January Reading Wrap-Up

Welcome to our first monthly wrap up of 2019! (And of ever. Yearly wrap ups are a separate animal). Today we’ll be sharing with you all the bookish things. This month was mostly a vacation for the 2 of us so we managed to read quite a bit! It’s no coincidence that we decided to start doing monthly wrap in the month that we read the most, but this is just a disclaimer that our future wrap-ups will probably be a lot less impressive than this one. Also, since we don’t yet have enough work to make this an impossible task, all covers link to Goodreads.

Books Read

Malka: I managed to read 12 books this month and I’m so proud of myself! Especially since upon looking at Goodreads I discovered I read 0 books in January last year. So, this is quite the improvement.

I also got through a whole bunch of books that I’ve been meaning to read for a year or more, so I’m quite happy about that.

Favorite: Unbroken. My favorite anthology ever. Only one story I didn’t enjoy, and SO MANY that I LOVED!


5 Stars: 2 Books

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4 Stars: 6 Books

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3 Stars: 3 Books


2 Stars – 1 Book

Chana:  I read 25 books this month which is actually over my original goal of finishing 20! I’m really happy about it since now that school’s started again I don’t think I’ll be reading nearly as much, so getting this many books read in one month is great.

Favorite: Confessions of an Imaginary Friend was probably my favorite, it was so cute and sweet and hilarious! And it had been a while since I read a book so free of angst, it was lovely.


5 Stars: 6 Books


4 Stars: 11 Books

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3 Stars: 6 Books

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2 Stars: 2 Books

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Books Acquired

Malka: I actually have a haul this month. Which is rare, but vacation inspires spending. This is a big haul for me, but it’s less than 10 books so….Two of the books I bought at author events which was quite exciting.


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I very excitedly got approved for Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris. I’ll probably read this book in February because it sounds adorable.


Chana: I don’t think I bought that many books this month.


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Things We Did

This month was filled with book events. Malka attended The Gilded Wolves event in NYC that included Roshani Chokshi, Melissa Albert, and S. A. Chakraborty on a panel, with a signing that follows. It was a great event, and I now really want to read City of Brass!

Chana and I also were able to attend Leigh Bardugo’s launch party for King of Scars at the Strand this month. There was a meet and greet before the signing, where we got swag, like pins and passports, and got the chance to answer trivia about the Grishaverse.

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Then at the event, Leigh focused on questions from the audience and gave the most amazing answers. She was hilarious and had us laughing the whole night. We also got to meet our Bookstagram friend Erin from thebookists and meet all sorts of really nice bookish humans.

While waiting on line I also met the talented Tatiana from tatianasweaving who makes the most amazing needlepoints. Everyone should go follow her to see her amazing work!


Then we got our books signed and were handed cookies as we left. Quite the event!

Posts We Loved:

Michelle @ Chelle’s Book Rambling  Original Plot – Is this an Oxymoron?

Laura @ Boats Against the Current Is the future of reading digital?

Cait @ Paper Fury Cover Reveal for The Boy Who Steals Houses

Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight Open Endings Can You Live With Them?

Tell us about your month! Did you read anything exciting or go to any events that you enjoyed? Which book are you happy we read or bought?


16 thoughts on “January Reading Wrap-Up

  1. I’m being reminded that I need, really need to get to reading A very large expanse of sea, I’ve bought it and everything but I’m rarely in the mood for contemporary so I haven’t gotten to it yet 😦 But this year for sure! You’ve both read so many books, it’s so impressive, maybe I’ll get to your level one day!

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  2. You both had such a great reading month! I’d be too scared to list books by star rating since like, I wouldn’t be able to fill most of the categories.

    I saw some videos and pictures of the Bardugo event on Instagram and it looked SO fun. You both sound like you enjoyed it!

    (also I’m so happy seeing another co-blogger team. Go co-bloggers!!)

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    1. Star rating seemed like the most simple way to do it this time around, but since this is our first monthly wrap-up we’ll see how things change in the next few months.

      The Leigh Bardugo event was really great! She’s so nice and funny and sweet and made the whole atmosphere really exciting and enjoyable. Plus I got to be surrounded by bookish people, which is always great.

      And YAAAAAAAAS! Co-blogging for the win! Honestly, I love co-blogging. There’s no way I’d be able to handle blogging all on my own. It’s also fun to be able to do a collab post whenever the mood strikes.

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      1. The star rating worked out great for this post! It makes for a great way to scroll through and see what topped your faves and didn’t meet your expectations. I’m a sucker for aesthetics like that.

        Being surrounded by bookish people = the ultimate goal. Leigh sounds amazing to meet in person, ahh!

        YES, right?? So great to have someone you can balance the work with and share the book love 24/7. Collab posts are always a highlight!

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  3. Ahhhh you both read SO much this last month, this is SO amazing, wow. I have A Very Large Expanse of Sea on my TBR, curious and impatient to get to it 😀
    I’m so happy to see you got I Was Born For This, I LOVE this book with ALL of my heart ahhh, I’m excited for you to read it, hope you’ll love it 🙂
    I hope you’re having a lovely February 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I have a feeling the impressive reading month is a one time event, unfortunately. So don’t set your expectations too high!

      I really enjoyed A Very Large Expanse of Sea, so I can’t wait to hear what you think!

      You were the one that inspired my purchase of I was Born for This!! There was a post that talked about Heartstopper and I Was Born for This on your blog a few weeks ago. So I checked out Heartstopper and LOVED IT! And then as I read through Heartstopper, I made my order for I Was Born For This. #noregrets. I can’t wait until I have time to read it!

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      1. AHHH REALLY? Oh this makes my entire day, I’m so happy to hear this ❤ ❤ Heartstopper is so heartwarming, it just makes me smile, I love it so much. I hope you'll love I Was Born For This, please keep me updated when you read it 😀

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  4. Okay, I just requested Unbroken from my library because it sounds pretty amazing. And I also need to check into Confessions of an Imaginary Friend–sweet and hilarious is just what you need sometimes!

    I’m really jealous that you guys live near NYC. Definitely the place to be in the publishing world. Oh, and I followed Tatiana—her stitchwork is awesome!

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    1. Unbroken was amazing! It tackles so many topics so well, and through a variety of genres. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! And sweet and hilarious is my fave. So glad you found 2 more books to read! I’m sure your TBR is thanking us! 😆

      NYC is wonderful when it comes to book events! There’s no way I’m be able to meet authors if it wasn’t this convenient for me to meet them.

      And I’m so glad you followed Tatiana! She’s the sweetest and SO, SO talented and I just want to promote her stuff as much as possible!


  5. So many books, you guys! Awesome book month with books I still need to read on your list. Going to author events is so much fun. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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