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January Was An AMAZING Reading Month! January 2019 Wrapup

Wow, I haven’t done a monthly wrap-up in a while! Don’t even know how that happened. But January was just such a good reading month that I figure I should. Besides! Who doesn’t love a monthly wrap up?

First of all though, I have to thank all my new followers! I can’t believe I got 100 follows on WordPress alone this month (and then some on Bloglovin’). It’s… something that has never happened to me before. At the start of the year, I think 100 was an adequate number for a whole 3 months or more. I am floored and all warm and fluffy inside. Thank you so much, everyone! I hope you will like reading about books I loved (because I mostly just post what I really thought was worthwhile to read!) and that you will enjoy discussing opinions on reading with me too, cause I love writing discussion posts as well. And I hope you’ll forgive me for not replying comments or visiting back as much as we would all want me to! I struggle with fatigue. Please understand and forgive ❤️ I will try to catch up with you all on social media though!

Anyway, all that said… January was an unbelievable month for reading! And like I’ve seen people say on Twitter, it somehow… took forever? It really felt like it did. I started out the year with some AMAZING reads, and you’ll quickly see that I have an enormous 5 star book pile! I am also almost on top of my NetGalley ratio, so that makes me happy! Now let’s see the books. I really have a lot of recommend-worthy material this month!

~ 5-Star Miracle Books Read ~

Dune To the Edge of the Sky: A Story of Love, Betrayal, Suffering, and the Strength of Human Courage The Enchanted April Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Like Water for Chocolate Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation The Forty Rules of Love

I read 13 books in January, and 7 of them were 5 stars, or at least 4.5 stars. THAT’S MORE THAN HALF!!! This is what I was talking about when I said I was having a super great reading month!! Wow… It was amazing. Although I am thinking it’s certainly somewhat to do with my mood too, because I am sort of slumping right now, and some really awesome books aren’t going down as well as these did. But it was also a collection of really amazing books! I don’t know if I will be reviewing Dune, which is plain too genius and I’m too small to review it. It’s something alright. I’ve already reviewed The Enchanted April here and it’s such an uplifting, amazing story. I will also be reviewing To the Edge of the Sky, Heavy Flow and The Forty Rules of Love soon, which were also books I will remember for a long time. Like Water for Chocolate was colorful and amazing, but I also gobbled it up too fast to manage a review – it’s one of those books that leaves you with an experience rather than with words you can write down, but I did give it a short review on one of my Sunday posts here. And Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine may or may not be getting a buddy read review sometime in the future, but for me, it was an emotionally life-changing book!

~ 4-Star Steady Good Books Read ~

Calling Major Tom Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted

These were really great reads too! (And look how good they look together.) Calling Major Tom really kind of deserves 4.5 stars, but I gave it 4 because I had trouble getting into it first. This might not happen to you, and the book is truly very recommended (and might still be ‘Read now’ on NetGalley!) I will be reviewing it in February too. Giving Up the Ghost was an odd, different little memoir that I enjoyed despite all good sense, really. There is a little review of it here.

~ Okay Books Read ~

Agents of APE (The Alien Private Eye Series #1) Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration

Agents of APE was a fun scifi adventure, geared for female readers, and I found it fun, although struggled with some bits of it, so that’s how it got on this pile. Here’s a little review. And Interplanetary Robots was a great book for any space nerd – the problem was, I’m only a space fan, and not a space nerd, so there was a lot of stuff that didn’t really appeal to me as much. But there are definitely some very cool facts in there! (Like the one where they’re making a completely clockwork robot to go on Venus because the electronics would melt. Go figure.) You can find a little review here.

