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…



New Blog Partner

Best books of 2017

2017 Reading Assignment Challenge Final Report

Bout of Books 21


24 Hour Readathon Wrap Up

more personally…



Life: It was so nice to have some extra time off after New Years Day and I spent a lot of it reading and playing with my doggo Zeus. January was so weird weather wise and I avoided mostly getting sick, I had one weekend I was a bit messed up from I don’t know what but it went away really quick! I also convinced my friend Jessica to join in on blogging with me! We were both kind of busy, but we’ll work on posting more!

Reading: There were two readathons this month, so I read a ton! 36 books! A lot of my books for committee reading, but since I have to evaluate them I’m counting them even though they are mostly picture book length.

I had a lot of favorites this month, I’ve starred them.

  1. Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer *****
  2. Tyrant’s Throne (Greatcoats, #4) by Sebastien de Castell *****
  3. Night of Cake & Puppets(Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5) by Laini Taylor
  4. The Shadow Queen(Ravenspire, #1) by C.J. Redwine
  5. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) by Kim Harrison
  6. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill *****
  7. Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 (Castle in the Stars, #1) by Alex Alice
  8. A Study in Charlotte(Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro *****
  9. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2) by Kim Harrison
  10. That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston *****
  11. Bloodhound (Beka Cooper, #2) by Tamora Pierce *****


  1. Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
  2. Charlie & Mouse (Charlie & Mouse, #1) by Laurel Snyder
  3. Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
  4. Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline Arnold
  5. John Deere, That’s Who! by Tracey Nelson Maurer
  6. Rhino in the House: The Story of Saving Samia by Daniel Kirk
  7. She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
  8. Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
  9. A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks by Jonathan Fenkse
  10. Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo
  11. The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau
  12. The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
  13. We Are Growing! (Elephant & Piggie like reading!, #2) by Laurie Keller
  14. Sofia Martinez the Marigold Mess by Jacqueline Jules
  15. Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwell
  16. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ann Dyckman
  17. Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus
  18. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  19. Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka
  20. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
  21. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
  22. After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again by Dan Santat
  23. Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek
  24. Bob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever by Liz Garton Scanlon
  25. Hello World: A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities by Johnathon Litton

Challenges: Check out my 2018 Challenges

Audiobook Challenge: 3 books read (/50+)

Reading Assignment Challenge: 2 books read (2 each month)

Bookish Resolutions (50 books I own): 9 books read (9/50)

Love Author Challenge: 3 books read

Full House Reading Challenge: 10 books read (10/25)

Looking Forward: We’re already past a week in February, my bookfair is over, which went better than usual, I had it for an extra day so it was sort of crazy up front but not at the end. Looking forward to seeing Cabaret with my hubby and started seeing a chiropractor so looking forward to more back pain going away with more sessions. We have our first snow day today, but I’m hoping for no more. Bad weather stay away! Our committee meeting was cancelled so we’ll see when we will meet this month or next.


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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