January Reading Wrap Up

Hello friends! It’s time to wrap up all that happened in January! This month was split in two for us. There was the half where we were on vacation, and the half when we started school again. We think it should be obvious when we got more reading done, and which part of the month we preferred. (But in case you couldn’t figure it out: Vacation is wonderful, school is consuming our lives already with homework, tests, and projects.)

The first half of January vs. the second half of January

Books Read:

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Even though my star ratings weren’t too great this month, I’m still very happy with what I ended up reading in January! I started off the month by reading some romances, which was a great choice! In fact, my very first read of the year was a 5 star read! And even though the majority of books I read this month were 3 stars, just reading them was an accomplishment. Out of my five 3 star reads, three were ARCs, including No Good Deed, which is one of the books I’ve had on my shelf the longest. (It’s tied for most backlist with another ARC that I hope to read this year.) I also finally got around to reading The Gilded Wolves, which was on my shelves for a year before I read it. So I accomplished a lot this month, and I hope that next month I continue tackling my backlist, while also enjoying the books I read more than I did this month.

Five Stars:

The Duke and the Lady in Red

Four Stars:

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Three Stars:

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I’ve started off my 2020 year strong, by being a total of 7 books behind on my reading challenge! I did read 11 books in January, so I’m not too worried about my reading challenge (there are 11 whole months left!). This month I realized that I’m obsessed with Leah Thomas, so that was a nice discovery. And! I finally got to some books on my TBR, so reading-wise January was an all-around success!

Five Stars

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Four Stars:

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Three Stars:

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One Star:

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Books Acquired:

How many books did we get in January?

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I didn’t end up buying any new books in January! And since I haven’t been requesting anything on NetGalley, I have nothing to show from there either! I find that I tend to acquire more books when we’re actively blogging for some reason, so chances are good that next month I’ll have something in this section.

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I didn’t buy any books in January either! But so far in February, I’ve bought two. So. I guess I’m making up for lost time?

Things We Did:

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We were on vacation most of this month, but I didn’t plan for anything exciting. In fact, I spent most of my time making puzzles with a show playing in the background and then sending pictures of my puzzle updates to Chana. (I completed four 500 piece puzzles, and four 1000 piece puzzles. There were quite a few updates.)

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Here’s a sample of the puzzle progress pictures I took 

But then my January took a more eventful turn! I got to see both Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen, only 2 weeks apart from one another! I have terrible luck with Broadway lotteries, but luckily my friends are great at winning them and request 2 tickets so I get to tag along. Thanks, Huvi!

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I also got new glasses for the first time in several years! I have a really weird prescription, so we’re still working on making sure I can actually see out of them, but I love the new look!

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As Malka mentioned, we were on winter break for most of January! Unfortunately, we’re back at school right now (insert the feeling of eternal despair). But January was really great! For one week of January, I went to Puerto Rico with a few of my friends, and it was *amazing*!

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Some scenic views courtesy of Puerto Rico

 Posts We Loved:

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books had a fantastic post about what makes her read your blog versus what makes her leave your blog.

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea provided us with some more useful HTML tricks.

Noémie @ Tempest of Books celebrated her first blogoversary with a wonderful Q and A!

Cait @ Paper Fury talked about some of her bookish opinions that have changed over time.

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What was the first book you read in 2020? Did you have a good reading month? What was your favorite book that you read? Did you do anything fun in January? 



19 thoughts on “January Reading Wrap Up

  1. My favorite read of January 2020 was Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I started classes again too, so I understand the reluctance to return. I love my classes, but I miss the extra reading time I had while I was on break.

    Malka, it’s neat that you got to see some Broadway shows! (So cool of your friends to request another ticket for you.)

    Chana, Puerto Rico looks beautiful. I’m glad to hear you had a blast!

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    1. Ooh, I’ve actually been meaning to start Skyward! About a year ago I tried reading Mistborn, and I ended up never finishing it, but everyone raves about Brandon Sanderson, so I think I should give him another try!

      Puerto Rico was so nice! I’m so happy I ended up having the opportunity to go. Hope you have a fantastic February!! 💕💕


    1. Thanks, Nicole! I figured it was fitting to highlight the bookish puzzle I completed! I’ve always loved puzzles, but it wasn’t until last month that I truly recognized how relaxing and therapeutic it can be to complete them. I definitely can see this becoming a lasting hobby! 🧩


  2. I saw Dear Evan Hansen as well (but Westend) and omg is it incredible!! One of my favourite shows for sure!
    Puerto Rico also looks beautiful and I’m glad you and your friends had a good time!
    As for books, Get a Life Chloe Brown and Layoverland are both on my tbr!

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    1. Dear Evan Hansen was definitely amazing! On the train ride home my friend and I were just gushing over the brilliance that was that show! It was probably the most emotional show I’ve ever seen!

      Get a Life, Chloe Brown was so good! I picked it up on a whim in the bookstore and started reading the first chapter, and then I couldn’t put it down! I know TBRs are a tricky thing, but if you’re even in the mood for a fantastic romance, I’d push that one to the top of the list!

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  3. Ohhh my goodness, DEH and MG look amazing!! What a wonderful opportunity 😍😍 I also rated The Gilded Wolves three stars, and I actually DNFed Children of Virtue and Vengeance. (Which I thought was Children of Vengeance and Virtue until the book released in stores… oops.)

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    1. They were both such great but totally different experiences! I’m so grateful I was able to see them both!

      The Gilded Wolves was an okay read for me, but I wasn’t very invested for most of the book, and I disliked a lot of details in the ending. At this point I’m not sure if I’m even going to read book 2. I guess only time will tell!

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  4. Ahh thank you for sharing my post, you’re too sweet! ❤ It seems like you both had a good reading month and got through so many books each, I admire that SO much. I really loved because you'll never meet me, such a stunning read!
    I'm so happy you got to enjoy a little break and wish you both all the best for the back-to-school time, you can do this!! ❤

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  5. Thank you for sharing my post OMG, it means a lot you’re so sweet ♥ You both read quite a few books this month! You should not worry about the reading challenge, the year has barely started, you have plenty of time to achieve it!
    Good luck on going back to school, and I wish you a great February ♥

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    1. Your post was so good, I enjoyed reading it so much! ❤❤

      I keep telling myself that, also the best thing about the reading challenge is that you can always change it! Which is what I plan on doing if I get into any bad reading slumps 😅 Thank you!! I hope you have a great February too!!

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  6. I completed only one puzzle in January–a 1000 piece Marauder’s Map. Your bookish puzzle looks fun! My favorite book in January was an ARC of The Queen’s Assassin. So much fun inside! Your January sounds wonderful and someday I’ll get to see Puerto Rico (we landed at the airport there, stepped outside so we could say we “visited” and then got on our connecting flight. Hope your school time is going well.


    1. A Marauder’s Map puzzle sounds so cool! And super difficult! This bookish puzzle was actually one of the easier ones that I completed. There were some puzzles I finished that were more difficult or I enjoyed more I wanted to feature this one because I felt it was the perfect choice for a book blog!

      I haven’t heard much about The Queen’s Assassin, but I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

      Thank you so much! School’s getting busier, but thankfully it’s still manageable at this point!


      1. Yes, the map was super difficult. Next up is a dessert wildlife scene. I need some flowers and summer in my life right now. Glad school is going well.

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