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text 2019-02-05 03:00
My January 2019 Wrap Up
January is here is gone. The Coldest month of the year. This is the first time that it really cold in the temps as it below freezing on the last day of January along with the 30th being really cold. This made school close on the 30th and I am not sure for today.

It be worth reading books today if you wanted to or have the time. Yesterday was also a good day as well. For me I was able to read 8 books in total for the month of January.


Books Read in January:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  3. A House for a Mouse by Rebecca Westberg
  4. Colorfull by Doreen Williamson
  5. Eye of the Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight
  7. The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna by Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

My books really fall in different genres for this past month. They are in 3 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown bellow.


Books by Genre:

  1. Christian Fiction - 2 Books
  2. Historical Fiction - 2 Books
  3. Romance - 2 Books
  4. Children - 2 Books


Books by Media Categories:

  1. E-Book - 3 Books
  2. Hardcover - 1 Book
  3. Paperback - 4 Books
I have read a total of 1,530 Pages for the month of January, This is seem like a good amount for just one month. The total for 2019 is 1, 530 Pages.


Books by Pages Total:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light - 32 Pages
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition - 384 Pages
  3. A House for a Mouse - 24 Pages
  4. Colorfull - 32 Pages
  5. Eye of the Eagle - 280 Pages
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm - 174 Pages
  7. The Forgiving Jar - 320 Pages
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna - 284 Pages


Total Pages by Month:

  1.  January - 1,530 Pages


Total books by Month:

  1. January - 8 Books
Do you want to read these books or get them for yourself.
 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.

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text 2019-02-03 18:29
January 2019 Wrap Up

Total Books: 12

Audiobooks: 9

Non-Audiobooks: 3

Average Rating: 3.4


That's better than some of my recent months, but not all that great either. I'm also heavily dependent on audiobooks, far more than I used to be.


4 stars:

Excession - Iain M. Banks,Peter Kenny A Christmas Party - Georgette Heyer Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye,Susie Riddell  The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith  The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-SmithChasing New Horizons - David Alan Stern    


3.5 stars:

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong,Charlie Anson 


3 stars:

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) - Mark Bramhall,Lev Grossman A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent - Kate Reading,Marie Brennan 


2.5 stars:

The Poisoned Chocolates Case (Golden Age Classics) - Anthony Berkeley Death Without Tenure (A Karen Pelletier Mystery #6) - Christine Williams,Joanne Dobson 


DNFs (books I declared abandoned for one reason or another:

The Rule of Luck - Catherine Cerveny  Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Azimi  The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean


Now for some pretty graphs...




And finally, the losing battle of Mount TBR (a non-exhaustive list of all the books I meant to read at some point):

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text 2019-02-01 17:27
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- January 2019

While I would have liked for the month to reflect how fired up I was to start in on Reading Challenges and the like... well, let's say I've been easily distracted lately.  And also, sometimes one or two books that kind of drag can really affect your entire month's worth of reading.  But that's okay, because I have better hopes for February.

That is not to say that January wasn't good.  While I usually average about 14 books a month (two or three years ago), my current total of 8 books really is much better than my usual January totals.  I always begin the year in a slight slump, but this January actually proved to be quite productive.

I've started off the year with four new series, two of which I'm loving, one I'm on the fence about, and the last of which I may or may not finish the partner book in the duology for.  We'll see.  I have participated in two readathons, and also made a pact with myself to continue posting those 'It's Monday!' meme updates so as to remain as active as I'd like to be on the blog-o-sphere.

All-in-all, I'd call the first month in 2019 a good one!



January Reads




Books Dropped/Put On Hold


None this month!  Yay!



Currently Reading




January Reading Stats


Total works read:  8

  • 7 print/e-book novels
  • 1 audio books

Average rating: 3.19 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  Mr. Ridley by Delilah Marvelle // 4.5 Stars
  • Lowest Rated:  Lost Island by Phyllis A. Whitney // 2.0 Stars

Series I started reading:

  • Lady Darby by Anna Lee Huber
  • Vanza by Amanda Quick
  • Lairds' Fiancées by Julie Garwood
  • Mr. Ridley by Delilah Marvelle


Series I completed:

  • None this month.


Series I have made progress on:

  • Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith

Favorite reads:  Books for the month of January tended towards the "meh," with only two books I can assuredly point to as being in my favorites for the month.  Between Anna Lee Huber's The Anatomist's Wife, and Delilah Marvelle's Mr. Ridley, I've found two new authors to keep an eye on, and two new series I'm interested in following (even though Marvelle's series is only a trilogy, it seems).  Meanwhile, I probably would give a brief mention to Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a J.K. Rowling), but I technically didn't finish the book until January was over--I was thinking I'd fudge and call it a January read even if it took me a few minutes past midnight... but I didn't finish reading Lethal White until well after midnight (thus resulting in a lack of proper sleep for my day...).