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

A GIF from an old movie with a lady saying ‘Nothing’ to a man

See. I told you it was a good month 😀

~ On The Blog In January ~

Out of all these posts, I feel like the one about Why We Read Books got the least love, for some reason. Would you go and check it out please? Thank you!

 year of living kindly  four women

too organized   shin t cook

#NewBloggersWelcome   why you read

~ What I Hauled ~

Wah.. I hauled some great books, but I hauled more than I read. Which makes me feel all the guilt at not sticking to my goals!! And I’m only counting the comics that I got on Humble Bundle as ONE book! (Not even on this list. It wouldn’t fit, man.) Just in case you want to check out the Humble Bundle, though, it IS really awesome this time – here’s the affiliate link.

However! I have to say that I’m super excited about The Vela – which seems to be written by an awesome mixture of writers (Rivers Solomon! Becky Chambers!), and I was so touched when I was actually invited to review this through a message on Goodreads! I would have not even found out about the book otherwise. It’s so cool when something like this happens!

As usual, I’m linking up with Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

And that’s it for my January! What about you? Share your links with me in the comments!

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2 years ago

Wow you set the bar high for the rest of the year, you had a good start in January. Maybe take a break or read short stories or graphic novels to get you out of your book slump

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Wow, Evelina. You had an amazing reading month and I wish the same for you in February too. Sometimes, when we read too much in an instant, that leads to a slump. I hope you get out of it soon 🙂
I am so happy that your NetGalley ratio has been improved so much. But I am sad for myself 😛 You hauled a good number of books. I hope you enjoy these as well 🙂

2 years ago

This is a fab post! You’re so lucky you had so many five star reads. I’m definitely checking out Heavy Flow.

2 years ago

Congratulations on all these followers Evelina!!!!! I was already very happy when I reached 500 so I guess nearing the 1000 feels so good! But you totally deserve it with all that you do to help us all.

Kim @ Traveling in Books

So happy to see you loved Dune! It’s one of my favorite books ever, and I keep seeing it be panned by just about everyone else. I am looking forward to the movie coming out that’s going to be directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Kim @ Traveling in Books

Yes, there was a dreadful 1980s movie, and a mini-series on SyFy in 2000 or so, which they followed up with Children of Dune in about 2003. The upcoming movie will be a two-parter starring Timothee Chalamet as Paul and Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica.

I keep hearing “it’s boring”, or “The chosen one trope is so overdone” and whatnot, but there is so much more going on than just the surface level story!

Kim @ Traveling in Books

Exactly. No one considers its age when looking at the tropes.

I have a good feeling about the upcoming movie. Denis Villeneuve directed Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, and I thought both of those were fantastic.

2 years ago

13 books is amazing, and I’m so glad it’s been a good quality reading month! Eleanor Oliphant was my favorite book I read last year.

Laurel-Rain Snow
2 years ago

I also love when the books I read are 4.5 or 5 stars, and that happened a lot in January for me. Enjoy the new month, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Jessie @ Dwell in Possibility

What a fantastic reading month! Isn’t The Enchanted April just the most charming read?! It’s the perfect antidote to the January blues. If you haven’t already seen it, I’d highly recommend watching the film adaptation too. Hope you have another great reading month in February!

2 years ago

Hooray for 5-star reads. I read 41 books in January and only had one, but I had a bunch of 4.5s, so not bad. It must be great to see your numbers growing. Congratulations on the new followers. I hope Feb is even better than January for you.

2 years ago

January was a fabulous month of reading for me as well! I found myself totally excited to discover new authors, I plowed through 13 books, and I cleaned up my Goodreads Want-to-Read list, all of which made me ridiculously happy.

I read Doomsday Book…two years ago? It’s outside my usual genre comfort zone, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit!

2 years ago

So glad you had a great reading month! I did too. If you can pick, which was your favorite book this month? Haha, I know that’s a difficult thing to ask

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

Wow, that is some great reading material! And no “meh” ones. How wonderful! January did seem to take forever. I think I had post holiday blues. LOL

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

I’m glad January was such a good book month for you! Here’s hoping February is the same!

