Monthly Wrap-Up: January ’19

MonthlyWrap-UPAfter starting the month kind of sluggish, I feel like January ended up being a really good month in terms of reading and blogging. My Kernels of Nonsense feature feels like its been in hibernation for the last couple of years, but I’ve already done two posts for it with a couple more drafts in the works. I’m really looking forward to all the backlist books I have lined up and am hoping in general to get to more of the books I own. With my Goodreads challenge goal set at 50, I feel like I have more time to spend on the books I’m reading and maybe even some more time rereading. This month I read six books which included two rereads. I did another buddy read this month with Carolyn @ A Hundred Thousand Stories. We tackled Holly Black’s The Wicked King which was really good and whose review is already up on the blog. I have three ARCs lined up for February and they are all by Latinx authors. I’m very excited to get started. I introduced a different format for reviews called the snapchat review this month, which might be replacing my mini-reviews. I’ve already done two and am kind of in love with the format.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read in January was Susan Dennard’s Bloodwitch. I’ve been waiting for this one for ages and it lived up to all my expectations. It’s my first five-star read of 2019 and I’m so happy that I made time to reread the first two books before diving into this one. I forgot so much. My review for this one goes up this upcoming week, so be on the lookout. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book this month received less than three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:


Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

2018 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: Is This Self-Control? – My final book haul of 2018 where I actually didn’t spend that much money on books.

2019 Beat the Backlist Challenge TBR – I was a little late getting this out, but here is my list of priority TBR books I’m going to get to this year.

Kernels of Nonsense: I’ve Been a Bad, Bad Book Blogger – In which I showcase all the ways in which I fail at book blogging. Despite the title, this was actually a really fun post to put together.

Kernels of Nonsense: Favorite Four-Star Reads of 2018 – I’m on fire with two Kernels of Nonsense posts this month. Here I highlight my favorite four-star reads that even though they weren’t five-stars, still deserve a lot of love.

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018 – Let’s also go ahead and highlight those 2018 five-star reads though.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019 by Latinx Authors – There are so many amazing books by Latinx authors coming out this year. Here is a peek at some of them.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. I haven’t picked up any books toward this goal yet.

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 0 books

February Releases I’m Excited For:


Month in Review

Did you have a sluggish start to your 2019? Anything new on your blog you’re featuring in 2019? Which January read was your favorite? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.


42 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January ’19

  1. I have seen The Gilded Wolves on a lot of people’s wrap ups, I think I’m going to have to check it out as soon as possible! What a great wrap up! xo

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  2. I had a really slow start to January in terms of reviewing books, but not necessarily reading them? I picked up a lot of really great audiobooks, especially. It’s great that you didn’t have any dislikes this month, even if you didn’t get as much reading done as you wanted to! I hope you have a good February!

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    1. That’s great that you picked up a good amount of audiobooks. I really want to try out more, but for some reason my library doesn’t have the biggest selection. I like when there are no negative reads for the month, makes me feel productive even if I don’t pick up a huge amount of books. Thank you. You too!


  3. I’m always amazed when a blogger can keep up with Top-Ten Tuesday. When I did them way back in 2013-2015(ish), I would take forever coming up with books and formatting the posts and saying a little something about each book. I ended up quitting because I kept talking about the same books OVER and OVER — I was making myself bored!

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    1. They can definitely be more work than you expect. I can fall into talking about the same books sometimes too. I think part of this is that I often stare at my bookshelves when trying to come up with these lists, but that’s only a fraction of the books I’ve read, so I have to make an effort to scan Goodreads.

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  4. So many gorgeous covers in one post! I definitely see that Bloodwitch would be better after rereading the first two books, I’ve pretty much forgotten what happened, but just have to get around to it! I’m glad it was so enjoyable for you 😊

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  5. I lowered my GR goal by a lot too but I haven’t been able to relax. I think I need to work on having fewer ARCs.

    I’m happy that Bloodwitch was a favorite read, I haven’t had much first 5-star read yet.

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  6. Ohhh I am excited to read your reviews for your upcoming reads by Latinx authors! Is one We Set the Dark on Fire? I’d love to know what the others are as well! I went to ALA and the author for that one was on a Latinx panel I really wanted to attend but it unfortunately conflicted with my flight 😦 Glad to hear though that there’s more Latinx books being published this year!

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    1. One of them isn’t We Set the Dark on Fire, but I did preoder that one. The three I was talking about were The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (just finished, loved), Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (just started), and The Last 8 by Laura Pohl. It definitely feels like we are talking about a lot more Latinx books this year. It’s wonderful.


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