Monthly Wrap Up

January Wrap Up


In January I read 13 books for a total of 3,323 pages and an average of 107 pages per day. I’m incredibly pleased with how I started the year!

I read quite a few fantastic books this month, but my favorites were Sugar Sky, Saga and Damn Fine Story…oh, and Strange Practice! Really though, I rated most of these 4 or 5 stars. The big stinkers for me were Black Lies (so infuriatingly bad) and Dune (sorry super fans!) I also had a DNF already! Honestly, Black Lies and Dune were close to being DNFs as well, but they were group reads so I soldiered on


Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey
First Sentence: Ysabel would not stop crying.

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
First Sentence: “Charmain must do it,” said Aunt Sempronia.

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
First Sentence: Desmond Coke punched a bunch of chiba leaves from his pouch and rolled it into the fine pressed paper.

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
First Sentence: Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floors or carried off by tornadoes.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
First Sentence: I watched Molly’s apartment, a Mediterranean-style orange townhouse with window boxes full of hot pink hibiscus.

Saga vol 8 by Brian K. Vaughan

Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

Review to come:

Dune by Frank Herbert
First Sentence: In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, and old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.

Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig
First Sentence: My father never read a book.

Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel

Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer
First Sentence: The French doors stood open, letting in a breeze that stirred the plants on the veranda like playful fingers, but it remained stubbornly, oppressively hot in Basil Hallward’s studio.    

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
First Sentence: Under the darkened city of London, old machinery roared on.


Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
First Sentence: In the bloody decades before the year 174 of Human Era, the Kyprish Isles were locked in strife.

Here’s my TBR Tear Down progress:

As you can see, I was pretty strict this month. But that’s the purpose of this – to really make me think about the books that have been wallowing on my TBR and whether or not I really want to read them!

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