January 2020 Wrap Up

The first month of the year has come to a close. We are now solidly in the middle of winter and 31 days into the new year. Despite feeling like this month crawled by, I will say I am very happy with the reading I accomplished this past month! Last year, I wasn’t big on doing wrap ups, but I also wasn’t really tracking my reading beyond plugging it into Goodreads. This year, I have a reading journal, notebooks, and PLANS! Organization, FTW, y’all. So, without further ado, let’s see how my reading month shaped up.

Books Read

Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

  1. The God Game by Danny Tobey::★★★★
  2. A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer::★★★★
  3. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern::★★★★
  4. Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin::★★★★
  5. Well Met by Jen DeLuca::★★★★
  6. The Tenant by Katrine Engberg::★★★
  7. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire::★★★★
  8. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins::★★

Challenges

Popsugar Challenge prompts completed: 7

  1. A book that’s published in 2020 (The Tenant)
  2. A book that passes the Bechdel test (Nameless Queen)
  3. A book published the month of your birthday (Well Met)
  4. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character (The God Game)
  5. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads (Come Tumbling Down)
  6. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (The Starless Sea)
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title (A Heart so Fierce and Broken)

#StartOnYouShelfathon books completed: 2

  1. The Starless Sea
  2. American Dirt

Best/Worst Books

The best book of January goes to *drum roll*

The Starless Sea was absolutely magical! The writing was gorgeous, the characters were compelling, and I didn’t want to leave the world that Erin Morgenstern so beautifully crafted. This was a lyrical treat and I kinda already want to re-read it!

And the worst book of January goes to *drum roll*

I went into American Dirt so excited because I had read an excerpt and was completely captured by the writing. Then I actually got to read past that first chapter and… yikes. The writing was so overwrought and this read a hell of a lot like trauma porn. I also became aware of the controversy surrounding this book and I can see where all of this very valid criticism is coming from. But let me save the ranting for my actual review.

Reflections

Even with a two-star read, this was an excellent reading month! Most of what I read, I ended up really enjoying, and I think that’s why I read so much this month. Eight books read in one month is a big deal for me! I’m pretty proud of myself and it kicked my reading goals for the year off to a great start. Let’s hope I can keep this momentum going in the coming months.

I’m also pretty proud that I actually finished all of my January 2020 ARCs in January! This is huge for me as I’m notoriously bad at keeping up with my ARCs. Usually because I request too many that are not only coming out in the same month, but the same day! I’m learning, though. I don’t think I have any ARCs that are releasing in February, so I’m going to try and get ahead on my March ARCs. I’m hoping to keep this good ARC energy rolling, as well!

As for my challenges… I could be doing better. I have knocked off 7 prompts from the Popsugar Challenge, but I’ve only read two books from my TBR bookshelf for the #StartOnYourShelfathon and I haven’t completed a single prompt for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge! I’m going to try and focus on completing at least ONE of the Book Riot prompts next month and definitely need to start grabbing books from my shelf! I can do this.

All in all, January was an enjoyable reading month that left me feeling satisfied and pretty accomplished when it comes to ARCs. Now on to February and taking some of these challenge prompts down!


How did January treat you when it comes to reading? Did you read any new favorites? Any new dumpster fires? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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