January Reading Round-Up

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We are already finished the first month of 2020. It has been an excellent month for reading. Being sick with a cold helped – I really didn’t feel like doing much else other than reading. Didn’t even get to celebrate my birthday.
It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for January was 48 books (15 of them picture books!) with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 1
Historical Romance– 7
Romance – 15
Women’s Fiction -3
Non-fiction – 1
Memoir – 0
Picture books – 15
Humour – 0
Mystery – 0

(Diverse books – 3)

I will continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 36
TBR books –0
E-books – 10
Charity reads – 2

Jane Austen Challenge
Last year I created my own challenge to ensure that I read Jane Austen’s books s well as retellings of her books. I did not read all of her books so I hope to do so this year.

I enjoy the retellings and read one this month: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I read a lot for this challenge – and many fit other challenges as well. So many good books!

#1 – Book published in 2020 – The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
#10- recommended by favourite blog – How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
#11 – anthology – How the Dukes Stole Christmas
#14 – by author with flora or fauna in name – Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
#16- has book on cover – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
#18- with made-up language – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
#21 – published in month of my birthday (Jan.) – The Best of Us by Robyn Carr
#22 – about or by a woman in STEM – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

#27 -features one of 7 deadly sins –Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
#37 – A WESTERN – One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey
#40 – fav. Past prompt – debut novel – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Advanced
#2- 20 or Twenty in the title – Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
#6 – by author who’s written over 20 books – Johanna Lindsay (Wildfire in His Arms)
#7- more than 20 letters in title – Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read quite a few books that fit prompts for this challenge.

#1- with letter “W” in the title – Wildfire in His Arms by Johanna Lindsay
#2- A hardcover – Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
#4 – set in winter – Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains
#8- orange on the cover – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
#10- a bestseller – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
#13- written by female author (lots of these!) – Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston
#14- book in a series – The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
#15- with romance (lots of those too!) –Writing Mr. Right by Michaela Wright
#17 -by more than 1 author – How the Dukes Stole Christmas
#20- by author with same last initial as yours (L) – One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey
#23 – title begins with A – Almost Jamie by Gina Robinson
#24 – title begins with a B – Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
#31 – featuring royalty – Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
#35- debut book – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
#42 – prompt from past year – pub. In 2018 – How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
#45 – cost less than $5 – I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
#46 – by author used in earlier prompt – Robyn Carr – Best of Us

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge
#2 – debut novel – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
#3 – recommended by trusted source – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

#8 – a re-read – Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
#10-12 – 3 books by same author: Johanna Lindsey
One Heart to Win; Wildfire in His Arms; Let Love Find You

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key words I used this month were:
New – Not Another New Year’s by Christine Ridgway
Six – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Winter Wonderland”
I read: Seduction on a Snowy Night  –Anthology by Hunter, Jeffries, Ridley)
Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was omen in the Workplace” – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was “historical fiction”, I read 3 books (and several historical romances, which I am not including)

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

Favourite Reads
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

My top 10 though were:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber

Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

 

I am linking with the following:

Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)

Spread the Love (at As Told by Tina)

 

8 thoughts on “January Reading Round-Up

  1. Great reading month and isn’t it great to have so many really good reads. I have read quite a few of them and totally agree with you. Must get on to the Brackston book though.

  2. So sorry you were sick and missed out on celebrating your birthday! Happy belated birthday! Once again, another excellent book month with so much variety. Great job!

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