January 2016 Monthly Round-Up

Without really intended it to be, January ended up being all about sticking to my 2016 reading and blogging goals (yay – I love it when that happens!). On the reading front, I worked in a couple free range titles, a nonfiction, and a backlist book. On the blogging front, I shared my 10 Recommendations for Lively Coed Book Club Discussions list and participated in my very first readathon (#24in48). However, I’m sure this whole “sticking to my 2016 goals thing” will go the way of those “I’m going to start going to the gym” New Year’s resolutioners….i.e. they’re gone from the gym by mid-February.

January Reading

Books Read in January 2016
Well, I have to say that January has kicked off my 2016 reading year quite nicely! At least, much better than the slumpy January I had last year. My Name is Lucy Barton was my first 5 star read of the year and Only Love Can Break Your Heart came very close to earning 5 stars as well. The Swans of Fifth Avenue was the perfect palate cleanser for My Name is Lucy Barton and Youngblood was an incredibly thoughtful debut Iraq war novel that I’ll be reviewing in February. And those were just the highlights.

Best Book of the Month

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (January 12, 2016)
Fiction, 208 Pages

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Other February Releases I’m Excited About

February 2016 Releases I'm Anticipating

 by Travis Mulhauser (February 2)

Tender by Belinda McKeon (February 16)
Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma (February 16)

Version Control by Dexter Palmer (February 23)

Top Backlist Books on my “To Be Read” List

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

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  1. Good for you on working toward your goals and starting the year strong! I’m one of the gym fizzle outers when it comes to goals, but I’m hoping I can at least make through half the year, if not all of the year, on my goals. What were my goals again? I’m truly going to have to reference them throughout the year to even remember them!

    Posted 1.31.16 Reply
  2. Rory wrote:

    I’m hoping to post something about Tarkington’s book next week, I really enjoyed it too (well, the 75% I’ve read and should finish today).

    And thanks for the mention!

    Posted 1.31.16 Reply
  3. Andi wrote:

    Salvage the Bones is definitely on my backlist reading priority list. It keeps making eyes at me from the shelves even though I’m terrified of it. Awesome January for you!

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  4. MarB wrote:

    Looking forward to your Why We Came to the City review. Sounds relatable!

    Posted 1.31.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Hoping I’ll get to it! But, yes, that’s what attracted me to it!

      Posted 2.1.16 Reply
  5. Version Control sounds amazing, and although I’m unlikely to get to it right away, I look forward to your thoughts 🙂

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    • admin wrote:

      I probably won’t get to it right away either…don’t have an ARC. But, the premise sounds intriguing!

      Posted 2.1.16 Reply
  6. Looks like you started out January strong. I am still considering my goals for this year (LOL)!

    Posted 1.31.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Good luck with your goals!

      Posted 2.1.16 Reply
  7. Carmen wrote:

    It’s good that you are adhering to your reading goals. I don’t think I have any, but I created my reading list for this year long before last year was over, so I don’t know if that counts. I have to get to some of this year’s releases, some of last year’s releases that I requested from NetGalley, and some from my TBR list, which have been waiting for years. Hope I can I read them all, though I doubt it. I wish I could read as fast as you do! 🙂

    Posted 1.31.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Well…I don’t think adhering is exactly the right word! More like this month happened to fit my goals. I wish it was more intentional. And I don’t read that fast – just during every free moment possible!

      Good for you for such an advance reading list!

      Posted 2.1.16 Reply
  8. Athira wrote:

    You’ve certainly had a much better January than I did! At first glance, both Version Control and Why We Came to the City are calling my name. I should probably go look for them. I hope you have a fabulous February!

    Posted 1.31.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I hope they pan out 🙂 Happy February to you!

      Posted 2.1.16 Reply
  9. Heather wrote:

    Great start to the year! You can stick to your goals – I have faith in you!
    I think the key is that if you get the itch to stray from them a little, just let yourself go and don’t feel bad about it, or you can compromise. I wasn’t meant to be buying any books this year, aside from a couple I’d made allowances for. But I ended up straying from that little list and so I compromised and moved one of my allowances off my “allowed to buy list” and onto my gift wishlist. This could also be viewed as punishment for my inability to control myself, but I really do prefer to consider it a compromise!

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  10. susan wrote:

    Hooray about Strout’s latest book. I’ve just started it now and am loving it already.

    Posted 2.1.16 Reply
  11. Naomi wrote:

    I have heard nothing but good things about Tender!

    Posted 2.2.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I’m waiting for someone that has an ARC to report, but the pre-hype is good for sure!!

      Posted 2.4.16 Reply

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