January Mini-Review Recap!

Total books read in January: 13!

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Yay me.

BTW, sorry this recap is a bit late. I ummm, kind of forgot about it. Oops.

I am super psyched that I read over a dozen books in January, even if they were a lot of graphic novels, but it’s depressing to me that we’re now a little over a week in February and I’ve only finished 1 book and 2 short graphic novels. Le sigh.

Anyways. Let’s see the teeny tiny thoughts on what I read!


Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff – This is the sequel to Stormdancer, and it was really intense and there were some parts that made me crack up, and some really exciting new characters. I can’t wait for the third book (which is due out in September, I believe).

A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown

A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown – Short and well drawn, and I related to the author’s shift away from religion and more towards science as a thing to believe in. This was a tad disorganized though.


Buck by M.K. Asante – Absolutely brilliant memoir about the author growing up in Philadelphia. It was disturbing and beautiful, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Boxers and Saints

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang – I loved the concept of this companion graphic novel set, and really liked the art, but I was underwhelmed by the books in general.


Chew: Volume 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory – I LOVED THIS. It’s about a guy who gets physic impressions from things he eats, and it’s set in a world where chicken is outlawed and there’s a chicken black market, and it was just so weird and fun. Can’t wait to read the entire series.

Smarter Than You Think

Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson – Really intelligent and thought-provoking about how humanity has dealt with new developments in communication and technology in the past, and how we can continue to use the new tools at our disposal in effective ways. VERY awesome book, I even bought my own copy.

Anya's Ghost

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – Adorable and yet slightly creepy graphic novel about a girl’s struggle to fit in, and her befriending a ghost. Liked it.


Virgins by Diana Gabaldon – This is a short story in a new anthology out called Dangerous Women, and it’s based on Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which is of course why I read it. Love seeing young Jamie and Ian get into trouble together.

The Humans

The Humans by Matt Haig – An alien comes to Earth disguised as one of us, and learns what it means to be human. This was quirky and hilarious and touching. Looooved it.

Packing for Mars Mary Roach

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach – Really weird, learned lots of gross stuff, but overall I found it to be not exactly what I was hoping for.

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – Brilliant. Just go read it.

Fool by Christopher Moore

Fool by Christopher Moore – Funny, strange, and endearing. I am SO excited that there’s a sequel coming out in April.

Whew! I am really happy with the mix of books in January – Classics, humor, graphic novels, non-fiction, fantasy, etc. Awesome.

Also, some stats! Because I’m trying that whole “read more ladies and non-white folks” thing:

Books by female authors: 4 out of 13. Not so great.

Books by non-white authors: 6 out of 13.  That’s roughly half, so yay.

Let’s hope that February picks up the pace and that I can work more lady authors into my mix.

Have you read any of these? Any on your TBR?




    1. I think my expectations were a bit too high as well. I hate when that happens.

      Ummm if you think my reading was good in January, you’ll be sorely disappointed in me for this month! LOL. I’ve barely finished 2 books.


  1. LOVED Anya’s Ghost … I’m so happy to have seen it on your blog! I keep wanting to check out Boxers and Saints, too. I’ve been getting more into graphic novels lately, at least trying to read one every week or so. It’s nice to mix it up a bit. And I have Chew on hold at the library — it looks interesting! The Humans sounds really good … I’ve added that one to my wishlist!

    Good luck with February! 13 books was pretty great!


  2. 13 books AND a Clueless gif? You are totally rocking here. Of those I’ve only read The Bluest Eye (which is my favorite Toni Morrison books) and I’ve listened to The Fool on CD, which was fun and had a good reader.


  3. I’ve slowed down in February too. My first book took about a week to get through! Luckily, my second one was a quick one, and now I feel like I’m back on track with #3. Still… slow start… especially compared to last month.


    1. Maybe February is justa universally slow month. We all get excited about the new year and binge-read in January, and then tire ourselves out for February. Work has also been taking up alllll my time, which sucks.


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