Monday, February 4, 2019

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Read in January: Science Fiction

I have been going through a pretty serious blogging slump lately and it has made me super behind on basically everything including reviews and my monthly wrap up. But I wanted to start the year off with a little bit more accountability and responsibility. Plus, I wanted to brag a little bit because I have not been going through a reading slump this month. December was rough but I am definitely back on track. Because, you guys, I read 16 books this month. SIX-TEEN! And only a quarter of them were comics. I am completely back on track with my reading and hoping to continue that in February.

For challenges, this year I'm low key doing challenges. The only one I am legit doing is how many books in a year. I set a Goodreads goal of reading 150 books in a year. My original goal last year was 150 but I had to lower it so I want to make that happen this year.  For the rest of the challenges I only low key set them. I want to read 20 debuts this year and I read 2 this month which is on track for the year. I haven't really been reading e-books lately but I did get approved for a good amount on Netgalley so I need to hold myself accountable. I want to read 15 books this year. I read two this month so I might be able to do better with this in 2019. I also want to read 20 backlist books. This month I read 3 backlist books which means that I am on track for this one as well.

The Books

1.) Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka 
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
2.) Ski Weekend by R.L. Stine Rating: 6 out of 10 [Podcast Review]
3.)  White Stag by Kara Barbieri Rating: 7 out of 10 [My Review]
4.) Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Rating: 9 out of 10 [Review to Come]
5.) In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire Rating: 9 out of 10 stars [My Review]
6.) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars [My Review]
7.) Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples Rating: 9.5 out of 10
8.) From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
9.) Giant Days: Early Registration by John Allison Rating: 8.5 out of 10
10.) Sage Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples Rating: 9.5 out of 10
11.) Skyward by Brandon Sanderson Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
12.) Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples Rating: 9 out of 10
13.) Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Rating: 9 out of 10 stars [My Review]
 14.) The Girl King by Mimi Yu Rating: 8 out of 10 [Review to Come]
15.) Double Date by R.L. Stine Rating 5 out of 10 [Podcast Website]
16.) Space Opera by Cathrynne M. Valente Rating: 9 out of 10 stars [Review to Come]

To Be Read in February: Historical Fiction/FRANCE!

And here is hoping that I can continue the strong reading month. A ton of really great books are coming our this month, including a few I have been waiting on for years. I am hoping to read at least a dozen books this month. And I am also bringing back the monthly themes. I looked at the books I read last month and I basically did a sci-fi month and then realized I was planning on reading mostly historical fiction and even a few set in France.

Books for Review

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathway - Add to Goodreads
I received an advance copy of this from the publisher and I started reading it but put it down because King of Scars came out and I'm sorry all other books, Nikolai comes first. But I do want to finish it.

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers - Add to Goodreads
I read the first book in this series ages ago because I heard good things and I was not disappointed. But I didn't complete the series until last month in preparation for this book.

Enchantee by Gita Trelease - Add to Goodreads
I am so excited that Paris is having a moment in YA literature because I have been wanting more Parisian historical fiction for years now. And this is a magical version of the French Revolution. GIMME!

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok - Add to Goodreads
Another historical Paris, this time the Belle Epoque and a murder mystery with a magical element. Like seriously, it's the most Cassi book.

Immoral Code by Lilian Clark Add to Goodreads
In case I need a break from the historical fantasy and high fantasy, I have this YA mystery/thriller to break up the monotony.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee - Add to Goodreads
This is technically a March release but it is one of the Kindle First Reads this month and there is almost never one of those I want to read so when I saw this I snatched it up.

New Releases

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo - Add to Goodreads
New Grishverse book... THIS IS NOT A DRILL! I got this book last week when I went to Leigh's signing in Boston and I have been reading it all weekend!

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - Add to Goodreads
I plan to listen to this audiobook (it's narrated by Bahni Turpin who is amazing and narrated The Hate U Give). It comes out tomorrow and I plan to get it then.

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard - Add to Goodreads
I have been waiting for this book to come out for two years and it is almost here! Susan is coming t Boston in a few weeks and I am planning on being at here event to meet her and get all my books signed.

Backlist Books

Blood Water Paint by Jody McCullough - Add to Goodreads
I have wanted to read this book for awhile but then I heard it is a novel in verse and lost some interest. But I saw the audiobook from the library and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did because I am actually enjoying it.

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry - Add to Goodreads
This is another book I have been wanting to read for ages and even tried once but I never did. But I want to make a concerted effort this month.

There you have it. Some of the books I hope to read in January. As always, these are subject to change. I may read all of these or I may only read a few and then read a bunch of different ones. But honestly I think this list I can stick to. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on reading 16 books! I hope the slump is over. Enjoy your historical fiction. That’s one of my favorite genres. Happy February!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!