Disappointing reads:  I'm going to lump both the Phyllis Whitney and the Julie Garwood together into this section, as terrible as that may be.  I don't go into books expecting not to like them, so it's usually quite a downer when books I'm looking forward to end up being unlikable, despite the fact that I can tell the author must have better work.  With Julie Garwood, I have enjoyed her books before.  With Phyllis Whitney, I obviously need to find a different book by her to make up for this one.  Either way, neither book really did anything for me.



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written




Other Posts



Coming Up In February


Tentative TBR




Other Stuff

It's a new month for the 2019 Reading Challenge, and we're doing quite well so far, with full marks for January.  I'm hoping to keep this up, and with two of my favorite romance authors dominating February's "assignment list," I'm pretty optimistic.  Meanwhile, no other little challenges are requesting my attention as we won't be participating in another readathon for another few months.  I have two more library books that need to be read so I can turn them in, and after the Reading Assignment books... well, I'm not entirely sure what else I'm going to read...

But what am I doing talking as if I have all the time in the world.  With six Reading Assignment books, one Discworld book, two library books, and one more "I need to read this right now!" book, I've kind of got my reading month full.

Meanwhile, I'm also playing with a new idea to include another section in my monthly wrap ups for reading challenge updates...  This may or may not even go into affect.  We'll see.



Previous Wrap-Ups 

Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups (2016 / 2017 / 2018)
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/02/monthly-reading-wrap-up-january-2019.html
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text 2019-01-31 21:57
My January 2019
Die Farben des Blutes, Band 1: Die rote Königin - Victoria Aveyard,Birgit Schmitz
Manga Classics: Macbeth - Crystal Chan
Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis
Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer
Die Farben des Blutes - 4 stars
Manga Classics: Macbeth - 3 stars
Stitching Snow - 4 stars
Wie Monde so silbern - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month:

Wie Monde so silbern


Books started this month but haven't finished yet:

Still, Spindle, Wahrheit gegen Wahrheit


Random ramblings:

I have come to the realization that 4 books is a totally fine number. It's enough. It would be great to read more BUT I'm fine with it. I also love the fact that I'm part of this wonderful Theme Thieves group on goodreads, cause with the monthly theme I finally grab books that I have lying around for forever and never picked up. On the other side, I have lots of Netgalley ebooks that I'M REALLY slacking on. If I can find a balance between these two, it would be perfect. (It would also be great if I would stop requesting more books.)

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text 2019-01-31 18:00
January 2019 all Wrapped Up

I posted some stuff on my blogger blog this month:

January 2019
Reviews Posted
(clicking on cover will bring you to my review @ blogger)

Ladies of Horror Fiction


The Ladies of Horror Fiction have started a new feature called LOHF Shelf Edition where we feature a blogger and show off their ladies of horror fiction shelves. You can see the first installment showing off Alex's shelves here. We'd love to show yours off too! Just leave us a comment on Alex's post and someone from LOHF will be in touch.

New Purchases/Review Copies

I used an Amazon holiday gift card to buy myself a little something. I've seen people raving about this book all over Twitter and the blogs so my hopes are high!


Patrick's not too sure about this one, haha


This book was sent in for review for my blog and LOHF courtesy of author Sonora Taylor. I'm about 80 pages in as I write this and so far it's a well written tale of a lonely little girl's evolution into a murderess.
Flame Tree Press sent me these two brand new horror novels and I'm so excited to start them!


Shudder watches this month:

I managed to get through 3/4's of the much talked about Mandy, starring a grizzled Nicholas Cage, before falling asleep during the carnage and haven't felt an undying urge to finish it up. It was so weird. I also watched Starry Eyes which was filled with some glorious body horror and is about a young starlet doing whatever it takes to become famous. My husband wasn't nearly as thrilled with it as I was.

Netflix watches this month:

Bird Box, who hasn't seen this one already? It was a nail-biter and enjoyable and I am thankful it was much different from the book which I read after the fact. They both stand on their own as similar but very different things and I recommend them both. I also watched a chilling documentary about the fashion industry and dirt cheap labor called The True Cost. I tend to keep my clothes until they fall apart but I'm going to make an effort to buy sustainable items when I need to replace something in the future and if I can't afford that I'll be hitting up thrift stores and Thred Up instead of buying new and cheap.

I hope your January reading life has been fantastic! 
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