what I read in January

what I read in January

I’ve challenged myself to read 52 books in 2019, and I thought it would be fun to recap what I read every month all year to hold myself accountable. So, these are the books I read in January (plus the books I plan on reading in February and the books I checked out and/or purchased in January).

Carly, one of my favorite bloggers, is doing the same thing, and she’s also posting her reads on her Instagram stories. So, consider Carly my inspiration (as always).

Note: I don’t openly rate books anymore, so if I don’t like a book, I won’t include it on these lists. If it’s on the list, assume I liked it enough to give it three or more stars.

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January Recap

I read 9 books in January. I love to pad the early months of the year with lots of reading. When it’s cold and awful outside, I want nothing more than to hole up inside with a book.

But when it gets warmer, I read less and am a lot busier (typically). So I get behind in the summer.

This month I read…

  • One audiobook
  • Two nonfiction
  • Seven fiction

Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

This was a long audiobook, but I enjoyed this historical fiction story of Anne Boleyn, from childhood to her death. It doesn’t miss a single detail, though, so if you don’t like dense historical fiction, you might want to pass on this one.

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

This was a fun YA contemporary mystery about Henry VIII and his six wives… if they were all in modern-day high school. Team Parker!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

This was my first group read with my writing group. What a delicious, intoxicating YA fantasy! I don’t know what to say about this other than the worldbuilding and the narrative are exquisitely done, and the two main characters are thousands of years apart but feel so close together.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

I picked this up with the goal of improving my craft, and I enjoyed it! If you are a writer and have trouble plotting things out, this might be a useful resource for you.

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

I loved Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe series, and this historical YA had a similar vibe.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

This was such a sweet book, and although I felt like it went on for a little longer necessary, it was a fun read for a cold January day. (You definitely don’t need to read it in December!)

The Wicked King by Holly Black

This was one of the most hyped YA fantasy releases of January and of 2019, so I was excited to get my hands on it this month! Wow, WHAT a twist.

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah

I haven’t read a book like this before – it’s told in a series of emails between two people and their best friends, and traces a relationship from its beginning to its end. It is a little cynical, but definitely fun to mix things up.

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Reese, you are an icon. This was even more than I expected and I really enjoyed it. It is such a pretty book to have on a shelf!

A few books I want to read in February

  1. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
  2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  3. Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser (for research!!!)

The books I checked out or bought in January

  1. I skipped my January book of the month. None of the choices were appealing to me, unfortunately.
  2. I checked out Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer and The Girl King by Mimi Yu from the library. I also checked out Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen from Libby.
  3. I didn’t buy too many books this month but had a few gift cards, so I preordered a few releases I’m waiting on: