January Reading Round-Up

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We are already at the end of January – and time to share what I have been reading this past month. The total read for January was 37 with the following breakdown:

Fantasy – 3
SciFi – 1
Paranormal -2
Romance – 7
Historical romance – 1
Women’s Fiction – 6
Classics – 1
Non-Fiction – 2
Picture Books – 13
YA – 1

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 20
TBR books – 4
e-books – 10
Charity reads -3 (Thus $6 donated to Goodwill)

I have signed on for quite a few challenges and have found several that overlap. Instead of listing all of them, I will post under a page on my other blog that links to all the challenges (check here).
I had planned as well to do a separate post for my Jane Austen Reading Challenge, but for now, I will post it here:

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This month I started with Pride and Prejudice and I must admit, I once again struggled with reading it.  I started and stopped numerous times. In fact, I left it until the end of the month to finally finish it!
But I must admit that once I got into it, the language that had been off-putting at first, was actually became more accessible. I am glad I read it and it has actually sparked an idea for a book I’d like to write.
Next month I am going to read novels inspired by Pride and Prejudice as well as Mansfield Park.

 

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:
Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
8. About a hobby – The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown
19. From multiple character POVs – My Forever Home by Debbie Burns
21. by 2 female authors – Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
25. Debut Novel – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
28. Recommended by celeb. – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal
33. Zodiac/astrology term – Why Stars Chase the Sun by C. R. Ellis
35. Same letters for 1st & last names – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
37. Two Word Title – Love Letters by Katie Fforde
40. Fav. Past prompt – book about food – The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal

52 Books in 52 Weeks
9. Character with career I wish I had (writer) – Some Lucky Woman by Carmen De Sousa
14. Ugly cover – Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
15. Teen as main character – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
17. -Set during a holiday –2 books: The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown, and, Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan

22. Fantasy novel – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
26. 1 word Title – Butterface by Avery Flynn
27. Book that makes you mad – #NeverAgain by David and Lauren Hogg
29. Published by Harper/Collins – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal
30. Author who uses initials – Why Stars Chase the Sun by C. R. Ellis
43. Children’s book – Don’t Touch My Hair! By Sharee Miller
46. First book see in bookstore – The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for January was “book from a celebrity book club” : Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “Why” : Why Stars Chase the Sun by C. R. Ellis

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “New to You Author”. I had several:
Why Stars Chase the Sun by C. R. Ellis
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal
The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown
My Forever Home by Debbie Burns
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Love Letters by Katie Fforde

Connect Five
Five books that I read and connected by genre are 5 women’s fiction novels:
Some Lucky Woman by Carmen De Sousa
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal
The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown
Love Letters by Katie Fforde

Favourite Books Read This Month
This was a good month for reading –I rated a number of books  a 5 at Goodreads.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Princess Bride by William Goldman
Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal
The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

February Goals
I did not read any MG novels in January, so hope to read several in February. I hope to read more of my TBR books – I have sooo many. I have been decluttering and actually donated several boxes of books – but I still have too many.
February is Black History Month and I plan to read several diverse books.

 

I am linking with the following:

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Month in Review at Book Date

 

 

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Best of the Bunch

 

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Monthly Wrap-Up

 

12 thoughts on “January Reading Round-Up

  1. You had an amazing reading month and I love the variety of books that you read. I try to read a few picture books and post reviews for authors every month too. This year, I seem to be loving fantasy–maybe the books are just getting better or my mind is opening to new possibilities.

  2. Thanks Danielle
    Fantasy lends itself to series and I am loving the series by Sarah J. Maas especially. On my 5th book of her Throne of Glass series.
    Also like paranormal – just discovered book 12 and 13 of Darynda Jones Grave series. I thought the series was done!

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