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Month in Review {Jan}

January’s been a mixed bag reading-wise. I didn’t feel like I was reading much, and I had a bit of a slump mid-month, but, looking at the list of books I read, it might have been better than I thought…

january books

My Goodreads challenge for 2019 is 60 books. So far, I’ve read 11. 60 books in a year works out as 5 per month (no judgement, but I had to get the calculator out to check that – my maths is SHOCKING!), so I’m actually way ahead. Plus, I’ve actually been keeping my Goodreads updated – which is an achievement in and of itself for me! I got super lazy with that last year!

I’m also doing three fun challenges this year:


So without further ado, let’s get into the nitty gritty, shall we?

ink and bone

I’m in the middle of Ink & Bone, but since I’m sure I’ll have finished it by the end of the month – I’m counting it” I picked it up because it was recommended on Goodreads by the wonderful Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library series. It’s been languishing on my TBR for a while, but I ran out of other books I was more interested in this week and picked it up. I can already see how it might have sparked a few ideas for her own books.

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book you’ve been meaning to read”

simply hot pots

My first ARC of 2019. I really enjoyed Simply Hot Pots. I’d never heard of “nabemono”, but it looked delicious. This is definitely a style of cooking I’ll be trying out.

My review of Simply Hot Pots

Book Dragon Challenge: “a free book”

city of miracles

City of Miracles was a fantastic end to a fantastic series. I highly recommend it for fantasy fans!

My review of City of Miracles

Book Dragon Challenge: “a memorable book”

city of blades

Middle books of a series can be a bit hit and miss, but City of Blades was wonderful. Surprising, thought-provoking and action-packed, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My review of City of Blades

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book that passes the Bechdel Test”

Now, I had to Google “The Bechdel Test“. In case you also didn’t know…

The Bechdel test, also known as the Bechdel–Wallace test, is a measure of the representation of women in fiction. It asks whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.

kinsey & me

Kinsey & Me was my farewell to Sue Grafton, the author of the Alphabet series, who passed away last year. It’s a charming little collection of short stories, some of which made me laugh and some of which depressed the f- out of me. Definitely worth a read if you like mysteries.

My review of Kinsey & Me

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book about spies, crime or politics”

deja dead 4

The first book in the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs, Deja Dead was a re-read for me. Since the first time I read it was so long ago, it still felt pretty fresh and I definitely enjoyed it. I’m going to have to pick up the rest of the series again, for sure. I combined it with watching the first series of Bones for the Book2Screen Challenge.

My review of Deja Dead

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book by a female author”

black enough

I was blown away by Black Enough. This is one of those books that should be in every school library.

My review of Black Enough

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book written by a P.O.C”

the wicked king

I know everyone else in the entire world loved The Wicked King, but I DNF’d it pretty hard. I found it a bit depressing, slow moving, and the characters just didn’t grab me the way they did in The Cruel Prince. I’m going to go back and re-read it once the whole series is out.

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book everyone else seems to love”


I thought Cash was great. Johnny Cash was an interesting man, it was well-written and thought-provoking. One I’d definitely recommend for fans of music biographies.

My review of Cash: The Autobiography

Book Dragon Challenge: “a non-fiction book”

daughter of the blood

I didn’t love Daughter of the Blood. In fact, it creeped me out… It’s a shame because the premise and writing were good, but I definitely won’t be continuing with the series. Some of the things that went on in there were just… wrong…

My review of Daughter of the Blood

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book with blood, bones, or fear in the title”

I don’t even have words for how much I love The Invisible Library series… I’m on tenterhooks waiting for the next instalment! And, fan girl moment, I exchanged comments with the author, Genevieve Cogman. She liked and commented on my review for The Mortal Word when I posted it on Twitter. And, when I commented on her blog, was kind enough to let me know there will be more books coming (I was worried I might have to say goodbye to the characters, hate that!).

My review of The Mortal Word

My review of The Lost Plot

Book Dragon Challenge: “a book with animal, dinosaurs or mythical creatures” and “a book with a strong female lead”.

That’s all folks! Not too bad going for a busy (and not overly brilliant) month…


How was your January? Did you read any of the same books? Did you read anything brilliant I should check out?

10 thoughts on “Month in Review {Jan}”

  1. Wow, you really read a lot this month! I’m so jealous, I actually did awful with my reading this month. Sorry you didn’t like The Wicked King, although I do know what you mean about it being slow. I thought The Cruel Prince was better:-)

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  2. It didn’t feel at all like I did! But I think it went better than I thought… I so wanted to like The Wicked King… I agree, The Cruel Prince was definitely better for me too


  3. Thank you! I think I just feel like I didn’t do enough because I used to have a long commute, so I went through a book a day most weeks… So now I’m like urrghh why aren’t I reading more ahaha

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