This is big. I think this might be the ONLY time ever, where I’ve been able to say the following: I READ MY ENTIRE TBR!!! Okay, so it was only four books – small fish for most of you out there, but I was trying to stay somewhere between aggressive and realistic when I put my January TBR together, and I did it! I read all four books and then some!
In this post, I said that my goal was to read 50 books in 2019. I also shared the four books that I hoped to read in January. I made it through all of them, plus some others that I picked up from the library. My local library is a rather small one, but I love that our county system allows you to request books (or other materials) from any library and have them sent to the library of your choosing. It’s $0.25 to have a book sent from anywhere in the county, to the library five minutes from my house. You can’t beat that! In an effort to be more frugal this year, I’ve been trying to utilize my library a bit more (I’m also no longer buying books on Amazon…or really, much of anything, but that’s a whole different story)! I’ve never had anything against the library, I just also love collecting books, so sometimes I need to curb my book buying a bit. 😉
In total, I read EIGHT books in January.
Here’s what I read:
- Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
- An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
- My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper
- I’ll Be There For You – The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller
- #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy
- If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar
- Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery (#2) by Jenny Colgan
- Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery (#3) by Jenny Colgan
You can see my ratings for everything I read over on my Goodreads page (feel free to friend me over there!), but I think my favorite book this past month was Little Beach Street Bakery (the first over the two that follow in the series). I’ve learned in the past year or so, that I really enjoy chick lit – especially when set in England/UK/Europe. I’m realizing that there’s perhaps a bit of an escapism theme in the entertainment I’ve been enjoying, especially in recent years. With such a messy reality, who can really blame me?
Grad school started up again at the very end of the month, and I have to admit that I haven’t opened a book for pleasure in a few days, but I’m still trying to be hopeful that I can continue making time for personal reading goals despite everything else. I’m keeping it simple again this month with a four book TBR, but I’ve also got some holds from the library that I’m in queue for, so we’ll see what happens there (I’m number 33 in line for one particular book!).
February 2019 TBR
- Betty White In person by Betty White
- The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
- Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell
- The Many Lives of Doctor Who by Richard Dinnick
Every book on this list is from my own personal collection, and has been sitting on my shelves for a bit, except for the Agatha Christie. I’ve always wanted to read her books and when I came across a whole bunch at the thrift store recently I picked them up for super cheap figuring it was worth the risk since it’d be cheaper than one single book new!
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📚Mega book haul! I’ve been wanting to read Agatha Christie for a long time now, but the woman wrote a LOT of books and it’s sort of overwhelming! Where to start?!? Came across a couple today while thrifting, then I found a few more… and a few more… until I had SIXTEEN to walk away with! Will I like them all? Who knows! But for way less than the cost of one new at the bookstore, it was well worth the gamble! Some of these covers are just killer (ha) – gorgeous vintage designs!!😻 After being in quite a thrift rut, this (plus some other goodies) really lifted my spirits! Now which do I start with?!? #8daysofgreat
The Doctor Who book is a graphic novel / comic and Missy recently reviewed it if you’re interested. I figured it was perfect for my TBR this month since I was looking for light and simple to try and keep my reading momentum going!
I’d love to know what is on your TBR this month, and what you’ve loved reading in January! Lets talk about it in the comments! Of course, if you’ve ever got suggestions for me, I’m all ears!