January 2021 Reading Recap

Wow–the first month of 2021 is already over! I love new years because I’m obsessed with fresh starts and goals, so I think this month went pretty well…especially considering last year.

To rehash some of my goals for this year, I want to read 200 books in 2021–that’s about 17 a month–and I want to read War and Peace. I’d also love to catch up on my BOTM titles LOL…we’ll see.

It feels like this month went by SO fast and took forever…I was quarantined the first week or so, I moved in the middle of it, and somehow still actually read something? Dang!

Here’s what I read in January:

  • The Orchard by David Hopen
  • We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper (audio)
  • Everything Will Be Okay by Dana Perino (ARC)
  • Amulet #1 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Amulet #2 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Amulet #3 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Amulet #4 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Amulet #5 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Amulet #6 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Amulet #7 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Amulet #8 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Au Revoir, Tristesse by Viv Groskop
  • Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent (ARC)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (audio)
  • Memorial by Bryan Washington (BOTM)
  • Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen (BOTM)
  • Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (ARC)
  • Veritas by Ariel Sabar (audio)
  • The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (re-read)
  • Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Malloy (BOTM)
  • People Like Her by Ellery Lord (BOTM)
  • The Suffragist Playbook by Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Roberts
  • Girl Stuff by Lisi Harrison (ARC)

I’m also about 60% of the way through the Super Fake Love Song audiobook and 35% of the way through Conservative by Jim DeMint and Rachel Bovard for a book club I’m in.

My January BOTM picks were The Dating Plan and The Girl with the Louding Voice. I’m SO glad The Vanishing Half won Book of the Year, but I’d already read it, and most of the other finalists, and I own a copy of The Guest List, so I got The Girl with the Louding Voice with that credit. A very purple box for me–no complaints.

My TBR pile changed a lot this month–a few reads took longer than anticipated, I subbed in Soulmate Equation to prevent a reading slump, and now that I’m planning to read War and Peace in February I am a bit panicky. I didn’t meet with my JASNA book club in January because it was on my moving day–and I didn’t do the DCDAR state book club for a similar reason, but I have 3 book club books (Evelina, Transcendent Kingdom, and Snowstorm in August) on my plate in February and War and Peace and a few non-fiction books I want to supplement with. I also FINALLY got The Last Train to Key West on audio, so I want to listen to that and the new Priyanka Chopra memoir that I pre-ordered on Audible.

Does that sound like a full plate? Well…it might be, haha! But I’m going to do it!

I may complain the whole time…but I’ll do it.


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