January Reading Round-Up

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Here we are, the end of the first month of 2021. We here in Ontario are once again in lockdown. We are limiting our trips out to once a week and no visitors. Thankfully, facetime lets us see the grandkids. Hard to believe a whole year has gone by with this pandemic, a year since I held my grandkids. 

Reading has definitely been a huge stress-reliever. I still usually turn to fantasy or romance.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for January was 29 books, with the following breakdown:

Fantasy /Paranormal – 7
Romance – 8
Historical fiction –1

Historical romance – 3
Non-fiction – 2
Pix books – 6  

Inspirational – 1

Magical Realism – 1

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YA – 1

MG – 1

Epistolary – 1

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won) or an e-book. Here’s the breakdown

Library reads –19                                  

 TBR/owned books –4

E-books – 6                                                           

 

I am participating in quite a few challenges (check here for my list) but I have a few that are my favourites and have done these for a few years. Here are the books read for these challenges:

 

 POPSUGAR Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)

#6 – with gem, mineral or rock in title – Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

#17 – Has same title as a song – Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

#27 – about do-overs or fresh starts – Loving Trouble by Becke Turner

#28 – Magical realism book – Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop by Roselle Lim

#37 – Book you think your best friend would like – The Wright Sister by Anne Dann

 

52 Books in 52 Weeks

#6 – Character with same name as male family member – Dave in Loving Trouble by Becke Turner

#10 – related to fire – Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

#11 – Has discussion questions – Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop by Roselle Lim

#12 – Title starting with “D” – Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

#25 – Has multiple character POVs – Written in Red by Anne Bishop

#27 – First chapter ends on an odd number – Just a Heartbeat Away by Cara Baston

#48 – Cover with a woman facing away – The Wright Sister by Anne Dann
#59 – Shoe on the cover – The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde

 

Beyond the Bookends
The theme this month was “Set in a location you want to travel to”.

With travel now restricted it will be a long time before I can visit Paris.  Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop by Roselle Lim

 

 Monthly Key Word Challenge

I used 2 key words this month:

“Dance” – Dance Me a Dream by Kait Nolan

“Winter” – Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

 

Monthly Motif

The theme this month was “Once Upon a Time”,

I chose fantasy and read several:

3 books by Anne Bishop: Written in Red, Murder of Crows and Vision in Silver

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

 

Diversity Reading Challenge

The theme this month was “diverse folktales or mythology”: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokski

 

2 new challenges I am also taking part in:

 

Debbie Macomber’s Reading Challenge

The theme this month was “historical romance” and I read 3:

Daring and the Duke by Sarah Maclean

Dreaming of You and Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas

 

 Indigo Reading Challenge

#11. Can be read in a day – Dance Me a Dream by Kait Nolan

#13 – A Heather’s Pick –The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy 

#18 – A book to help you escape to another world – all my fantasy books!  

 

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My Kitchen Year

I’m continuing my read and cooking through Ruth Reichl’s cookbook My Kitchen Year. I’m enjoying reading her stories that are mixed in with her recipes.

This month I only made 1 winter recipe, adjusting it to suit our tastes; Beef, Wine and Onion Stew (definitely kept the wine!)

I now have several favourites which I have made several times.

Favourite Reads

My overall favourite read of the month was The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. I discovered this author/artist on Instagram and fell in love with his inspirational posts. I had to buy his book – and it has already become a keepsake. I even told my daughter I wouldn’t be lending it to her. Instead, I plan to gift my children with their own copy.

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The rest of my top reads

3 books by Anne Bishop: Written in Red, Murder of Crows and Vision in Silver

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

The Wright Sister by Anne Dann
The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop by Roselle Lim

Daring and the Duke by Sarah Maclean

Don’t Overthink It! By Anne Bogel

The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

 

Looking Ahead to February

 I need to focus on reading more from my TBR shelves! I hope to read more diverse books as well this month.

  

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-Up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)

Inspire Me Monday (at Create with Joy)

 

 

10 thoughts on “January Reading Round-Up

  1. We are also keeping trips down–I place holds at my library and pick them up/return and we order groceries for contactless pickup in the store parking lot. I am with you about reading helping my stress levels and I’m finding I’m able to write better because I’m reading so much more. I hope your husband is continuing to fully recover.

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