January Monthly TBR

December was, as predicted, not a stellar reading month – I managed to finish 7 books. I was SO CLOSE to finishing my Harry Potter re-reads by the end of the year, but I still have about 55% left in the last one. Ah well. I’ll finish it today.

January is usually one of my best reading months. How this JanuaryΒ will turn out, I have no idea. On the one hand – I’m really excited about this month’s books, and the Bout of Books readathon is happening from 1/5 to 1/11. On the other hand – the honeyman is leaving for basic at the end of the month, so a lot of free time will be spent with him instead of with my face buried in a book. We shall see. Let’s look at the pretty stack!


From top to bottom:

  • Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler (Kindle) – The second book in the Xenogenesis Trilogy, and because BUTLER.
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Kindle) – A space opera that has been getting a lot of buzz lately – I’m so in the mood for some good sci-fi right now.
  • Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Older (Oyster) – This is a collection of interconnectedΒ short stories of the ghost noir variety. I’ve already started it, and I’m REALLY enjoying it.
  • Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi – This was in the most recent Book Riot Quarterly box, and I’m excited to try it. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Oyeyemi.
  • The InstitutionistΒ by Colson Whitehead – I’ve never heard of this author before, but I heard this mentioned on the Book Riot podcast last month, and spotted it in my used library bookstore for $1. Can’t beat that πŸ™‚
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – I know every one has been raving about this, and then that incident happened at the National Book Awards, which is really what prompted me to buy the book, rather than get it from the library. I wanted to show my support for Woodson with my dollars.
  • PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt – Been waiting to read this for about two months now. I know lots of ladies who have read and loved it – can’t wait to dive in.
  • Black Science volume 1 by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera – I’ve been eyeing this comic series for a while, and I’m told it’s good, despite me never really hearing anything about it. It was on sale when I was using up my Christmas gift cards, so I grabbed it.
  • Watson and Holmes volume 1 by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi – I have been wanting to get my hands on this ever since I heard the premise; Sherlock and Holmes, but taking place in modern-day Harlem.
  • Deadpool Classic volume 2 by Joe Kelly, Pete Woods, and various artists – AWWWWW YEAH.

I’m trying to curb my spending a bit these next few months, but if I can get my hands on the newest volumes of The Manhattan Projects and Saga, those will be read ASAP (plus, you know, whatever comes in on my pull list). I’m also currently listening to Undeniable by Bill Nye on audiobook, but it’s almost 10 hours long and I only really listen on my commute, so who knows if I’ll finish that this month or not.

Another note:Β out of the seven books listed above (not counting comics for now, I guess) – 5 out of those 7 are by non-white authors, and 5 out of those 7 are by women. Diversity is going to be on my mind for all of my monthly TBRs.

Alright, I’m off of work today and excited to start digging in! What are you guys looking to read this month?




  1. I so wish I could do a monthly TBR post like this and actually stick to it. Damn my moodiness. I’m excited for Bout of Books next week! I need to start thinking about what I’m going to read.


    1. I’m really hit or miss when it comes to sticking with them… but that’s alright. I really use it more as a guideline πŸ™‚ And I try to usually pick a mix up stuff to accommodate whatever I’m in the mood for.

      I’m going to make my Bout of Books picks today. I’m so excited!

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  2. All fiction all the time for me this month! I have been reading tons of nonfiction over the past few months, and it’s been great, but I need to put some stories in my brain. And one of those is going to be the very depressing How It Went Down, by the very wonderful Kekla Magoon. It’s about a white guy shooting a black kid, so I need to read it now while we’re in sooooort of a lull between it being too painfully topical for me to manage. (I started it last year but had to stop when all the grand jury decisions came down.)


  3. Looks like an awesome stack! I just bought Black Science Vol 1, as well, haven’t read it yet but I’ve also heard good things and really like the art style.
    And diversity is a big thing for my 2015, as well. Have you seen Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge for the year? It’s what I’m using as kind of a basic guide to try and go outside my comfort zone, so I don’t get stuck there.


    1. I just realized today that I still need to read the third book in another space opera series, and maybe I should read that first… but we’ll see. Maybe I can fit them both in. I’m just so excited to start Ancillary Justice!


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