reviews a month number was a loose goal though, so I’m not beating myself up over it or anything.
Anyway, you can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in January…
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of January.
Kent State by Deborah Wiles – 3 out of 5 stars.
In December I was reading Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily and the character Dash mentioned Kent State and it sounded interesting from the way he talked about it, so I really wanted to check it out. My library had it available, so that was the first book that I read this year! It was such a heartbreaking story. I flew through it because I couldn’t put it down and it’s also written in verse, so that made it a pretty quick read as well.
Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker – 5 out of 5 stars.
I HAD to read Forever Wild as soon as possible and since I didn’t get to it in December, I made sure to read it in January. It was so amazing! It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I need more!! I believe there is a book three coming! Forever Wild was book “2.5”. I highly recommend checking out the series if you haven’t already; the first book is The Simple Wild.
#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer – 3 out of 5 stars.
I really love Nicole Byer, so I wanted to check out her book #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE. My library had it available, so I decided to read it. I really liked what she had to say and her message, but the book seemed a little too repetitive and as much as I loved all the pictures that she included of herself, I feel like it was a little excessive with the amount of pictures. It was still a good book though and I’ll forever love Nicole Byer.
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of January.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 4 out of 5 stars.
All the Bright Places was my pick from my old TBR jar that I haven’t updated since 2017. One of my goals for the year is to read at least one book a month from that TBR jar and this was January. I started off reading it on my own, but then I decided to check out the audiobook from my library instead since it was available. I really liked the book, but it was so heartbreaking and sad. I am glad I finally read it though! I’ve been wanting to for so long. I think I actually bought the book in 2015!
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars.
I mentioned in my book haul post how I am doing an audiobook reread of the first three books in The Bone Season series to prepare for hopefully reading the fourth book soon that just came out in January. I listened to the first two books and they were just as amazing as when I first read them years ago. This series forever has my heart and I can’t wait to read the new fourth book as soon as possible! As I am typing this blog post, I am listening to book three.
These are the books that I started to read in the month of January, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.
You Say It First by Katie Cotugno
I wanted to finished You Say It First by the end of January, but the last one and a half to two weeks of the month I wasn’t really reading as much. Hopefully this month I will get this one finished. So far, it’s okay. I don’t really have that much to say about it. I think I’m only about 15% into it though, so not very far into it yet. I have a couple ARCs I am hoping to get to this month, so I can get those reviews up and then whatever else I read is up in the air. We’ll see what happens!
What books did you read in January? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!
Today, I am going to blog hop during my break at work and also later when I get off work. I am excited to check out what you’ve been up to and what you’ve been reading. I want to try to come up with some kind of schedule, so I am doing this at least once or twice a week. I have a lot of things I want to do, I just have to get them on paper and figure out a way to do it. Hopefully I’ll figure all of that out soon! I mentioned my old TBR jar earlier in this post and I am thinking about doing another one, but with all of my books in it. I stopped updating my old one sometime in 2017, so it would be nice to have a TBR jar to choose from with other older books on my shelves as well. We’ll see what happens with that. It’s a lot of work making one, unless I print off the books instead of writing them out like I’ve done in the past. Hmm.
I hope you have a great day!