January Wrap-Up and February Goals

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January started off with a bang! I’ve had one of my best ever reading months and my best blogging month to date. In total, I managed to read seven books, which is one of the highest I’ve read in a month in so long, and I managed to publish eleven blog posts in January. Those posts were:


My TBR for January was a little bit different to the usual TBR’s I set myself. In fact, this style of TBR is going to continue for the rest of the year. I’ve found it so much easier to get through books this way! I’m using prompts to help me make my way through my TBR, with those prompts for January being:

  • A book picked from a TBR jar

I decided to join the Devour Your TBR group on Goodreads, which is hosted by two of my favourite book bloggers – Kathy from Books and Munches, and Destiny from Howling Libraries. The prompt from January was to read a book that is chosen from a TBR jar. I had seven book titles written down on paper and added into my jar. My boyfriend had the honour of choosing the book out of the jar and he picked Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, which was a great choice to start the year off. I absolutely love that book, and it means so much to me due to the anxiety rep.

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  • A classic book

Yes, I’m tackling the classic books this year. I read The Great Gatsby in January as I had it free on Kindle several years ago. It was just sitting there in my Kindle library and so I figured I had better read it at least once. I have to admit I was pretty disappointed with it. I only gave it two stars. It just didn’t interest me.

  • An ARC

At the beginning of the year, I had so many ARCs waiting for me on NetGalley. It felt impossible that I was going to get through them all, mostly due to the fact that I chose them to get my feedback ratio up and ended up hating them… so I just left them. That was until January hit and I decided to just DNF them so I could start again. Best. Decision. Yet. I’m so glad I did that because now I’m choosing ARCs I really want to read and review. I’m going to be a lot more picky about the ones I request this year so that I’m not left overwhelmed by the sheer amount I have to read. I’m aiming for one a month so that doesn’t happen, but I know I’m going to probably get through a few more each month. January’s ARC was Slayer by Kiersten White, which I have already reviewed.

  • A re-read

I’m taking part in a Harry Potter re-read this year. January was when we re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It felt so good to dive back into a world that means so much to me and holds such special memories.

All in all, the books I read were:

  • Turtles All the Way Down ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Great Gatsby ⭐⭐
  • Slayer ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Strange the Dreamer ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • The Wicked King ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses ⭐⭐⭐

Reviews for the last three of these are on their way… once I’ve written them!

So, there you have the books I read in January. Seven isn’t too shabby. I’m quite proud of how many I read.


My TBR for February is going to be very much of the same thing, with a few minor differences.

  • Fantastic February

The Devour Your TBR group on Goodreads has a new prompt for February – Fantastic February. It’s an opportunity to read through the fantasy novels you have lying around collecting dust on your shelf. My pick for this prompt is:

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  • A classic book

The classic book I’ve chosen to read this month is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. When I asked for classic book recommendations on Twitter, this was one of the books that was recommended the most – and it was also free on Kindle recently!

  • An ARC

I’m currently reading an ARC of The Colour of Shadows by Phyllida Shrimpton. It’s quite a short read and so I’m almost through with it. Expect a review of this to come very soon.

You’ll be able to purchase the book for yourself on the 7th February!

  • A re-read

Since I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in January, it’s time to move on to the Chamber of Secrets this month! I’m so excited to go back to Hogwarts with my illustrated edition.

How was your January? Did you manage to read much or did the dreaded January slump dig its claws into you? How are your February TBR’s looking? 

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  1. Great reading month! Love the idea of the TBR jar. I started one last year, but didn’t stick with it. Good luck with your February TBR.

    1. Thank you! I love the idea as well. It’s only supposed to be for January but I’m thinking I might keep it for the year to help me pick other reads.

    1. Thank you! I have so many books on my TBR that I needed help picking which ones to read and thought prompts would be the best way to do it haha!

    1. Thank you! I’ve just finished The Colour of Shadows and it was both a heartbreaking and heartwarming story – I’d recommend it! I loved having the TBR jar last month so much so that I’m thinking of keeping it for the rest of the year. Ooh, yes, that’s a great idea – I might have a look on Pinterest as well.

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