The first month of 2021 is done, and it flew by. I read a lot of books this month, and celebrated my birthday!
This year I want to focus on my goals for the year. So here we go:
- I wanted to grow my blog, and I got to 265 followers this month.
- I made the decision to focus on drinking more water. While I didn’t hit my water goal every day, I did drink more water throughout the month.
- I wanted to try and schedule my blog posts in advance, but I didn’t do that in January.
- I read a LOT of ARCs, and got my NetGalley ratio up to 80%. Of course, it only stayed at 80% for a couple of days before I got approved for another ARC and it dropped under, but I’ve slowed down on requesting and plan to focus on working through my ARCs.
- I made some progress on diversifying my reading. Only one-third of my books read were YA, and one-third was fantasy. 11 of my books had an LGBTQ+ character (room for improvement), more than half had a BIPOC character, and 25% were written by BIPOC authors (room for improvement).
Here’s my breakdown of monthly/cumulative totals for January:
- Books read: 30!!
- Books DNF’d: 1
- Pages read: 7358
- Hours listened: 97:33:55
- Average pages: 367.9
- Average hours listened: 9:45:24
Genres Read in January:
- Fantasy: 10
- General Fiction: 3
- Historical Fiction: 5
- Mystery/Suspense: 5
- Romance/Erotica: 4
- Science Fiction: 1
- Travel/Food: 2
Backlist vs. New Releases
- Backlist books: 19
- 2021 releases: 11
Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction
- Fiction: 28
- Nonfiction: 2
- Print: 9
- Digital: 11
- Audio: 10
- Adult: 19
- YA: 10
- Middle Grade: 1
My favorite books of the month were A Heart So Fierce and Broken, Wings of Ebony, and Beach Read.
Here’s what I read in January:
- A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Cursebreakers #2)
- A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Cursebreakers #3) ARC – This one was just an excerpt that got me desperate for the actual book.
- Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London #7)
- Beach Read by Emily Henry
- A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #4)
- City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda ARC
- When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
- The Final Chance by Cait Marie ARC
- Dark Age by Pierce Brown (Red Rising Saga #5)
- Emperor’s Spear by Alex Gough (Imperial Assassin #4) ARC
- Great British Vegan: Simple, Plant-Based Recipes to Cook the Nation’s Favourite Dishes by Aimee Ryan ARC
- The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
- Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (Wings of Ebony #1) ARC
- The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson
- In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce ARC
- The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
- The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #2)
- 1000 Vegan and Vegetarian Meals by Editors of Chartwell Books ARC
- Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #3)
- The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #1)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- The Wave by Todd Strasser
- The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
- The Mermaid From Jeju by Sumi Hahn ARC
- Milk Fed by Melissa Broder ARC
- The Removed by Brandon Hobson ARC
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
- Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibañez (Woven in Moonlight #2) ARC
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
How was your January?
Categories: Monthly Wrap Up