Wrap-Up | January 2019

Hello my fellow book lovers, and welcome to my first monthly wrap-up of 2019! My reading year didn’t start with a bang, unfortunately. I’m still not in the mood to read and on top of that, I got a temporary job in January and was too exhausted to do anything most days.

Anyway, I read a total of 3 books in January and am already behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m hoping to catch up in February, but because I’m job hunting, I can’t tell what my near future’s going to look like.

When you click on the book’s title, you will be brought to the Goodreads page. I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most.

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sawkill girls

I have never read anything like Sawkill Girls before, which is a YA horror. I think I would’ve been more invested if I had read the text instead of listening to this on audiobook. This didn’t live up to the hype for me, but I nevertheless ended up giving this 3.5 stars. You can read my full review – which includes content and trigger warnings – here.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer is another unique read. I liked that this seemed like a slice-of-life novel, as opposed to a typical mystery thriller. I enjoyed the character dynamics and would highly recommend picking up the audiobook, which I finished in a handful of hours. You can read my full review here.

our stories, our voices

As I have mentioned before on my blog, I want to read more anthologies and short story collections. I’m glad to say I enjoyed Our Stories, Our Voicesa collection of non-fiction essays. I plan on posting my review in a couple of days, but I’ll already share some of my thoughts with you today. This book was written following the 2016 presidential elections in the USA and stars authors such as Anna-Marie McLemore and Aisha Saeed. In my opinion the feminism was intersectional as it includes rape survivors, women of colour, queer women, etc. Full review to come!

what about my TBR

My January TBR was not an ambitious one: I only wanted to get to two books for certain, whereas the rest would be random picks. Nevertheless, I only managed to read one of those books! The Obelisk Gate is still on my TBR and hopefully, I’ll be able to continue it in February.

As for my first quarterly TBR of the year, I didn’t do great either. I haven’t picked up any of those books yet, so I’ll have to focus on that in February and March.

currently reading

becoming

I started listening to the audiobook of Becoming by former First Lady Michelle Obama, but I keep getting distracted by true crime podcasts. This is a great read though and I am determined to finish it in February!

the life changing magic of tidying up

I’ve only seen a few episodes of Marie Kondo’s Netflix show so far, but those were enough to make me pick up The Life-Chaning Magic of Tidying. I organise my workspaces regularly, but they never stay clean for a long time. I’m hoping this book is going to teach me techniques to keep my life more organised.

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Have you read any of these books yet? What were your thoughts? Which books did you read in January?

Thank you for reading,

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