2 years ago

I love your blog. I’ve had a great reading month as well. All of my books were 5 stars. What is happening. It must a January feeling. Great wrap up.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I too found it to be an amazing month as far as 4.5 – 5 hearts, lots of quality reads. It was also a month where I read MANY books. Let’s hope for February to go as well. Happy reading!

2 years ago

What a wonderful reading month and a great start to the new year! I love the look of Agents of Ape… Thank you for sharing and I hope that February is as promising a month!

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

YAAAYYY!!! You sure had an amazing January! I wish my January was as good as yours.

2 years ago

I’m glad you had a good reading month! Mine wasn’t too bad, I did have one 5 star read so that was something anyway. 🙂

Awesome that you liked Dune. I read that one a few years back and didn’t love it, but i know a lot of people do so I’m definitely in the minority. Can’t wait to see your review! Interplanetary Robots looks super interesting too.

Literary Feline
2 years ago

I keep telling myself I need to start keeping a list of everyone’s five star books and then prioritize reading. Maybe one of these days. I am glad you had such an amazing January in reading, Evelina. I haven’t read any of the seven you mention, but many are on my TBR pile. Dune’s been there forever. I think it’s the size that keeps putting me off. My husband thinks I will like it though–and he’s usually right. I hope you love all your new books when you get to them. The Ghost Manuscript caught my eye right away with… Read more »

2 years ago

Congrats on all the new followers, you so deserve them!! ❤️❤️
A good month of reading indeed, wow! Hopefully this month will be as good for you, reading-wise xx (and in general too of course!)

CG @ Paper Fury
2 years ago

I’m so glad you had a fantastic reading month! SO deserved eep! I actually read a ton of excellent ones this January too, which makes up for the fact that January lasts approximately 10000 years. But two of my REALLY highly anticipated books did not disappoint at all and that’s just !! the best feeling.

2 years ago

You really had a great reading month. Out of 12 I only had one 5 star read haha. Hopefully the rest of the year will be similair for you.

El (Nora Eliana)
2 years ago

Wow, you really did have an amazing reading month! More than half of 13 are 5 stars?!
And congrats on all the new followers! You really deserve them all!
Elinor Oliphant is on my tbr and I’m really excited to read it one day.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I loved Eleanor Oliphant, Dune, Water for Chocolate, and Enchanted April, so now I think I need to go ahead and find your other great reads for January.

Kelly | Another Book in the Wall

Lovely wrap up, doll! Congrats on gaining another 100 followers on WP! You deserve all of them and so much more! It’s great to see that you enjoyed all your reads this month, and i hope your February is just as wonderful! ❤️ (Also, I love the it’s a wonderful life GIF haha)

Rachael @ This Westgate

Wow! Congrats on such an amazing reading month! What is your goodreads goal for the year? I feel like you’re smashing it already with these stats!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Way to go on the reading, Evelina! I’m happy you enjoyed most of the books you read:) Your new additions look really good, too!
I hope you’ve had a great week. Happy reading, my friend!

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

I’m so glad to hear that you had such a great January and read lots of amazing books! 🙂 Mine was mainly filled with studying, but now that that’s over I gladly have more time to read and blog to my hearts content again! 😀

Amanda Laird
2 years ago

Thank you so much for your kind words about Heavy Flow! My little book baby is in good company up there. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Yay for new followers and well deserved too! 7 5-star books is amazingballs! I am excited for you. I love when that happens.

herding cats
2 years ago

Woo! That’s a great start to the year. And more 5 star books than I had in the 2 previous years combined! lol

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Congrats on your new followers. It’s always nice to know that people are actually appreciating the work that you put into your blog!

Danielle Hammelef
Danielle Hammelef
2 years ago

January was an amazing month for your reading, especially since you chose 4 to 5 star reads for yourself. I tend to stop reading books now that I don’t connect with at the time, because there are just too many ones I want to read out there. January was a tough month for me, but not that it’s lighter longer and my kitchen is within 3 weeks of being completed, I’m a much happier person.