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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly wrap-up! This month I have read a grand total of 13 books! I was not expecting to finish so many. I think it is largely because it is so cold outside and I don’t want to go do anything 😂

I’m going to try to do things slightly differently this year. I am going to keep y’all updated on how my various book challenges are going in each of my monthly wrap-ups. 

Let’s get into it!


Books I Read:

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The Spies That Bind by Ally Carter (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a pun in the title); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Yellow cover); Little Inklings Challenge (A novella)

Unbound: Finding Freedom From Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood by Jamie Sumner (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with more than 20 letters in its title); Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (A book by a local author); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with a title longer than four words); A to Z Challenge (U)

Circe by Madeline Miller (5 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with at least a four star rating on Goodreads); Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (A book recommended by a source you trust (recommended by my friend, Taylor)); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Gold cover); Little Inklings Challenge (A book inspired by mythology or folklore); A to Z Challenge (C)

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (REVIEW) (5 Stars) ~ e-book

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book about/involving social media); When Are You Reading? Challenge (2000-Present); On the Cover Challenge (2 or More People); Little Inklings Challenge (A book that makes you hungry); A to Z Challenge (T)

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A bildungsroman); When Are You Reading? Challenge (1960-1979); Read Harder Challenge (Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII); Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (A debut novel); On the Cover Challenge (Water); Little Inklings Challenge (A book nominated for an award in 2019); A to Z Challenge (W)

Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon (3.5 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character); Read Harder Challenge (Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with a non-human character); A to Z Challenge (I)

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young (4 Stars) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book you meant to read in 2019); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Blue cover); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with designs under the dust jacket)

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san Vol. 1 by Shingo Honda (4 Stars) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book set in Japan, host of 2020 Olympics); Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (A book outside your (genre) comfort zone); Little Inklings Challenge (A book that makes you laugh out loud); A to Z Challenge (S)

The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo (3 Stars) ~ e-book

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a main character in their 20s); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with a number in the title)

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (5 Stars) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book that passes the Bechdel test); When Are You Reading? Challenge (1800-1899); Little Inklings Challenge (A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you)

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare (4 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book by an author who has written more than 20 books); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with multiple POV’s); A to Z Challenge (G)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (5 Stars) ~ print

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a map); Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (Three books by the same author (I’m counting it even though I haven’t read the next two yet, but I plan to!!)); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Red cover); Little Inklings Challenge (A book that’s been on your TBR for more than a year)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (3.5 Stars) ~ audio

~ Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins); Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (A classic you didn’t read in school); Little Inklings Challenge (A book set in a different country than you)

 

Format:                                                                  Reading Challenges:

Physical Books: 5                                                PopSugar Challenge: 13/50

E-Books: 2                                                           Read Harder Challenge: 2/24

Audiobooks: 6                                                     When Are You Reading?: 3/12

Non-Fiction: 1                                                     Modern Mrs. Darcy: 6/10

.                                                                             On the Cover: 2/10

.                                                                             Reading Rainbow: 4/12

.                                                                             Little Inklings Challenge: 13/40

.                                                                             A to Z Challenge: 7/26

.                                                                             Goodreads Challenge: 13/65

 


Things I Posted:

Book Review: Husband Material ~ My 2020 Reading Goals ~ Yearly Wrap-Up: 2019Most Anticipated 2020 Book Releases ~ Sunshine Blogger Award #7 ~ Book Review: Tweet Cute

I’m excited to get back on the blogging train this year! My blogging really fell off last year with the adoption, but I am really going to try to be more consistent this year. I need to have an outlet for my mental health, and that is always what this blog was intended to be. 🙂


Getting Personal:

This month has been super busy, and it has also felt like it has lasted forever! Does anyone else feel this way?

I got to see Hamilton this month, thanks to my wonderful husband! He got me a ticket to see it for my birthday, and it was amazing!!

I also got to hang out with a lot of friends this month, which has been wonderful. I threw a baby shower for one of my best friends. I had book club, and I joined a group called MOPS (which stands for Moms of Preschoolers) so I could make some more friends with ladies that have kids the same age as my daughter.

My daughter has had lots of therapies, and we are now waiting to see if she will qualify for a preschool program for kiddos who need some extra help. If she does, she will start going to that next month.

It was also Chinese New Year this month, and we got to do some fun celebrating with our little lady 🙂 🐭 Happy Year of the Rat!

 


My February TBR Pile:

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

Havenfall by Sara Holland

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

 


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? Are you participating in any reading challenges? What about the books on my TBR for February? Let me know down in the comments! 

 

Love and happy reading,

Author:

Hello!! My name is Whitney, and I love books! I spend a huge amount of time reading (way more time than I should, if we are being perfectly honest!) I live in Tennessee with my husband, daughter, and my dog, who are a total mess and generally are my reading buddies. I will probably share them with you, too. I also love to sing, hike, play The Sims, watch tons of YouTube videos, and drink creamy tea and coffee.

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