Monthly Wrap-Ups

Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2015 [#5]

Overview:

I’m doing this wrap-up post a little differently this month. It’s a new year, after all, and so changes are in order! In addition to the books I read and reviewed, I also list all my non-review posts, all the books I acquired, and my 105 Challenge update! Let’s get started, shall we?


What I read last month:

Here are the books I read in January 2015. (21 Books!)

Fiction: 20, Nonfiction: 1
Total number of pages read this month (approximately): 5,322!

                    

Click on a title to be directed to my review.

  1. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
  2. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  3. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
  4. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
  5. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. Gravity by Melissa West
  8. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katerine Paterson
  10. Maus, II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
  11. Atlantia by Ally Condie
  12. The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa
  13. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  14. Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus [review coming in March]
  15. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
  16. Love Volume I: The Tiger illustrated by Federico Bertolucci
  17. Gronk: A Monster’s Story: Volume I by Katie Cook [review coming in March]
  18. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
  19. The Magician’s Daughter: A Valentine Hill Mystery by Judith Janeway
  20. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
  21. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Non-review posts:

Here are my non-review posts from January 2015.

  1. 10 Under 10k (Ratings on Goodreads) #1.
  2. My Top 10 Most Anticipated 2015 Releases.
  3. The One Lovely Blog Award.
  4. My Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To.
  5. Series Wrap-Up: Maus Volumes I & II by Art Spiegelman.
  6. 10 Under 10k (Ratings on Goodreads) #2.
  7. Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Really Want To Reread.
  8. Top Ten Tuesday — Books I’d Love to Read with My Book Club (If I Had One, That Is).
  9. Top 5 Wednesday — Favorite Antiheroes.

The books I acquired:

Here are the books I acquired in January 2015. (17!)

Many thanks to Briana and the publishers who gave me review copies!

(Listed in order of when I received them)

                  

  1. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne — ARC; Briana from Reader Writer Critic via her A Month of Giving: Week Four giveaway. Thank you, Briana!
  2. Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash — ARC; Briana from Reader Writer Critic via her A Month of Giving: Week Four giveaway. Thank you, Briana!
  3. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma — egalley; Algonquin Young Readers via NetGalley.
  4. The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa — egalley; Skyscape (Amazon Children’s Publishing) via NetGalley.
  5. Unborn by Amber Lynn Natusch — egalley; 47 North (Amazon Publishing) via NetGalley.
  6. Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto — egalley; Skyscape (Amazon Children’s Publishing) via NetGalley.
  7. Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus — egalley; University of Minnesota Press via NetGalley.
  8. Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay — ARC; HarperCollins via Goodreads First Reads.
  9. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton — egalley; Random House Children’s via NetGalley.
  10. Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen — egalley; Entangled Teen.
  11. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark — ARC; Swoon Reads (Feiwel and Friends) via Shelf Awareness newsletter.
  12. Love Volume I: The Tiger illustrated by Federico Bertolucci — egalley; Magnetic Press (Diamond Book Distributors) via NetGalley.
  13. Gronk: A Monster’s Story: Volume I by Katie Cook — egalley; Action Lab Entertainmen (Diamond Book Distributors) via NetGalley.
  14. How to Fly with Broken Wings by Jane Elson — egalley; Hachette Children’s Books via NetGalley.
  15. Nightbird by Alice Hoffman — egalley; Random House Children’s via NetGalley.
  16. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig — egalley; Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) via NetGalley.
  17. The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys — ARC; Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) via Shelf Awareness newsletter.
  18. The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe — ARC; St. Martin’s Griffin via Shelf Awareness newsletter.
  19. Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan by Vasudev Murthy — ARC; Poisoned Pen Press via Shelf Awareness newsletter.

In other news…

105 Challenge

The 105 Challenge is hosted by by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28.

An update on my 105 Challenge: 21/105 Books!

