January Monthly Recap
It’s time for our first monthly recap of 2018. Find out which books were favorites and which were duds for the month of January. We’ll end our wrap up with a glimpse of what’s coming out in February.
Jen: After an insane end of 2017, I’ve finally found the time to get back to reading. 2018 is off to a great start for me. I read 14 books this month. Only 5 books were written by women and only 3 were written but ethnic or racial minority authors. Two books either featured LGBTQ+ characters or were written by LGBTQ+ authors. Two were translated works.
Favorite book read in January: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. You can read my review of that book here. Honorable mention goes to my Iceland book for Read Around the World Challenge, The Greenhouse by
Least favorite book read in January: Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence. I found it rambling and boring. I hated the characters because I found them thoroughly uninteresting and inane.
Future Goals: I have gone overboard with challenges and book swaps. I’m participating in numerous Litsy book swaps, am running a 1001 traveling book swap (if you want to join in, come join our goodreads group: Reading 1001. We are a group of readers making our way through Boxell’s 1001 list of books to read before you die), and am doing way too many reading challenges.
Book Worm: I have had a slow start to the year. So far I have only read 7 books. In my defence only 2 of those were under 300 pages and 2 were over 400 pages so my page count is pretty good. My mix of male and female is well balanced at 4 male and 3 female authors. The book I am currently reading is also by a female author. I also managed to read 2 translated books and have crossed Iceland and Norway off my read around the world goals.
Favorite book read in January: Independent People by Halldor Laxness. I loved this look at a remote croft in Iceland where superstitions battle daily with Christianity and the realities and hardships of life. This is a book full of ups and downs and the central character Bjartur will drive you mad.
Least Favorite book read in January: Women in Love by D H Lawrence. The only good thing I can say about this book is that it was not as bad as Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille. This book was tedious from start to finish.
Future Goals: I have had to cut back on reading challenges as I just don’t have the time anymore so my aims are pretty much to keep up to date with the Goodreads Reading 1001 monthly, yearly, and quarterly books as well as as TBR challenge.
Upcoming February Releases:
I am, I am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Jagannath: Stories by Karin Tidbeck. Technically this is already out but is being pushed as a 2018 release. While I don’t love short stories, this collection sounds pretty amazing.
Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. Debut novel set in Nigeria
What Are We Doing Here: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
What can you look forward to on our blog in February? We’ll be playing catch up and posting some of the backlog of reviews we have. We’ll also be hosting our Read Around the World challenge. February is Turkey and we hope you join us. Time permitting we’ll be featuring Jeannette Winterson as our February author. Finally we’ll be posting lots of book reviews and book-related posts.
We want to hear from you. So what are your plans for February? How was your January? Which books were your favorites and least favorites read this month?