January in sum: 17 books read, 4,453+ pages (two books—1 audio, 1 e-ARC—don’t have that information available), with an average of 3.8 rating (4 5-star reads!!). I’d have preferred a few more books in general and the ratio between print and audio favors audiobooks more than I’d like, but work’s been so heavy I haven’t been able to read as much (and I can listen while I work most of the time), that trend may continue for the next couple of months. Not going to complain (too much)…probably.
As per usual, I didn’t write quite as many posts as I wanted to, particularly the review-ish kind. But adding a section about non-review-ish posts to this wrap-up makes me feel a lot more productive because I don’t normally think of those posts when I look back at the month. So that’s a cool thing (although most months won’t be as filled with them, I realize).
Anyway, here’s what happened here in the first month of 2020:
“Traditionally” Published: 12
Self-/Independent Published: 5
|Genre||This Month||Year to Date|
|Children’s||1 (5%)||11 (5%)|
|Fantasy||3 (16%)||3 (16%)|
|General Fiction/ Literature||3 (16%)||3 (16%)|
|Horror||1 (0%)||0 (0%)|
|Humor||1 (5%)||1 (5%)|
|Mystery/ Suspense/ Thriller||6 (32%)||6 (32%)|
|Non-Fiction||1 (5%)||1 (5%)|
|Science Fiction||0 (0%)||0 (0%)|
|Steampunk||0 (0%)||0 (0%)|
|Theology/ Christian Living||0 (0%)||0 (0%)|
|Urban Fantasy||4 (21%)||4 (21%)|
|Western||0 (0%)||0 (0%)|
- Find Your Weigh by Shellie Bowdoin: A No-Nonsense, but not overly-demanding, approach to Eating right/Weight loss
- Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer: A delightful guide to style, grammar, spelling and other things English Language-related that you didn’t realize you wanted to know.
- The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding: BOOK I., Chapter i.-iv.
- Not Dressed by Matthew Hanover: If this book doesn’t bring a smile to your face, something’s broken
- Clearing the Deck: Tweet-length thoughts about books I can’t find time to write about
- Reread Project: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs: A very different model of what reading can be all about.
- Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter, Khristine Hvam: Hunter tries SF with Predictably Entertaining Results
- Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: Jack and Jill’s Final (?) Showdown in the Moors
- The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding: BOOK I., Chapter v.-ix.
- Wizard Ring by Clare Blanchard: A Subtle Take on Contemporary Fantasy
- Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb: High Stakes Danger for Lori Anderson in the Windy City
- Operation Large Scotch: O.L.S. by Bill Flockhart: Terrorists Attempt the Unthinkable
- Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg: A Dynamite Beginning to a New Series from One of the Most Reliable Scribes Around
- Stone Cold Magic by Jayne Faith, Amy Landon (Narrator): Meet The City of Trees’ Resident Demon Hunter
- The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding: BOOK I., ix.-Book II., iii.
- Looking back at 2019 for Books and the Blog
- 2020 Reading Challenges and Other Plans
- Four posts about my favorites 2019 in Non-Fiction, Theology/Christian Living, Crime/Mystery/Detective/Thriller Fiction, and Non-Crime Fiction (I need to come up with a catchier name for that if I’m going to persist in breaking those down)
- I asked a Few Questions of Matthew Hanover (again) and Shellie Bowdoin
- Do I Have That? Booktag
- Fridays with The Foundling: An Introduction to kick off this year-long series
- Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf
- In Medias Res: A Beginning At The End by Mike Chen
- Opening Lines: The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker
- and WWW Wednesday for January 15, 2020 and January 29, 2020
How was your month?