Monthly Wrap-Up: January

I’m a little late with this, but better late than never, right? Not always, but it’ll do here. 😛

I didn’t read as many books number-wise as I planned to this month, but with one of the books I did read being over 1,000 pages, I’m still happy with what I made my way through.

I’m participating in a lot of group & buddy reads this year, and am loving it all so much!

Physical Books Read

1) Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨

I’d heard a lot of people talking about this one, so I grabbed it from the library as soon as I saw it become available. I loved the writing, but felt maybe I’d mentally built it up slightly because I was ultimately a little underwhelmed.

2) Dead of Winter by Kealan Patrick Burke

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨

I love KPB, and Dead of Winter was no exception! My only wish is that the spine had a title so you could tell what it is from the stack photos – but otherwise it’s amazing, having some really creepy little tidbits within.

3) The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion by Joss Whedon

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨

This is one of my favorite movies, so reading behind-the-scenes stuff about it was great! Definitely recommended for fans of the film.

4) IT by Stephen King

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨

IT is one of the books I’d been wanting to read for awhile, and had decided to tackle this year – and I did! Huge thanks to Luke for hosting the readalong, and for the Pennywise chats – so much fun!

5) Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨

Ania Ahlborn is one of those authors I’ve heard a lot about on bookstagram, but hadn’t read. I got this from the library one day, and ended up flying through it in the 2 hours I was volunteering. My first by her, but definitely not my last – she’s amazing!

6) The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨

The #allthingsservethebeamin2019 readalong on Instagram has officially begun, and I’m excited for my journey! The first book in the series was one I’d read before, but still enjoyed a lot.

7) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨

Another reread for a readlong! My #youreawizardreadalong is going so well, and I’m loving being able to revisit Hogwarts with so many new friends! I love the trio so much, omg. They’re such sweet, innocent babies in this one!

Kindle / eBooks Read

1) The Girl Who Hid in the Trees by Steve Stred (ARC)

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨

Huge thanks to Steve for providing an ARC of this one! I love urban legend type stories, so this was a quick & fun one for me.

2) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨

I’d been wanting to read this for a few years, but never got around to it – and by the time I did, I wasn’t really in love, sadly. Gretchen writes from a place of extreme privilege and I found it a bit offputting. I’m glad that she found some happiness for herself though!

3) The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨

This was a reread for me, and I loved it just as much the second time. While it can sometimes be a little preachy, the overall “go get ’em” attitude of the idea behind the Miracle Morning really speaks to me. That hustle! I love it.

4) Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei

Link to Goodreads | My Rating: ✨✨✨

This was very “meh”, but did have a few solid contributions throughout. I liked some of the entries, while others seemed very preach-y, and sort of… business leadership retreat-y? I don’t know how else to describe it, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it, as there are other books related to productivity & time management that I feel do a better job of sparking my inner motivational flame.

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