So, I just want to start off this post with a few stats:
- Number of posts in January: 20 (including this one)
- Number of review posts in January: 7
- Number of non-review posts in January: 13 (including this one)
- Number of non-review posts in January that have an exclamation point in the title: 8 (including this one…)
I may need to cool it on the exclamation points just a BIT.
Anyways, this was a big blogging month for me. For a large part of the month before school hit me hard, I was posting daily, and even after that I managed to post at least twice a week. Considering how sparsely I’d been posting through all of 2017 despite starting this blog in January of last year, I feel like I’ve done a great job of getting myself in more of a routine with blogging. I still need to work on that, but it’s a start. In January 2018 alone, I almost doubled both the number of posts I’ve written AND how many page views I’ve gotten on the blog — doubling my stats from the entirety of last year. My blog is still really small, but that felt like a huge accomplishment.
Reads for January
This was a big reading month for me, too! Here’s all I read in January:
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp — 3.5 of 5 stars — review here!
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson — 4 of 5 stars — For class, so one of my only permitted rereads. Review here!
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo — 3 of 5 stars — review here!
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon — 5 of 5 stars — review here!
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes — 5 of 5 stars — an excellent poetry collection I read for class.
Hillary Rodham Clinton by Karen Blumenthal — 5 of 5 stars — a great biography with really nice writing.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy — 4.5 of 5 stars — review here!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — 5 of 5 stars — I was fortunate enough to have been assigned this book for class, so I got to bypass my “no rereads” policy to read it again. One of my favorites.
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed — 5 of 5 stars — one of my favorites of the month. Don’t pass this one up. Review forthcoming!
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth — 4 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
Down In The Belly Of The Whale by Kelley Kay Bowles (ARC) — 1 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
See All The Stars by Kit Frick (ARC) — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green (ARC) — 3 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding (ARC) — 4.5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
The Cat Encyclopedia for Kids by Joanne Mattern (ARC) — 3 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!
My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci — 2 of 5 stars — library book that fell flat for me. It was weird and I don’t even want to review it because I don’t care enough.
Krazy: George Herriman, A Life In Black And White by Michael Tisserand — 5 of 5 stars — wonderful biography of one of my favorite comics creators. Review forthcoming!
Queerly Loving #2 edited by G Benson and Astrid Ohletz (ARC) — 5 of 5 stars — a wonderful anthology of queer stories. Review forthcoming!
- Number of books read: 20
- Number of books read during the 24 in 48 Readathon: 10
- Number of nonfiction books: 3
- Number of ARCs: 6
- Number of books by marginalized authors: ~13
- Number of books read for class: 6
- Number of library books: 5
It’s worth noting that almost all of the books I read that weren’t by marginalized authors were either ARCs I received or books I read for class. I really like supporting marginalized authors, so I’m happy with that number.
I clearly have a lot of reviews I need to write still! This is largely because all of those books were either read during or right before the 24 in 48 Readathon, and if I’d been reviewing as I went during the readathon there was no way I could have finished it. It’s okay, though — you’ll see those reviews in the coming months!
On The Personal Side…
January was a pretty okay month for me. I took a few risks that were at least worth taking even if they don’t pay off, and I have some great ideas for new projects. I want to write a cute YA romance between two enbies, one who is very secure with who they are and one who is questioning her gender, and I also want to design an independent study course for the final term of my master’s degree on library resources for comics studies. I really hope that works out!
I am just a few short months away from graduating with my master’s, which is weird. This is my 20th consecutive academic year since I first started going to preschool in fall of ’98, and since I don’t currently have plans to get another degree after I finish this one, I’m looking at an actual break from academia for the first time in two decades starting in June. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. On the one hand, school is stressful, but on the other I don’t really know anything else.
February is the month where I hope that I can fine-tune my new plans for an actual blog post calendar, and the month where I hope to do more of my own writing. I want it to be a great month!
How was your January? Did you read anything you just adored? Do you have any cool February goals or plans?