January In Review #monthlywrapup

January 2019 Review

In January
it’s so nice
while slipping
on the sliding ice
to sip hot chicken soup with rice.
Sipping once
Sipping twice.”
–  Maurice Sendak, In January

January 2019

We’ve made it through January and book-wise we’re off to an auspicious start!

How was your reading month? Did you have any 5 Star reads? I read 1️⃣7️⃣ Books and had 2️⃣ DNFs which was disappointing. but it’s okay because not every book is for everyone, right?!

I posted 1️⃣1️⃣ Book Reviews (Links go to my reviews.)

Watching You | Educated | An Anonymous Girl | I’ll Be There For You | True Places | The Dreamers | The Songbird | Mourning Dove | Maid | The Wartime Sisters | The Suspect | The Lost Girls of Paris | What Doesn’t Kill Her

1️⃣4️⃣ Fiction 3️⃣ Nonfiction

TOTAL 🆕 POSTS 3️⃣5️⃣

January was a good month for reading! I had THREE five star reads and I don’t think I can pick a favorite…

I caught up with 7️⃣ Netgalley books and ten of my own books so that’s a win! #readwhatyouown

Can you believe it? I was lucky to receive 2️⃣2️⃣ physical ARCs, gifts and purchases. Thank you authors, publishers and friends!

In other news, I’m using the Bookly app (+goodreads) to keep track of my reading this year. (I’m a sucker for a cool infographic.) You can see how many pages you’ve read, your reading speed and lots more. I see I managed to carve out 63 hours of reading last month… Highly recommend!

Jan 1-31

Reader Challenges

The first month of the year is done and I’ve made some good progress on my various reading/blog challenges (tracking here) as well as the Popsugar Challenge (tracking here).

📖A to Z Challenge: 11/26

📖New Release Challenge: 10

📖Backlist Reads: 1

📖2019 Discussion Challenge: 3 posts

📖Nonfiction Book Bingo: 3

📖Popsugar Challenge: 5/41

I’m currently at 70% on netgalley. My goal is 80% at least.

Southern California Events 🎉

There are lots of new events posted. Check out the updated Events Page and look for February events with:

🎉Chloe Benjamin & Nicole Richie

🎉Dani Shapiro & Jamie Lee Curtis

🎉Jill Santopolo & Taylor Jenkins Reid!

… plus Angie Thomas, Gloria Steinem, Kate Quinn and more! Check out the events page to get in on the fun.

February Books

I can’t believe how many amazing books are coming out this month. Look for reviews of The Curiosities, More Than Words, The Girls at 17 Swann Street, The Moon Sisters, The Huntress and many more!

Some of the books I’m reading in February are The Last Romantics, Forget You Know Me, The Age of Light and The Secret of Clouds.

Other News

Our Amazon Storefront (Current earnings – $1.48) now features an entire page dedicated to Southern California Authors. Come over and take a peek!


And that’s it! Thanks for checking out my month. What are you excited about in February? Tell me in the comments!

Love, Jaymi

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  1. I’m taking part in a few reading challenges and I’m starting them in February. January has been a bit slow for me on the reading front. I read like 3 books

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  2. I was able to read 21 books (mostly bc I am a terrible insomniac)!
    Loved The Dreamers, (5 star) The Girls at 17 Swann Street (5 star) and The Lost Girls of Paris. (4.5 stars)
    I also read The Wartime Sisters, (which I was a tad disappointed in) Next Year in Havana, and which were good. I was not a fan of Educated (I know I am a definite outlier there) and really did not like The Suspect (it was a bit too much for me to believe) I have The Daughter of Molokai coming up this week, and I also have received an arc of the sequel to Next Year in Havana.

    I am excited to read No Exit with my book pal, as well as We Must Be Brave, and The Current in February along with a reread of The Heart’s Invisible Furries.

    Have not read Sadie yet nor the Eleanor book, but I do plan to.
    Happy reading, Jaymi!

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful reading month! I really want to read Next Year in Havana and The Girls at 17 Swann Street.

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