My Bookish Month of January 2021

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

Well! Wasn’t January the month that kept on giving?! Last year I couldn’t believe how fast the months were going, but the first month of 2021 seemed to go on forever. It was a rather busy month though, with the last couple of weekends spent revising and translating a website, which was challenging but fun to do. I steered clear of review copies because of this, I didn’t want my brain to melt down, but I did manage to read quite a lot and I’m happy with the numbers, especially considering the fact that I managed to pick up quite a few books that had been withering away on my physical but mostly digital TBR.

I’m also really happy with the way my challenges are going: I’ve continued the series I wanted to continue (Shardlake, Dark Iceland, Arc of a Scythe), I read a Stephen King, an Agatha Christie, a modern classic and a children’s classic, and I had so much fun doing all that! I read a Spanish book, that unfortunately didn’t really work for me, and a FairyLoot one that worked so well I bought the sequel right after, and after finishing that, I pre-ordered the last book in the trilogy. Whoops 😏 I read a non-fiction book, but since it wasn’t on my TBR, I don’t feel it fully counts towards my challenge, but whatever, I enjoyed it tremendously and in the end, that’s really all that matters.

So, yeah, a long month but a good one.

In figures January looks like this:

Novels: 5956 pages across 18 novels, a novella & a graphic novel
Audiobooks: 63 hours across 7 audiobooks

And here’s what I did in January, and some of what I’ll be posting in February:

What I read:

Satan’s Sorority, Graham Wynd
Hotel Cartagena, Simone Buchholz
My Cousin Rachel, Daphne du Maurier
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, Emilie Autumn
Hyde, Craig Russell (review to follow)
The Camelot Betrayal, Kiersten White
Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie
Viper, Bex Hogan
Say Goodbye When I’m Gone,  Stephen J. Golds
The Shining, Stephen King
República luminosa, Andrés Barba
Venom, Bex Hogan
Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, James Hibberd
Nightblind, Ragnar Jónasson
The Cuckoo Wood, M. Sean Coleman
The Search Party, Simon Lelic
Pine, Francine Toon
Whispers in the Dark, Chris McDonald
The Flintstones, Vol. 2
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab

What I listened to:

Dissolution, CJ Sansom
Highfire, Eoin Colfer
Five Years From Now, Paige Toon
Whatever it Takes, Paul Cleave
Dark Fire, CJ Sansom
Thunderhead, Neal Shusterman
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

What I read earlier but reviewed in January:

Bound, Vanda Symon
The Captive, Deborah O’Connor
There’s Only One Danny Garvey, David F. Ross
The Burning Girls, C.J. Tudor
In Darkness, Shadows Breathe, Catherine Cavendish

I also shared my Best of 2020 and my 2021 Bookish Challenges & Goals.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in January:

A NetGalley eARC:

Two 99p bargains and a non-fiction book I couldn’t resist:

An Audible freebie:

A purchase, an Orion (W&N) proof copy and an Orbit proof copy:

There’s a number of new releases I’m dying to add to the TBR, and one that’s on its way, but I am trying to show a little self-restraint with my book purchases, and so far so good (we’ll see how long it lasts 😉).

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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