- The Quiet American by Graham Greene ★★★★☆ | review
- Cherry by Nico Walker ★★★★☆ | review
- Heavy by Kiese Laymon ★★★★☆ | review
- The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells ★★★★☆ | review
- The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict ★★☆☆☆ | review
- My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite ★★★★☆ | mini review
- Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh ★★☆☆☆ | review
- The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway ★★★★☆ | review
- Paradise by Edna O’Brien ★★★★☆ | review
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★☆☆ | review
- This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps ★★★☆☆ | review
- Daughters of Passion by Julia O’Faolain ★★★☆☆ | review
- The Hiding Place by CJ Tudor ★★☆☆☆ | review
- Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev ★★★★☆ | review
- Census by Jesse Ball ★★☆☆☆ | mini review
Favorite: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells
Honorable Mentions: Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev, Paradise by Edna O’Brien
Least favorite: The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict
JANUARY TOTAL: 15
YEARLY TOTAL: 15
I’m pretty sure 15 is a personal record for most books read in a single month (and, technically I read 16 since I also read a friend’s MS). I mean, obviously there were a couple of short stories thrown in there, and also January is like eighteen billion years long, so it’s probably not as impressive of a number as it seems, but still. Also, I do still have to finish Census but I’m pretty sure I’ll manage that by the end of the day, so it’s going on the list.
Currently reading: The Power by Naomi Alderman, Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (which I started yesterday at Hannah’s encouragement after making this post).
Also, I never do monthly TBRs but I’m going to make an exception right now because there is a lot going on this month and I need to keep track of it all somewhere.
1. The Cassandra by Sharma Shields (2/12)
2. The Heavens by Sandra Newman (2/22)
3. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (3/5)
4. When All Is Said by Anne Griffith (3/5)
5. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (3/5)
6. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (with Chelsea)
2019 reading goals:
7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (from my backlist TBR)
8. Glass, Irony, and God by Anne Carson (from my goal to read 2 books of poetry/short stories/plays/nonfiction each month)
9. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
10. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
11. Becoming by Michelle Obama, audiobook: I actually don’t think I’m going to listen to this after all. I just can’t do a 19 hour audiobook. My usual limit is around 8 hours and I thought I could make an exception for Michelle Obama, but now that the audiobook is in my possession it is stressing me out too much, so I think I shall just have to read the physical copy, which luckily I have access to. I may try to read this in February but I guess it isn’t a necessity.
I may not get to all of these – namely, I could save 2 of those ARCs for the first week of March – and I may add a couple of others, but you get the general idea. Wish me luck.
What was the best book you read in January? Comment and let me know!