Here are the categories and my progress in them:

  1. Indie/self-published novel: (0) Haven’t yet read one, but I have a couple on my Kindle app that I’ve been meaning to read for years. Soon, hopefully, once I get through a bunch of egalleys…
  2. Books over 500 pages: (0) Haven’t read a giant book yet. Well, that’s a lie — The Evolution of Mara Dyer was over 500 pages, but I decided to count it toward “Books in a series”. I’ve got a bunch of big-ass books in mind, though. (I’m looking at you, A Game of Thrones…)
  3. Adult novels: (1) And that one would be Red Rising, which is actually a YA/Adult hybrid, but most people are categorizing it as Adult so I am, too. But I have a few Adult ARCs to read so this category should be complete very soon!
  4. Adult classics: (0) Classics, ah… I love children’s classics, but it’s the adult classics that I find hard to motivate myself to read. I have a huge collection of adult classics to read, though; I’m just putting it off when I really shouldn’t. Sigh.
  5. Graphic novels: (3) I feel like I will definitely complete this category soon. I really like graphic novels because they’re easy to fly through and are a terrific medium I’ve recently discovered. So far I’ve read: Anya’s GhostMaus, II, and Love Volume I: The Tiger.
  6. Books with dragons: (0) I can’t believe I haven’t read a book with dragons in it yet. Because dragons are the best. I have a ton of dragon books though that I want to read and reread this year, so I know this goal will happen. Just when, I’m not sure.
  7. Contemporary YA novels: (0) Again, zero. Contemporary is not my favorite genre; I have very few favorite books that are contemporaries, and more often than not these books just don’t draw me in and I find are quite forgettable. I want to read a bunch this year, though, to see if I can find ones that really stick with me.
  8. Authors I haven’t read before: (4) This is kind of a catch-all type of category, for books that don’t really fit or I don’t necessarily want in the other groups. I’m very particular and weird that way. So far I’ve read: The Vanishing Girl, Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery, Gronk: A Monster’s Story: Volume I, and The Magician’s Daughter: A Valentine Hill Mystery.
  9. Debuts from any year: (3) Yeah, debut books! I’ve read so far The Murder Complex, Gravity, and The Jewel.
  10. Rereads: (3) I adore rereading good books. I reread so many books every year. I know that I should be making progress with new-to-me books, but some stories are just so good they need to be experienced again. Or I just forgot what a book was about and I want to read the sequel. That too. I’ve reread this year The Tiger RisingThe Little Prince, and Bridge to Terabithia.
  11. 2015 releases: (2) And these two were also review copies! Expect a bunch of books in this category to be review copies; after all, review copies are almost always for new releases. I’ve so far read The Boy Next Door and Seeker.
  12. Books on my TBR pile: (1) And that one would be William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. I’m classifying this category as books I own that I need to read, and they can include review copies (although William Shakespeare’s Star Wars was not a review copy, I just won it through a Quirk Book giveaway).
  13. Books in a series (continue/finish): (2) There are always going to be series that need to be finished. This month I finished one series (technically two, if I count Maus, II; it’s just in the “Graphic novels” category) and made progress with another (the Mara Dyer trilogy). The books I read were Infinityglass and The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
  14. Fantasy books: (2) Because fantasy is my favorite genre ever and I will never tire of it. Seriously, I’m that odd person who would choose to read my favorite genre for the rest of my life over reading every other genre except my favorite for the rest of my life. The fantasy books I read this month were Illusions of Fate and Atlantia.

What did you read in January 2015?
What was your favorite book you read this past month?
Comment below letting me know!

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6 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2015 [#5]

  1. Wow, congratulations on reading 21 books this month! That’s incredible- I only read 9. Whoops. Ah well, it was a busy month for me! I have been meaning to read Illusions of Fae, The Jewel, Atlantia, and Red Rising for a while. It looks like you’re making great progress on your 105 challenge, so congratulations! Here’s to a great February as well!

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  2. Ooh, I’ve got The Walls Around Us on my to-read list, let me know what you think of it! (Side note: Isn’t that cover gorgeous?!) Also, I had never heard of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, but OH MY GOD that must be hilarious. xD I just watched all six of the Star Wars movies for the first time last year, so the idea of a Shakespeare version is even funnier now, haha!

    Also: If you’re looking for a recommendation for a good adult classic, I’m reading My Antonia by Willa Cather now and really enjoying it! It was published in the early 1900’s, so the writing style isn’t dense and old-fashioned like some older classics, which makes it an easier read. It’s set in Nebraska, I think–somewhere out on the prairie–and though it’s a quieter book, it’s really good so far. Kind of like Little House on the Prairie for older readers, haha!

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