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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2021

Hello everyone! It’s the beginning of a new year, and so I have new goals! This month, I have read 15 books!! That is crazy, even for me, but it is the pace I actually intend to keep up. I have set myself with a goal of reading 150 books this year. I have met and exceeded my goal of 100 for a few years now, so I thought aiming for 150 would be an actual challenge for me.

While I am aiming for 150, I am also aiming to diversify my reading. I am trying to break into genres I don’t typically gravitate toward. I am hoping to read more non-fiction and classics. And, as always, I am taking part in several reading challenges.

Let’s get into it!


Books I Read:

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (An audiobook)

You Have a Match by Emma Lord (5 Stars) (REVIEW) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book that’s published in 2021); Read Harder Challenge (Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die); A to Z Challenge (Y)

Stuck With You by Alexandra Moody (3 Stars) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Goodreads or Amazon); Little Inklings Challenge (A book written in dual perspective); A to Z Challenge (S)

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: On the Cover Challenge (Something that can fly)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list); Read Harder Challenge (Read a non-fiction book about anti-racism); Little Inklings Challenge (A book that taught you something new); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Black); A to Z Challenge ( W )

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book about forgetting)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book everyone seems to have read but you); The Unread Shelf Challenge (January – A book with high expectations); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with 500+ pages); A to Z Challenge (I)

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5 Stars) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A genre hybrid); Little Inklings Challenge (A book rated over 4 stars on Goodreads); A to Z Challenge (F)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: none

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: On the Cover Challenge (Buildings or Cityscape)

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (5 Stars) (REVIEW) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book featuring three generations – grandparent, parent, child); Little Inklings Challenge (A book that makes you cry)

Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes (3.5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book set in multiple countries); A to Z Challenge (C)

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give #0) by Angie Thomas (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book about a social justice issue); Little Inklings Challenge (An “own voices” book); On the Cover Challenge (A flower or plant); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Red)

The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2) by Agatha Christie (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: none

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t); Read Harder Challenge (Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness) Little Inklings Challenge (A book that makes you smile); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Blue)

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Format: ……………………………………………..Reading Challenges:

Physical Books: 5                                    PopSugar Challenge: 10/50

E-Books: 4                                                Read Harder Challenge: 3/24

Audiobooks: 6                                         The Unread Shelf Challenge: 1/12

Non-fiction: 2                                          Little Inklings Challenge: 8/26

.                                                                  On the Cover: 3/10

.                                                                  Reading Rainbow: 3/10

.                                                                  A to Z Challenge: 6/26

.                                                                  Goodreads Challenge: 15/150        

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Star Ratings

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ : Five (You Have a Match, Illuminae, From Blood and Ash, The Four Winds, A Taxonomy of Love)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 : Three (The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ : Five (The Sea of Monsters, White Fragility, The Girl From Widow Hills, Concrete Rose, The Murder on the Links)

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 : One (Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre)

⭐️⭐️⭐️ : One (Stuck With You)

⭐️⭐️1/2 : Zero

⭐️⭐️ : Zero

⭐️1/2 : Zero

⭐️ : Zero

                                           


Things I Posted:

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for 2021 ~ Book Review: You Have a Match ~ Mini-Reviews // First Half of January 2021 ~ Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2020 But Didn’t Get To ~ Book Review: The Four Winds

I’m getting back into the swing of blogging again after a bit of a rocky second half of 2020. I’m hoping I can keep up this pace, and maybe even a little more than I’m doing now.


Getting Personal:

Happy 2021 everyone! This was a pretty good month overall. I am going full swing in my job as a library page. I’m really enjoying it, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities this position might elevate me to in the future.

As far as other things going on, my daughter has had her surgery follow up (she had ear tubes put in back in December) and things are looking really good! Her hearing is registering closer to normal range, which is fantastic!

We honestly didn’t do just a terrible lot this month. The only other big thing is that I got new bookshelves for my office! They are the IKEA Billy bookshelves, which I saw a ton of people on Instagram using. They were having a big sale, and voila! I’m a bit obsessed with them 😍


My February TBR Pile:

Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


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! 

Interested in my yearly wrap-up for 2020? Check it out here!


Love and happy reading,

Whitney

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 am currently working as a library page at a branch of my local public library. I live in Texas with my husband, daughter, and my dogs, who are a total mess and generally are my reading buddies. I also love to sing, hike, play The Sims, watch tons of YouTube videos, and drink creamy tea and coffee.

8 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2021

  1. Okay, first of all, that’s an AMAZING reading goal and YOU CAN DO IT! Second, omg… sooo many great books on here. I can’t wait to read Blood & Ash and Four Winds!! So excited that you loved those. Third- your bookshelves are amazing. I can’t wait to get those but we need to move first. haha. It looks so good!

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