Oh my gosh, I can’t believe an entire month of 2019 has gone by already! That means the year is 1/12th of the way over, and I still have about a billion books to get to! Welp, better up my game I guess, haha. (Although, honestly, not sure how I could do that other than to give up my job and stay home reading all day which I actually wouldn’t mind but sure my husband would object to when bills start piling up…..lol)
I’ve spent most of January playing catch-up while also trying to stay on top of new releases and only being marginally successful. But! Progress is progress so I’ll take what I can get.
I’ve read 16 books this month, which is a decent amount. 15 were Speculative Fiction while 1 was a Historical Romance (Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner–highly recommend her work if you’re into that genre). 5/16 were ARC’s/Review request books, while 7/16 were new releases (or soon to be new releases)–there was some overlap between the two so two birds with one stone and all that.
Favorite Reads of the Month:
- In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire. Oh man, I really loved this one. It’s got that prose that I adore and the story says all kinds of things…ah, meaning!
- Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis. This is the 2nd book in The Harwood Spellbook series. So much fun, hope to have my review up soon so I can gush about it. If you loved the first book in the series, you’re in for a treat.
- The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty. Oh my gosh, THIS BOOK. What a wild ride. Everything I didn’t like about the first book was absent here. I don’t even know if I have an criticisms other then having to wait for the next book. Also hoping to have my review of this one out shortly.
January’s Book Reviews:
I had a lot of book review posts (14!) this past month since I spent so much time catching up from all the books I read in December. Here are all my book reviews that went up in January in case you missed them.
Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan
Roar of Sky by Beth Cato
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Smoke & Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Windcatcher by A.J. Norfield
Appropriately Aggressive: Essays About Books, Corgis, and Feminism by Krista D. Ball
I didn’t do a lot of posts other than book reviews and weekly reading updates, except for covering a variety of topics on my Friday Favorite Five posts. But I did post a few other things this past month.
- My Year in Reading Stats – 2018
- 2019 Audiobook Challenge
- Discworld Book Haul
- And I joined the Off the Grid Readathon!
Plans for February:
I guess my plans for February are pretty much the same. I still have several Review Copy’s and a couple ARC’s to work on. I have not requested any new ARC’s which has helped slow down the in-flow though, so that’s helped! Just have to keep on trucking.
I do want to try and have more discussion posts and some things other than book reviews and the usual, but time and all that, we’ll see what happens. I have a book tag or two waiting in the wings, just have to make time to fill them out.
In non-book related news (or semi-book related), I have a new bed arriving on Saturday so I’ll be spending some of my weekend time working on a big project of reorganization to make our game room even more of a game room. We’re moving a bunch of stuff out of the library (where I sleep) and living room to the basement which will leave me room to finally put away a bunch of piles of books that have been laying around the house, so yay! I also have the next meeting of my Tea Party Book Club at the end of the month, we’re reading Lost Stars by Claudia Gray which I haven’t started yet.
Well, that was my January! It’s been pretty packed with reading and trying to catch up on posts and such. How was your month? Got any plans for February? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!