January was a very productive reading month. I read a combination of my own books and library books, and managed to complete quite a bit. One thing I have been doing is seeing if my library has an audiobook version of books I physically own and I have been finding it super helpful to tackle things I want to read, but haven’t necessarily tackled yet. Audiobooks have been a bit of a godsend right now as I work through cleaning and purging my house. I will share a Shelf of Shame photo update perhaps at the end of Feburary just so you can all see what the stats has been on that project.
Here’s the January reads I knocked out from my personal collection:
I am pretty pleased with this pile, even if it mostly came from the ARC shelf. Point is that I need to read what I own and I think that counts just fine. 🙂 Favourites from this stack were a toss up between The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves and A List of Cages by Robin Roe, both which just emotionally affected me in great ways. I highly recommend those two for sure!
Here’s what I read from the library (no photo since the majority of these guys were already taken back).
- The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
- #Weratedogs: The Most Hilarious and Adorable Pups You’ve Ever Seen by Matt Nelson
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
- Burning In This Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe
- Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn
- Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
- Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
- Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
I am not going to focus too much about the books above, but needless to say, all of the ones I read above were fantastic and totally worth your time.
Then lastly, books I borrowed.
- Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
I borrowed this one from a girlfriend of mine years ago and I FINALLY read it. I put it on my monthly goals list to complete just so the motivation was where. I liked it, though it is a very dense fantasy classic. Not sure if it’s one I’d ever read again, but I am happy I have knocked it out.
I am hoping February is as much a productive reading month as January was. I only acquired three books in the month, which I think is amazing given how my old book buying habits were. Two were books sent me (one was a gift from a friend, the other from a publisher) and I bought the one Jason Reynolds book my library didn’t own. I am hoping to keep up with everything I am sent this year, and again, I think it’s totally doable, but I will need to just keep at it.
Let me know if you’ve read any of the books above. I’d love to know your thoughts!