January was one of the best reading months I’ve had in quite some time. Altogether I finished 16 books, which is double of what I read most months in 2016. The average rating is 3.454 out of 5. Blogging less and not spending so much time on Instagram and Twitter contributed a lot more reading time, that’s for sure.
I’ve felt pretty burnt out by anything related to book blogging for weeks on end for a myriad of reasons. That’s why I took a step back and focused more on reading. It also helps that I did some thorough spring cleaning, during which I listened to three or four audiobooks. I also marked one audiobook as DNF, though I blame the narration and will probably still read the ebook this year.
Of the books I read, nine were paperbacks, six were audiobooks and one was hardcover. I didn’t read any ebooks last month. The print books added 3,024 pages to my tally and the audiobooks 54:12 hours (equalling 2,116 pages). If I convert the listening hours to pages, then I would’ve read a total of 5,140 pages.
- A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard | Rating: 4.125*
- Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed | Rating: 4.188
- Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier | Rating: 4.857
- The Chimes by Anna Smaill | Rating: 0.000
- The Special Ones by Em Bailey | Rating: 4.063
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Rating: 4.214
- Things I’ll Never Say edited by Ann Angel | Rating: 3.658
- Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch | Rating: 4.000
- Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew | Rating: 3.833
- The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig | Rating: 1.650
- The Here and Now by Ann Brashares | Rating: 1.950
- Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly | Rating: 4.111
- All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank | Rating: 2.111
- My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga | Rating: 3.200
- The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas | Rating: 4.111
- [Re-read] This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | Rating: 4.857
*Note on ratings: I rate books on a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the worst and 5 being the best. I first rate various aspects such as prose, characterisation, plot, originality, etc. Then I average these out for my overall ratings. To obtain my star ratings, I round to the nearest 0.5.
Did Not Finish
- Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Most months I end up adding more books to my TBR pile than I actually managed to read. I’m happy to learn that that wasn’t the case for January. Of the books I read, 10 were my own. Though I hauled 10 books, one was a recipe book, so I added nine to the TBR pile. Two I bought, two I received as gifts and six I received for review. My current 2017 TBR reduction status is -1.