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January 2018 Reading Wrap-Up + Book Haul


Why hello there February!  Ta-ta January!!!

I don’t know about you all, but I had a fantastic month.  Not only was I able to slay my January TBR and read a total of 10 books, but I was able to get back into my blogging groove.

Let’s see how I fared in January, shall we?



» After being on a hiatus from October – December 2017, I feel like I am finally back into the swing of things.  I really focused this month on writing book reviews to clear out my backlog of NetGalley reviews.   This will most likely continue through February until I am all caught up.

» Moving forward, I will only be writing full reviews for books I receive for review.  For all other books I read, I will be breaking them up into genres (historical fiction, fantasy, thriller, etc) & posting mini-reviews once I have about 5 books to review in each category.  I wish I had time to review every book I read, but it just isn’t realistic since I read much faster than I review.


What I read this month


Challenge Updates

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2017 Reading Wrap-Up + Bookish Goals for 2018


January 2018 TBR


2017 New Releases I Wish I Had Read in 2017


Book Event: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Book Tour


Book Event: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo Book Tour

Book Reviews:


Book Review: The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy #1) by Joe Hart


Book Review: North of Here by Laurel Saville


Book Review: Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend


Book Reiew: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler


Book Haul


» As Good As True by Cheryl Reid



A powerful and haunting novel of a woman’s broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home.

August 1956. After a night of rage and terror, Anna Nassad wakes to find her abusive husband dead and instinctively hides her bruises and her relief. As the daughter of Syrian immigrants living in segregated Alabama, Anna has never belonged, and now her world is about to erupt.

Days before, Anna set in motion an explosive chain of events by allowing the first black postman to deliver the mail to her house. But it’s her impulsive act of inviting him inside for a glass of water that raises doubts about Anna’s role in her husband’s death.

As threats and suspicions arise in the angry community, Anna must confront her secrets in the face of devastating turmoil and reconcile her anguished relationship with her daughter. Will she discover the strength to fight for those she loves most, even if it means losing all she’s ever known?

» Declaration: A Poetry Chapbook in Three Movements by Jeff Roush


This poetry chapbook constitutes the first collection published by Jeff Roush. Its inspiration and organizational structure come from Jefferson’s inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The chapbook focuses its linguistic eye and musical ear on quiet moments in everyday life that fall among and across these lofty concepts.

Physical Books:

» Beartown by Fredrik Backman



The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world. 


Which books did you read this month?

Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month?  If so, what did you think?

Did you buy any books?  If so, which ones?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

17 thoughts on “January 2018 Reading Wrap-Up + Book Haul”

  1. Totally agree that TGITT was even better than TBATN. I’m tardy in my review but will get it up in the next few days. I’m also going to start doing some mini reviews. It takes me soooo long to do my reviews. I keep thinking I’ll become quicker but it hasn’t happened yet.


  2. I loved Simon Vs and was lucky enough to see an early screening of the movie which I think you’re going to adore! I’m glad you liked it 😀 Also I feel you on the reading more then your reviewing I was in the same boat last year. The post I did do with mini reviews ended up getting more views then a plain review anyway so it’s probably the best way to go!
    You’re smashing the reading game already, hope you have a great feb ❤


  3. So far I’ve only read Binti, but I’ve heard each book in the trilogy is longer than the one before. I liked Binti okay but LOVED Who Fears Death and The Book of Phoenix. Those will definitely give you your Okorafor fix if you felt like Binti was too short. And I agree, often fans of Okorafor’s work will like Jemisin. I loved the Broken Earth trilogy!


  4. Sounds like you had a great month! Mini reviews are so good for keeping up with all those reviews… I like your idea of sorting them per genre. I’m dying to start the Winternight series, but after I found out it’s an ungoing series I’m waiting until the last book is published. 😉 Happy reading! xx


  5. Here’s the thing: I don’t really feel like reading Simon. I’m not big on YA at all. But I really want to read Leah On the Off Beat, which comes out soon and is about a fat protagonist who plays drums! I know the Simon movie is going to be a thing soon…maybe I’ll just watch the movie. I’ve also started listening to audio books on my long commute, so maybe I’ll get Simon that way.

    I’m so glad to see you’re going to read a book of poems. I’ve been reading a lot myself, mainly this huge compendium by Paul Laurence Dunbar, my favorite poet. I’ve also, uh, been writing a poem here and there. My most recent poem was about Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. I had my husband read it, and afterward I said, “You can’t call it the p-word. It’s not that because I’m not a poet. You can call it The Thing You Read.”

    *blushes furiously and runs away*


  6. Wow, it seems like you had a pretty full reading month, Amanda, that’s so great! I’m happy you enjoyed Simon, it was such an adorable read – I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation, hope it will be great 🙂
    Have a lovely February!! xx


  7. I love your new philosophy to only write full reviews for the books you promised a review for. That’s super cool! I also read books faster than I can review them. This might be a philosophy I pick up myself, if you don’t mind. 😀

    It looks like January was overall a strong reading month for you. That’s super exciting! I’m glad you were able to start 2018 with so many 4-5 star novels! I just started reading The Bear and the Nightengale last night. So far, it’s not really capturing me, but I’m only 4% into it. I am going in mostly blind, too, that usually puts a lot on the author to capture me. I’m excited hearing your thoughts on The Girl in the Tower! Plus, the final book in the series is coming out this year thank goodness. Yay binge reading series! 😀


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