And thus concludes my January


Hi lovelies,

2020!!!!! This is crazy! I love a good new beginning and every year I look forward to January. One of my goals this year is to not care about book number but page number AND mindful reading instead; and you’ll see I have slowed down considerably. January kind of flew by … . I added a new hobby to my list – I am now a proud plant mom and I started spending considerable amounts of time taking care of my plants. I’ve acquired like 20 over the past month! I also have been trying my luck at adulting again – meal prepping, having a chore schedule, exercising …. you name it. It’s hard, you guys! I don’t know how people do it. As you can see I was busy living, but I still ended up reading six books, three of which were ARCs. I did not finish House of Leaves, which I actually started late December last year, since this book demands to be a slow burner and requires full attention!

Books read: 5

Books listened to: 1

Total pages read (includes “pages” from audiobooks): 1558

Schattenfrau (Andreas Suchanek) ♠♠♠♠♠



This one is my favorite so far in this franchise. I love the identity of the Schattenfrau! Finding out was well worth the wait. This series is really growing on me. It’s super entertaining and just the right amount of fluff.

I continue to recommend this series with every book I read just for its sheer entertainment value.


The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump (Rob Sears) ♠♠♠♠♠



Guys! This was amazing! I listened to the poems in audiobook format and the narrator does a spot-on Trump impression. The lines and verses are hilarious and the author mixes the Tweets perfectly to create novel poems. It’s a short read/listen and I bet it’ll go by too quickly. I found myself wanting more at the end of the book. We all know there is enough source material to make this into a series, right?!

Say yes to this book! Get it as an audiobook if you can.


The Little Bookshop on the Seine (Rebecca Raisin) ♠♠♠



This is the second book in a series but can totally hold its own. In fact, I didn’t realize there was a book 1 until maybe halfway through this ARC. I actually would’ve preferred if there weren’t a prequel because then this story would’ve simply been the story about what happens after you meet “the one”. I really enjoyed the plot and the protagonist and I truly hated her love interest. I deeply wish the ending would’ve been different because the story until then was one of empowerment and independence. The ending was a stark contrast to this and felt fake. Check out my full review here on my blog or on Goodreads.

I recommend this book solely because of the quirky characters and my love for Paris. Don’t read it for the romance.


The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux) ♠♠♠♠♠



There is nothing more to say than I loved, loved, loved this book. The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite musical and when I received an ARC of this re-release, I dove right in and was immediately captivated. This book combines the right amount of horror with romance, intrigue, societal criticism, witticism, and charm. Check out my full review here on my blog or on Goodreads.

This is basically a must-read for anyone interested in horror or classic books.


Winterbay Abbey (John Bladek, Davonna Juroe) ♠♠♠♠



Modern Gothic horror – oh my! That almost seems like an oxymoron but Winterbay Abbey pulled it off. This was such a suitable January read. The plot was super engaging and the ghost story drew me right in.  I enjoyed the mystery of it all and needed to find out what happens next. More importantly, though, the authors did a fantastic job setting the mood and creating this eeriness that stayed with me throughout the entire book. My only gripe with this novel is that I think the protagonist should’ve been female. I really believe that would’ve been more impactful.

I recommend this book if you are looking for a current Gothic novel that can hold it’s own amongst the classics. 


When We Were Vikings (Andrew David MacDonald) ♠♠♠♠



When We Were Vikings walks the line between YA and adult contemporary lit. The protagonist is one I haven’t come across in my readings and the plot pushed me to think and to evaluate myself and my surroundings. Zelda has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome but that’s not holding her back.  Her tribe (yes, she is obsessed with Vikings and their way of life) faces anything from socioeconomic disadvantages to interpersonal relationship struggles. And even that can’t stop Zelda. She’s inspiring. Her way of thinking is deeply profound. Her personality is endearing and her spirit commendable. This book felt airy and light but also very heavy. I am glad I received this ARC because I am not sure if/when I would’ve made time to read this novel otherwise. Check out my full review here on my blog or on Goodreads.

I highly recommend this book. It’s an important read.


2 thoughts on “And thus concludes my January”

  1. Great month for you! Aww plant mom! I’ve tried, I’m just not successful. Plus my mom forced us to help her garden when we were young so I kind of hate it all. lol. I go through spurts of meal planning/prepping and Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook has most certainly reinvigorated my love of cooking and planning! I’ve been cooking from her book for the past couple of weeks and it’s all fairly easy (sometimes messy) and so delicious! So I will keep creating from her book until I’ve exhausted it and then I plan on buying the second one! I added Winterbay Abbey to my TBR. My BOTM copy of When We Were Vikings just came in! Gosh, I hope I can get to it this year. lol.

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    1. I grew up on a farm, so lots of planting lol. I didn’t start getting into plants again until I had my own house. I discovered how much I had learned and how easy gardening came to me. Having indoor plants is sort of new territory. It’s much more difficult than I thought it would be.


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