Monthly Wrap Up

January Wrap Up


In January I read 9 books for a total of 2,339 pages and an average of 76 pages per day. This was a successful start to the new year!

I read a lot of great stuff this year, starting with The Adventure Zone comics, which I picked up before starting the podcast, that I’m now obsessed with. I did have a DNF, but I kind of like starting the year that way, because it’s a reminder that I don’t need to push through books I’m not enjoying.

I’m trying a more condensed wrap-up format for the new year. Trying to find a balance between having some visual elements and a little info about the book, but not going overboard with details, because I don’t know how many of y’all really care about wrap-ups anyway. I’m also super behind on reviews, so hopefully, I’ll catch up with that at some point too.

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroys

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Express by The McElroys          

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block
First Sentence:
In the summer of ’75 I hit the road.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
First Sentence:
There is a pirate in the basement.         

Mystery Society by Steve Niles

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
First Sentence:
Eleanor West was fond of saying – inasmuch as she was fond of saying anything predictable, sensible, or more than once – that her school had no graduates, only students who found somewhere else to do their learning for a time.

Sanity and Tallulah: Field Trip by Molly Brooks          

Hocus and Pocus: The Search for the Missing Dwarves by Manuro        

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
First Sentence:
On the White House roof, tucked into a corner of the Promenade, there’s a bit of loose paneling right on the edge of the Solarium.


Lifelike by Jay Kristoff
First Sentence:
They kill my father first.

I’ve got a fairly detailed review on Goodreads, but this book just didn’t work for me because I wasn’t the least bit invested in the characters, or even really the plot. When there wasn’t action happening, I was bored out of my mind. I put it down for a few days in favor of books I was enjoying and realized I had no need to pick it up again.

Non-Review Highlights:

14 Best and Worst Reads of 2020

My Favorite Scenes from The Hobbit

Austen Month TBR/TBW

*cover images from Goodreads

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