January Wrap Up

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a productive reading month! This is the first time where I definitely felt productive in the reading department — and also felt that January dragged on for f o r e v e r. I’m usually a fan of January, but wow, not this year. 

This month I was able to finish a total of six books, which is a record for me. It would have been eight, but I DNF-ed two. 

 

Here’s what I read for January

 


 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab ★★★★★

Wow did I love this book! I started this book in December and with the holiday season ended up not finishing until early January. Had I finished in December, this book would have been my favorite read of 2018.

You can find my full review here.

 

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain ★★★★★

This was my first audiobook for 2019 and it was probably one of the best memoirs I’ve listened to in a long time. The audiobook is read by Bourdain and I would highly recommend listening to it if you haven’t already. 

You can find my full review here.

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers ★★★★★

WOW, this book. This is definitely one of those reads where you’re mad at yourself for not reading it sooner. I have a feeling this will be one of my favorites for 2019. 

Full review coming next week! 

 

Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth ★★★

Black Klansman was good, and funny at times, but it was one of those non-fiction reads where you finish and go, “okay, but what happened?” I liked the book, but it didn’t blow me away. 

Full review coming next week!

 

New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay
by Caitlin Kunkel & et al ★★★★

 Originally posted on McSweeny’s Internet TendencyNew Erotica for Feminists is a collection of hilarious mini stories filled with lighthearted antidotes and sharp wittiness for when you need a good chuckle. This book will have you laughing, and then have you saying “but really.” At only 160 pages, this book can be read in one sitting (which is what I did). I decided to not write a full review for this book because of the length, but definitely scoop this up if you’re looking for a laugh or a nice coffee table book. 

 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab ★★★★

This book was adorable! Since it’s considered Middle Grade, it’s a quick and fun read. There were a few things I thought could have been better, but overall I really enjoyed it. 

Full review coming soon!

 


 

Books I DNFed

One of my personal goals for 2019 is to become more comfortable with DNF-ing a book. I haaaate it. I feel in way I’m letting the author down for not liking their book. It’s weird, I know, but I guess it relates to me not liking when I hurt someone’s feelings. That being said, I ended up DNF-ing two books this month. 

 

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 

I think if I had I read this book when I was in my teens I probably would have loved this book.  I actually quite liked the book when I first started reading it, but then it quickly went down hill. The plot felt slow, and the character of Lara Jean felt really naive even for someone in high school. It bummed me out not finishing this book because I really loved the movie. 

You can find my full review here

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca 

This was another book that I had hoped to like. As a true crime fan I’m always on the hunt for a good true crime book, and sadly this was not it. I chose to listen to the audiobook and maybe that had something to do with it. I felt the layout of the book was a bit messy. The author was constantly switching back and forth between time periods and locations while introducing new individuals. Had the book been a bit cleaner I probably would have finished it. 

You can find my full review here

 


 

What did you read in January? I’d love to know!
P.S. We are moving this weekend (woohoo!) so expect lots of pictures of my new shelves soon. 🙂 

Until next time!

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9 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. I want to say DNFing gets easier. At the very least, you’re making more time for books you actually enjoy. That’s a pretty good tradeoff.

    Just added New Erotica and Sadie to my TBR. You made a great case for both!

    Good luck with the move! Safe travels for your books!

  2. I DNF’d one audio book this month. But I feel like making a review post about a title I couldn’t get into is a bit odd. So I just may wait until the end of the year and do one large post of DNFs … saying that, hoping I don’t encounter enough to warrant a large post 🙈

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