Reading Wrap Up: January 2019

The first month of 2019 is coming to a close, and it is bringing with it my monthly reading wrap up! Every month, I set myself the challenge of reading a certain number of books, and I try to specify precisely which books I want to read. This January, I set myself the challenge of reading six books, and I am pleased to say that I have exceeded this goal! Check out my January reading challenge here.

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#1 – An American Family by Jackson Baer | My Review

An American FamilyMy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The first book I read in 2019 was an eBook that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review. An American Family is a thriller that focusses on the lives of a family after its matriarch is kidnapped, presumed dead. It is an emotional story that contains elements of a crime novel, whilst also considering the personal relationships forged between characters.

Length: 221 pages.

#2 – Milkman by Anna Burns | My Review

MilkmanMy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Before the end of last year, I downloaded the audiobook of Milkman, thinking it might be a good way to encourage myself to read it. Initially, I really struggled with this book; although it is interesting, it is written in a very unusual style that comes across as very alienating. After these initial reservations, however, I came to really appreciate the beauty of Milkman.

Length: 14 hours, 11 minutes.

#3 – Iron Gold by Pierce Brown | My Review

Iron GoldMy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Towards the end of last year, I started reading Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books, so decided to read Iron Gold this month. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it to the same extent that I enjoyed Brown’s other books. It takes place several years after the original trilogy, but it considers the same characters, which felt like a bit of a mistake to me.

Length: 23 hours, 23 minutes.

#4 – The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke | My Review

The Boneless MerciesMy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I picked up a copy of The Boneless Mercies just before Christmas, and I am really glad that I did. This book really impressed me; it’s a retelling of the Old English poem, Beowulf, although I would argue that it is a very loose retelling. The writing in this book is extraordinarily detailed, and I found myself lost in Tucholke’s world.

Length: 341 pages.

#5 – Black Wings by Megan Hart | My Review

black wingsMy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The first 2019 release I read was Megan Hart’s Black Wings. This gothic thriller considers an extremely gifted child who develops an unnaturally close relationship with a raven. This book was well-written and the story seemed compelling, although I did wish more attention had been given to the supernatural, and less had been given to the family drama that is wrapped up in this narrative.

Length: 288 pages.

#6 – The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad | My Review

Heart of DarknessMy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My first classic of the year was also my first reread. I originally read The Heart of Darkness four years ago, and I found it very overwhelming. This is the most hard-hitting, controversial book that I have ever read, but I was able to appreciate the story a lot more this time around. The writing also seemed strangely beautiful; for a book about the slave trade, this book is really quite remarkable.

Length: 188 pages.

#7 – We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson | (Review TBC)

wehavealwayslivedinthecastleMy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had planned to read six books in January, so I was delighted when I realised I had time to finish another audiobook. I chose Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a book that I have wanted to read for a little while. I am incredibly glad that I listened to this book; it completely exceeded my expectations, and became my first five-star read of 2019!

Length: 5 hours, 32 minutes.

January’s Statistics

Books Read: 7.
Pages Read: 1,038.
Time Listened: 43 hours, 6 minutes.
Average Rating: 3.17.

Fiction Books Read: 7.
Non-Fiction Books Read: 0.
Male:Female Author Ratio: 3:4.
Most-Read Genre: Fantasy.

Thank you so much for reading! I’ll be posting my reading challenge for February tomorrow, so remember to check back then to find out which books I plan on reading next month!


3 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up: January 2019

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    1. Thanks so much, Stephen! To be honest, I thought I was being overly ambitious in setting out to read 6 books.

      You should never feel rushed with your reading, so it’s really good that you’re able to read slowly and resist the pressure of book blogging!

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