Monthly Wrap-Up: January ’20

I had a really great January in terms of reading and blogging. I read nine books (yes, three of these were graphic novels but let me LIVE). I got to a few books that I have been meaning to read for so long. I always feel like January is kind of a catch up month where there aren’t a ton of releases I’m clambering to get to, which gives me an opportunity to read some books I’ve missed in the past. I also brought back my Talk Chisme to Me series, which I am working on and hoping to have run all year long. I signed up for two different year-long reading challenges whose sign up posts I link to below. I usually avoid these, but I wanted to have a bit more fun with what I pick up this year and maybe celebrate some accomplishments when the year comes to an end. I have a couple of upcoming buddy reads lined up that I am really excited about. Bless buddy reads, they help me knock off some reads on my TBR that I need that extra push to get to.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I actually had a five-star read (Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda’s Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven), but since I have already mentioned this series before I wanted to give another book a chance to shine. Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This Is How You Lose the Time War was so good. I’m still trying to recover from its love story and need to get myself my own copy so I can reread it. My review will probably go up in February. Cover is linked to Goodreads

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than 3 stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Other Books I Read, Review (Maybe) Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

2019 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: Closing Out the Year – Take a look at the books I acquired in the last part of 2019!

2019 Reading Stats: Who and What Did I Read This Year – This was such a fun post to put together. It will definitely not be the last time I use pie charts on my blog.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Four-Star Reads of 2019 – Sometimes four-star reads do not get the kind of recognition they deserve, but I scream about them (and kind of rant) here.

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, 2020: Sign-Up and TBR – This is my first time joining this challenge and it is absolutely perfect as most of my TBR for this one is comprised of books on my shelf I have yet to get to. Will let you know how I am progressing next month.

Con Sabor Reading Challenge 2020: Sign-Up, Goals, and TBR – Yes, I am so excited to join this challenge which encourages readers to pick up all the books by Latinx authors. Will have an update on my progress come February.

Talk Chisme to Me: Upcoming Releases You May Not Have Heard Of – My first post in this series in 2020 highlights some upcoming books by Latinx authors I thought deserved a bit hype.

February Releases I’m Excited For:

How many books did you get through in January? Which challenges have you joined so far this year? Which February release are you most looking forward to? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit!

24 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January ’20

    1. I, in fact, did not write a review of that one. It was my light read after a heavy read. Anyways, I enjoyed it. There was a couple of things I thought could have been done better. I haven’t read many romance books so I have very little to compare it to, but overall, it was the perfect read after the war-focused book I read.

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  1. I keep meaning to read This is How You Lose the Time War so maybe this is the month I would finally get around to it! Thanks for the mention of Night Spinner, I hadn’t heard of it before but it definitely sounds right up my alley.

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  2. I managed to read 13 books in January (the end of my winter break and some yucky weather helped me on that front). My favorites were probably The Only Plane in the Sky and Long Bright River. I have only joined the Goodreads Challenge this year because I am trying to prioritize some writing and health goals that I have as well. My most anticipated February read is Hand on the Wall (I’ve loved the Truly Devious series), and hope to start it sometime this weekend!

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  3. I read Tweet Cute and Woven in Moonlight (I will be picking up the sequel to this one) and enjoyed both books. Your January in books was excellent and I like the challenges you’re doing. This year I am only doing the Goodreads challenge and reading more nonfiction than ever before.

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