Monthly Wrap Up: January 2020

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I can’t believe we’re already 1/12th of the way through 2020 already! What? HOW???

Anyway. January was a bit of an odd month for me. I came into 2020 ready to battle my TBR. I made plans! And I made plans to start executing those plans! And then I hit a bit of a reading slump. And I was still kind of reading during the slump, just not finishing anything, so it didn’t even feel like a slump even though it was totally a slump. But the good news is I finally managed to kick the slump and finished off my last two major review requests. Huzzah!

Overall in January I finished fourteen books–five Romance, one General Fiction/Chick Lit, and eight SFF books. Two of these were pretty short but the rest were all full novels. Also, several of these were library books so good job on getting through my library books finally! Honestly surprised I managed to finish this many books considering how slow the month started off.

Favorite Reads of the Month:

  • Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso – This book was perfection for me, what a way to end a series. I couldn’t have been more pleased. What a ride.
  • Moontangled by Stephanie Burgis – This is a short novella set in the universe of The Harwood Spellbook series featuring two of my favorite side characters. Such a lovely fantasy romance–magical and full of feelings.

January’s Book Reviews:

Another thing I managed in January was continue clearing out a lot of older reviews I had waiting in my drafts folder. As a consequence I am now almost entirely caught up and back to my regular review schedule on the blog. Huzzah!

I also did a vampire themed mini review post featuring the following books:

  • Cat’s Paws and Curses by Nancy Warren – 4/5 stars
  • Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin – 3/5 stars
  • Crimson Nightmare by Zoey Rivera – 2/5 stars
  • Blood Price and Blood Trail by Tanya Huff – 5/5 stars
  • Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern – 4/5 stars

Other Posts:

Lots of planning posts for tackling my TBR in January with reading challenges and even a book tag to match up with that goal. I started up a new Friday feature–TBR Shelf Cleanup. I also finally managed to eek out a discussion post! Let’s hope I can keep up my one discussion post per month goal for 2020. πŸ™‚

Plans for February:

First let’s see how I did with January’s plans. Well, in December I said my main goal for January was to ‘keep things pretty chill‘ and that certainly seems to be what happened for most of the month. Although I did have a couple of other goals I wanted to accomplish, mainly catching up on writing reviews, which I did great at, and getting my eARCs read, which I also did. Yay! I also wanted to start reading the library books I have out, which I did really great at too. I managed to finish all of them except for one that I had lost interest in since checking it out so I just returned that one unread.

February plans will be to maintain reviews (don’t fall behind again!) and really buckle down with my r/fantasy bingo reading! I only have two months left and something like 10 more squares to fill for it. Darn me and my vampire themed card coming back to bite me in the ass, lol. I also have to start putting together the new bingo card since it comes out April 1st, as well as reread Dune for one of my book clubs. I’ll have a February TBR coming up shortly so look forward to seeing what vampire books I have planned for the next month’s reading. πŸ™‚

That was my January! Overall, not a bad month at all despite a slight reading slump at the beginning. At least I managed to get caught up on other things. Hope you all have a fantastic February!

 

 

20 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: January 2020

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Well, I had a bit of a reading spree near the end of the month that evened things out a bit, but things started off really slow!
      Thanks, Lynn! Hope you get out of your slump soon.

  1. Realms of My Mind says:

    I got through 5, had one DNF, but I did get halfway through a book from my February TBR, so overall doing pretty good! I’ve got some meaty books on my plate for Feb, we’ll see how long this keeps up!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      That’s not a bad month at all! I think mine would have been about the same had I not had the reading spurt at the end of the month. Good luck with February! Meaty books can be fun but I really have to be in the mood for them. I think this is why I haven’t picked up The Name of All Things yet lol.

  2. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

    Pssh you can totally get the vampire card filled out in two months. I believe!!! And I have that discussion post bookmarked to read, can’t wait. πŸ˜„

    Also, um. “Slump”…? “14 books”…??? Does not….compute………..*loud screeching noise* Kathy.exe has stopped working

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Haha, well the slump was only the beginning of the month and then after that I went on a reading binge that resulted in me catching up with lots of books. I did have at least one week where I didn’t finish a single book and for me that’s a slump. Even when I’m not feeling it I can usually get through audio but it took me a month to listen to Steel Crow Saga! Lol.

  3. Zezee says:

    Your January sounds pretty good to me β€” 14 books!
    My reading was off to a rocky start. It took a while for me to start reading this year and I went slow when I did.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      The first two weeks were so slow and I think I was reading Steel Crow Saga the first three weeks of the month lol. But things really picked up at the end, phew! Hope your February picks up!

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