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Rearview Mirror // January 2022

Well, here we are, the middle of March, and I’m ready to wrap up January!! Sounds about right!

Favorite January Read

January honestly wasn’t a super strong reading month – I had a lot of “whatever” kind of reads.  I guess Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts, which was a fun romance with a dash of thriller thrown in.

Most Disappointing January Read

Probably The Magic of Ordinary Days.  I couldn’t stand the protagonist pretty much from page one and she did NOT grow on me.

Other January Reads

January Stats

  • Total Number of Books Read:  17
  • Total Pages Read:  5704
  • Average Star Rating for January:  3.71
  • Longest Book: The Eight (598 pages)
  • Shortest Book:  The Old Man and the Sea (127 pages)
  • Oldest Book:  Wuthering Heights (published 1847)
  • Newest Book: The Trouble With Hating You (published 2020)
  • Top Genre:  Fantasy (5 books)

January Challenge Updates

  • New states visited: Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, Washington DC, Wyoming (16% complete)
  • Chunksters read (800+pgs): 0
  • Almost-a-chunksters read (450-799pgs): 3
  • Classics read: 2
  • Nonfiction read: 2

TBR Update

This is current as of today, not the end of January.

  • Standalones:  495 (down two!)
  • Nonfiction:  130 (up one)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  631 (down three!)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  250 (holding steady)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 111 (up one)
  • New Arrivals – (I have a lot of books that I have been gifted or that I pick up somewhere and they get put on my “oh I’m so excited about this shiny new book” shelf… and then of course don’t actually get read.): 148 (down TEN!)

Current Reads

  • I am plowing my way through The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.  Overall, I’m enjoying it, although I’m not sure I love it enough to make it one I reread.  We’ll see how it ends!
  • Ivanhoe is still meandering on – I started it at the beginning of February and have been reading a chapter a day.  I should finish it around the end of the month or maybe early April.  I’m glad to read it – I’ve always meant to ever since I read The Velvet Room as a child – but it’s definitely not my new favorite classic.
  • Into the Forest by Rebecca Frankel is my current nonfiction read, an account of a Jewish family in Poland during World War II.
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – This is the PemberLitten’s February/March read, and is one of those classics that I’ve never read!  I’m actually really enjoying it, even if Margaret is a bit of a snob so far.
  • The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow – The PemberLittens are also reading this P&P variation focused on Mary Bennet.  The chapters are super short, so we’re reading two a day and I like it so far.  Hadlow is doing a pretty good job of keeping things interesting despite the fact that she’s just telling the same exact story as the original but focusing on a different character!

Last Time on “Up Next”

Did I actually read my probable next five reads from last month?

  • The Viscount Who Loved Me – Yes!  I enjoyed this Bridgerton novel as well, and I’m still planning to finish the series at some point.
  • A Deal With the Elf King – Yes!  This one was a traveling book club book so I kind of had to read it haha  I really enjoyed this fantasy story a lot – the sequel is on my short-term TBR!
  • Rose Daughter – Yes!  This was an okay Beauty & the Beast retelling, but the ending is kind of weird to me.  A pleasant read but not a favorite.
  • Family for Beginners – Yes!  I really loved this book by Sarah Morgan – she is becoming one of my favorite authors!
  • The White Cottage Mystery – Yes!  It was fun to check this classic off.  It was pretty obvious that it was originally published as a serial as it had a very episodic feel (and every chapter ended on a cliffhanger!) but it was good fun overall.

Up Next…

The probable next five(ish) reads –

I’ve been putting all my “very soon” TBR books on my windowsill where I can see them – all the books I’m reading for challenges and such – and then I use a random draw to decide which of those is next!!  So here’s a guess as to which ones are going to come up soon…

  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan – It’s time for a new round of traveling book club.  I’m only participating in one group this time around and we are reading fantasy.  This one is my pick as it’s been on my TBR forever!!
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi – I got this one on the cheap from Book Outlet a while back, and when a Litsy group decided to buddy read it this month, I thought I would join, too, and get it off my TBR!!
  • The Secret Road by Bruce Lancaster – I’ve owned this historical fiction forever, and it’s finally come up on my TBR draw!!  Now I just have to actually finally read it!
  • The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers – I’m also trying to get some of my unread Kindle books taken care of – I’ve owned this one since 2016!
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – Hannah is one of those authors it feels like everyone has read but me.  I’m not sure if her novels are really going to be “my” thing, but someone gifted this one to me quite a while back, so I am going to give it a try!!

That’s a wrap for January – happy March!!!  :-D

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