Hello friends! I hope we’ve all had an excellent start to the new year! For myself, I wish I’d gotten a little more read, but I did better than last year so that’s something. And with my review of The Vanished Birds yesterday, I managed to get through all of the many ARCs I had committed to for January so I’m happy I’ve kept on track with those at least.
Novels/Novellas Read: 7
Short Stories: 3
Pages Read: 2,900
Average Rating: 3.8
Female Authors: 6
Most of what I read this month was at least a 4 star read, but looking back, these two stood out as my favorites:
The God Game by Danny Tobey
Followers by Megan Angelo
Other Reads Completed:
Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga #2) by Kameron Hurley
The Broken Heavens (Worldbreaker Saga #3) by Kameron Hurley
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
Wonderland by Zoje Stage (RTC!)
Zenith Man by Jennifer Haigh
The Lion’s Den by Anthony Marra
A Good Marriage by Stephen King
The Girlfriend’s Guide to Gods by Maria Dahvana Headley (available free here!)
This is not including the ARC of Wonderland (pictured above), which I snuck in in January because I didn’t want to wait.
The Chill by Scott Carson – Has been getting some mixed reviews, but the blurb feels like it’s speaking so directly to me I couldn’t turn it down.
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown – A con artist who learned the trade from her mother, works a young heiress in the scam of a lifetime “where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge.” Yes. Please.
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon – Last year I strayed away from historical fiction, but it’s one of my favorite genres, and I want to get back to it this year. It’s the story of a “socialite spy…who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII.”
Machina by Fran Wilde (and others) – Sent to me by Serial Box! I loved Ninth Step Station, and was really honored when Serial Box reached out to me about Machina. I’ve already started listening to the first episode and it’s as great as I expected.
I did not receive any eGalleys in my effort to cut back on the number of ARCs I’m committing to. (Which is not going well.)
PopSugar Prompts Completed: 5/50
A book published in 2020: A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
A book that passes the Bechdel Test: Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker #2) by Kameron Hurley
A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it: Wonderland by Zoje Stage
A book about or involving social media: Followers by Megan Angelo
A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character: The God Game by Danny Tobey
Other Posts from January:
Reading Challenge: 20 in ’20
Discussion: Books on a Budget
How was your January? Anything special you’re looking forward to in February?