January in Review


Month in Review is a feature in which we wrap up what went on each month in terms of our blog, reading and other things in our life. Feel free to leave a link in the comments to your own monthly wrap up post so we can stop by.

on the blog…




2016 End of Year Survey   Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To Ten Graphic Novels on my TBR


Bout of Books 18

more personally…


Life: I’ll admit January was quite.. well not great. Yes, I read a lot. But I received a fright when my husband was hospitalized overnight for a concussion at work (luckily I was on holiday break still). Then I was literally sick for a month with a stupid nagging cold. Possibly why I read so much is that I couldn’t work out and felt slightly miserable at all times. The hubby is doing better and has been off, but he’ll be going back to work in a couple of weeks. I’ll miss hanging out with him so much.

Reading: Wow… I read 39 books this month! In part thanks to Bout of Books and #24in48 readathons! I doubt I’ll read that much in a month for the rest of the year…. although it is hard to pick a favorite. I’d say The Invisible Library was the most surprising and engaging read. Hoping to continue the series soon!

Spindle (A Thousand Nights, #2) The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1) Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time Black Widow: Red Vengeance (Black Widow, #2) Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1) Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim, #3) Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles, #3.5) The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2)

 Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2) The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) Giganto Maxia Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening (Collected Editions) Jonesy Vol. 1 Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Giant Days, Vol. 2 (Giant Days, #2)  Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) Giant Days, Vol. 3 (Giant Days #3) Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside Batgirl, Volume 2: Family Business Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)

  Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted The Squickerwonkers Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, #3) The Last Bogler How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1) Exile (Aurelia, #2) How to Be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon, #2) The Sleeper and the Spindle The Looking Glass Wars: CrossFire Caraval (Caraval, #1) The Reason for Dragons How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon, #3)


  1. Spindle (A Thousand Nights, #2) by E.K. Johnston
  2. The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)
  3. Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe
  4. The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1) by Genevieve Cogman
  5. Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time by Shannon Watters
  6. Black Widow: Red Vengeance(Black Widow, #2) by Margaret Stohl
  7. Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1) by Danielle Paige
  8. Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino
  9. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North
  10. Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim, #3) by Juliet Marillier
  11. Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles, #3.5) by Kresley Cole
  12. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North
  13. See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2) by Ally Carter
  14. Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2) by Rachel Hartman
  15. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North
  16. A Natural History of Dragons(The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan
  17. Giganto Maxia by Kenturio Miura
  18. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu
  19. Jonesy Vol. 1 by Sam Humphries
  20. Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) by John Allison
  21. Giant Days, Vol. 2 (Giant Days, #2) by John Allison
  22. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman
  23. Giant Days, Vol. 3 (Giant Days #3) by John Allison
  24. Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart
  25. Batgirl, Volume 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart
  26. Days of Blood & Starlight(Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) by Laini Taylor
  27. Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine by Jody Houser
  28. DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett
  29. The Squickerwonkers by Evangaline Lilly
  30. Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, #3) by Ally Carter
  31. The Last Bogler by Catherine Jinks
  32. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  33. Exile (Aurelia, #2) by Anne Osterlund
  34. How to Be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon, #2) by Cressida Cowell
  35. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  36. The Looking Glass Wars: CrossFire by Frank Beddor
  37. Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
  38. The Reason for Dragons by Chris Northrop
  39. How to Speak Dragonese(How to Train Your Dragon, #3) by Cressida Cowell

Challenges: Check out my 2017 Challenges

Audiobook Challenge: 6 books read (6/30)

Flights of Fantasy: 18 books read (18/75)

Full House: 13 books read (13/25)

Reading Assignment Challenge: Starts in Feb for me (2 each month)

Rock my TBR: 22 books read (Goal: 5+ per month)

Looking Forward: February is busy because of Bookfair, Valentine’s Day, etc. I’m still hoping to keep my reading up and now that I’m blogging again.. hopefully keeping that up too! This is the first week in a long time I’ve posted multiple reviews and posted every day so far! Pretty impressed with myself.


Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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