Reading-wise, January was a pretty good month. I think it helped that I participated in a read-a-thon which kind of "made" me spend all of my spare time reading as a challenge. It probably also helped that, aside from one or two books, everything I read in January was actually quite enjoyable.
I already mentioned a small and vague amount of news on my personal goings on in my Bookish Resolution January update--health problems and general stress bogging me down. But I think I still managed to remain rather productive with a few slips here and there. I'm the type who needs to keep busy and get things taken care of if I don't want to spiral my mind into depressing, paranoid messes. But I'm also stubborn enough to forcefully pluck myself out of those messes and move on.
Anyway, my productiveness translated into my blogging and reading life, which had me spending more time engrossed in books and also preparing several blog posts in advance. I'm ready for all my wrap-ups each month, I'm ready for all the reading challenge updates I need to write up and publish, I'm ready for a lot of future posts. And I've also spent a lot of time on-line shopping as well as updating old book spreadsheets and creating whole new book spreadsheets.
I may have created a black hole of bookish OCD that is slowly spiraling out of control. Not to mention those blogging schedule calendars...
(Titles link to Goodreads pages)
The Way Home by Cindy Gerard
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg
Dead by Wednesday by Beverly Long
Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
Baby It's Cold Outside by Addison Fox
Smart and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Deadly Strain by Julie Rowe
Strong and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
Superb and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
Snow Baby by Brenda Novak
300 Fox Way Holiday by Maggie Stiefvater (short story -- no cover shown)
A Minor Raven Boys Holiday by Maggie Stiefvater (short story -- no cover shown)
Books Dropped/Put On Hold
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
(audio book narrated by Jenny Lawson)
Status: On Hold
The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris
Running Blind by Cindy Gerard
January Reading Stats
Total works read: 16
1 book was a short story with pictures, 2 were online very short stories, and while there were a few "shorter" novels, I wouldn't count them as novellas--so the rest were full-length novels.
Average rating: 3.31 Stars
Highest Rated: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas // 4.5 Stars
Lowest Rated: Smart and Sexy by Jill Shalvis // 1.5 Stars
- Series I started reading:
SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team by Paige Tyler
Alaskan Nights by Addison Fox
The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
Biological Response Team by Julie Rowe
Hostile Operations Team by Lynn Raye Harris
- Series I completed:
The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
Sky High Air by Jill Shalvis
- Series I have made progress on:
One-Eyed Jacks by Cindy Gerard
Rizzoli & Isles by Tess Gerritsen
Favorite reads: One name: Cindy Gerard. The Way Home, though not as packed with action as I'd hoped, was still very a much delight to read. One more name: Sherry Thomas--The Immortal Heights--ALL THE FEELS! Look forward to a review at a later date. That is all.
Oh, and I also enjoyed Paige Tyler's Hungry Like the Wolf and Addison Fox's Baby It's Cold Outside.
Disappointing reads: I fell in love with Jill Shalvis and her Lucky Harbor family in the first three books of the series--unfortunately, I want to kick her Sky High Air crew upside the head, especially Bailey Sinclair and her boy toy pilot, Noah Fisher. Gah! Fortunately, the rest of the Sky High Air series was actually quite enjoyable; however, it's pertinent that the first book in a series be likable enough for readers to want to continue. If I didn't love Jill Shalvis and her nonsensical humor, I'd have given up after the first half of Smart and Sexy.
My only other disappointment was not being able to get into Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I've read and heard so many great things about this memoir and was very much looking forward to it for my own reasons. We're going to put this one on the back burner for a while and then maybe come back to it at another time.
Reviews & Notable Posts
- Reviews Written
- Other Posts
Coming Up In February
- Tentative TBR
- Other Stuff
I'm glancing at my blogging schedule for February and realized that, for once, I don't already have 10+ books planned for my reading list. Aside from the four Reading Assignment books and whatever else I'm currently reading, I've got nothing else--no other 2016 releases aside from Taking Fire (which I may not even be able to read in February depending on availability), no other #OMGMustReadNow!! books, and no books on my hold requests from the library.
I'm going to be starting my participation in Because Reading's My TBR List meme, which gives me one more book, an anthology, to add to my reading list, but the rest of February is surprisingly open. I suppose I could just read the other two anthologies that don't win the MY TBR List vote as well. And I could also read the other two Jeannie Lin Tang Dynasty books following Butterfly Swords that I already own.
I'm almost flabbergasted. This has never happened to be before where I didn't already have so many books planned to be read every month before that month even comes around that I'm overwhelmed.
Do I... book draw? I'm at a loss as to what to do.
I suppose I could spend some time working on me...
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)