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.

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Life: January ended with a crazy bunch of cold days and some days to snuggle up and read. Coming back from Winter Break was hard as well! I wish we had a two week Spring Break. I know we’re halfway through the school year already which is just so crazy!

Reading: I’m going to split up my list, since I read a ton for my committee… so… I read a total of 46 books! Way to start off the year right! 🙂

I read 27 books for my committee this month! I’m almost done – we have our meeting a week from Saturday.

  1. Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
  2. I Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët
  3. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  4. If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
  5. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  6. Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
  7. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez
  8. The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara
  9. Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival
  10. Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman
  11. The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford
  12. La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya
  13. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
  14. The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doeerfield
  15. Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins
  16. This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt LaMothe
  17. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
  18. Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
  19. Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
  20. Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting
  21. The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey
  22. Alfie: by Thyra Heder
  23. A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade
  24. Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart
  25. Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians! by Jason Carter Eaton
  26. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
  27. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

I read 19 books beyond my committee books.. wow. Still I amaze myself. Some great ones this month as well and some chunksters!

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) by Mackenzi Lee
  2. Every Heart a Doorway(Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire
  3. Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicolas Eames
  4. Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks
  5. Ghost Queen by Britt Wilson
  6. A Curse So Dark and Lonely  by Brigid Kemmerer
  7. Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Lilah Sturges
  8. Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules (Delilah Dirk, #3) by Tony Cliff
  9. White Witch, Black Curse(The Hollows, #7) by Kim Harrison
  10. Persephone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
  11. Skin Deep (Legion, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
  12. Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown
  13. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing
  14. Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1) by Kelley Armstrong
  15. The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie
  16. The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
  17. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  18. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  19. King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Challenges: Check out my 2019 Challenges

Audiobook Challenge: 5 books read (5/50+)

Reading Assignment Challenge Author Love: 1 book read (1 each month)

Reading Assignment Challenge Professor Genre: 3 books read (3 each month)

Reading Assignment Challenge Professor Mix it Up:  5 books read (3 each month)

Bookish Resolutions (50 books I own): 3 books read (3/50)

Bookish Resolutions (10 ebooks): 0 books read (0/10)

Connect Five Books Challenge: 0 connection ( books read)

Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge:   books read (7 /61+)

Looking Forward: February I’ll hopefully be reading a lot due to Booktube Games and Bookbattle. I have my committee meeting so I’ll be done with short books for a while. We have tickets to see The Producers on Valentine’s Day, which is really exciting! It’s Bookfair this week, so I’ll be dead on my feet, but we have a 4 day weekend in the middle of the month, so that will be helpful to give me a break.

Life: So January was the month when work finally started to slow down a bit, things are still a bit crazy with inventory coming up but for the most part it’s okay and I feel a lot more relaxed and in control of everything. I had my card information stolen which was very inconvenient but the money was put back in my account and I got my new card and everything, just annoying. I am finally wearing contacts again and funny story they are the same ones I wore for six years before being told they were discontinued – little hint they were not. All in all life was pretty good this month and I am hoping that 2019 turns out to be a much better year than 2018.


Reading: I managed to read 26 books this month which is great considering I played so much Assassin Creed, it isn’t even funny.

  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller 
  3. Black Butler Vol 5 by Yana Toboso
  4. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames 
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. Soulless by Gail Carriger 
  7. The Wicked King by Holly Black 
  8. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno 
  9. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce 
  10. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by  Brigid Kemmerer
  11. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean 
  12. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  13. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
  14. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson 
  15. Everyday Witchcraft:Making Time by Deborah Blake 
  16. Fence Vol 1 by C.S. Pacat 
  17. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson 
  18. Morning Star by Pierce Brown 
  19. Bloom by Kevin Panetta
  20. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire  
  21. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 
  22. Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
  23. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson 
  24. That Blue Sky Feeling Vol 1 by Okura 
  25. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 
  26. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson 

Looking Forward: I managed to get some vacation time in February and I honestly cannot wait, Seth also managed to get the same time off and we are going to be going down to my dads for a few days and just spending time hanging out with family. I plan however to read a lot when I am down there because February is the Booktube Games =. Kristen and I are both on Team Hogwarts and really want to win. I am also just really looking forward to getting inventory over at work because then it will be low stress until the next holiday season rolls around.


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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