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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2022

Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you have had a great start to 2022 🙂 This month I read a total of 12 books! I made my yearly goal smaller this year, so I am definitely on track to hit my goal of 100 books for the year. I am, once again, doing a ton of different reading challenges, so I will be including those in my monthly wrap-ups as well.

Let’s get into it!


Books I Read:

Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Fully Booked Reading Challenge (A book you read in less than 48 hours); A to Z Challenge (O)

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham (4.5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: Fully Booked Reading Challenge (A debut book); Around the World Challenge (North America); Genre Reading Challenge (Horror/Thriller)

How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (4 Stars) (REVIEW) ~ digital

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book published in 2022); A to Z Challenge (H)

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book about gender identity); Fully Booked Reading Challenge (A book with an LGBTQIA+ protagonist); A to Z Challenge (F)

The Storyteller by Kathryn Williams (4 Stars) (REVIEW) ~ digital

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book about someone leading a double life)

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book about a band or musical group); On the Cover Challenge (Sunglasses); Genre Reading Challenge (Contemporary)

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with cutlery on the cover or in the title); Fully Booked Reading Challenge (A book based on a true story); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Green); A to Z Challenge (R)

The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley #1) by Patricia Highsmith (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book you know nothing about); Read Harder Challenge (Read a book recommended by a friend with different reading tastes); Around the World Challenge (Europe)

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book you can read in one sitting); Read Harder Challenge (Read a nonfiction YA comic)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A Hugo Award winner); Fully Booked Reading Challenge (A book recommended by a friend/family member); On the Cover Challenge (An animal); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Black); A to Z Challenge (J)

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A duology (1)); Fully Booked Reading Challenge (A book everyone is talking about); Around the World Challenge (Asia); On the Cover Challenge (A weapon)

Castles in Their Bones (Castles in Their Bones #1) by Laura Sebastian (4.5 Stars)(REVIEW) ~ digital

~Reading Challenges: Genre Reading Challenge (Fantasy); A to Z Challenge (C)

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

Physical Books: 4                                    PopSugar Challenge: 9/50

E-Books: 3                                                Read Harder Challenge: 2/24

Audiobooks: 5                                         Fully Booked Reading Challenge: 6/30

Non-fiction: 2                                          Around the World Challenge: 3/10

.                                                                  On the Cover Challenge: 3/16

.                                                                  Reading Rainbow Challenge: 2/10

. Genre Reading Challenge: 3/10

.                                                                  A to Z Challenge: 6/26

.                                                                  Goodreads Challenge: 12/100

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Star Ratings:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Two (They Called Us Enemy; Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: Four (A Flicker in the Dark; Felix Ever After; The Talented Mr. Ripley; Castles in Their Bones)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Six (Once More Upon a Time; How to Love Your Neighbor; The Storyteller; The Brightsiders; Relish: My Life in the Kitchen; These Violent Delights)

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: Zero

⭐️⭐️⭐️: Zero

⭐️⭐️1/2: Zero

⭐️⭐️: Zero

⭐️: Zero


Things I Posted:

New Releases I’m Excited For in 2022 ~ Book Review: The Storyteller ~ Book Review: How to Love Your Neighbor ~ Book Review: Castles in Their Bones


Getting Personal:

For some reason January has felt like it has lasted ten million years! Has anyone else felt this way? I don’t feel like I did a terrible lot this month, but here are a few highlights:

  • I was able to stick to the majority of the habits I added to my habit tracker. The one I’m most proud of is not having soda at all this month! I had gotten into a really bad habit of drinking soda almost everyday last year, which is just not healthy for me.
  • We are getting me a new car! It is going to be here in a couple of weeks. My husband envisions this being my car for the next 15 years or so, so hopefully I like it 😉
  • I made a big medical decision, and I will be having surgery at the beginning of March. It took up a lot of my brain space this month, which is why I am mentioning it here.
  • We found a church that we are interested in, finally! I am hoping that we can start getting connected there and maybe make some new friends.

My February TBR Pile:

Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox (REVIEW)

The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

Three of these books are ARCs that I received from NetGalley (one of which I have already read by the time I got around to posting this wrap-up haha). One of them is for a reading challenge prompt, and one is just because it is coming out this month and I’m excited about it!


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,

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 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.

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