Books I Read in January
- Miracle Creek by Angie Kim ½
- Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- Robin by Dave Itzkoff ½
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman
- Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin ½
- Underland by Robert Macfarlane
- How We Know What Isn’t So by Thomas Gilovich
- If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White ½
- Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
- The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse ½
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi ½
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire ½
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power
- Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
- The Girl from Nowhere by Eliska Tanszer ½
Provided by NetGalley and publisher for a fair and honest review.
This was a great month, but I was worried. I started off slow while I traveled. Then I got the flu for a week. January AYearAthon really saved me (getting me back in the pattern of reading). I think I had a pretty good spread of books. If you saw my 2020 ongoing post, you’ll know I am trying a new rating scheme, and I think it is helping me rate books more concisely. I really like thinking about each piece of it as I think about the score it deserves.
Now, I did DNF two books this month, Underland and The God of Small things. I am still counting them because I was over 70% through them; it was enough. This is another sign of a good start to the year because I can really struggle to DNF a book I am not enjoying or getting into. On top of that, I hit 500 likes on my blog, so exciting! I also started Josh’s Bookish Voyage, my new Booktube channel. I talk all about that in my 2020 reading log as well.
- The Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
- Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Blackathon Cont. Challenge)
- Beloved by Toni Morrison (Blackathon Scifi Challenge)
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- Not that Bad edited by Roxane Gay
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
- Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
- The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Blackathon Cont. Challenge)
- Heavy by Kiese Laymon (Blackathon Cont. Challenge)
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (Blackathon Scifi Challenge)
- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Blackathon Scifi Challenge)
- Lagurdia by Nnedi Okorafor (Blackathon Scifi Challenge)
- Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou
- March by John Lewis et al.
- Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories by Jean Humez
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
You can hear all my thoughts in my video above, but these are the books I am reading this month. I didn’t mention The Color Purple in the video because I ordered it and forgot to mention it. I have made a very ambitious goal this month, especially since it is a short month. Of course, it is Black History Month. I talk all about that in my video and how I am participating in #Blackathon2020. Check out the link to learn more. In doing that, there are some challenges I will be completing. I am identifying as team science fiction; I’ve marked the books I am reading for that in red above. However, I am reading enough books to satisfy some of the contemporary team (Cont.) which I’ve marked in blue. I will be one short sadly.
I’m aiming for 3 audiobooks a week which I think is my normal speed. On top of that, I will be completing the Blackathon book-tag and Instagram challenge where I am going to plug seven books. I’ve decided to treat that like a week long “readathon” where I will try to read these all over the course of one week. I will be doing it the week before the actual Instagram challenge due to personal things.
That comes out to 9 audiobooks (3 weeks) plus 7 for the “Readathon” week. That comes to 16 audiobooks (the exact number of audiobooks I have above). My physical reading assumes I can finish each book with reading on the bus plus a bit of personal time. If I don’t complete a book, that is really where it is most likely to happen. However, I only have two real books with two comics to enjoy. If you want to hear more about my thoughts for each book, check out my YouTube video above!