Last year was a great reading year overall, with a total number of 150 books read (a complete overview of some stats can be read here). In December alone, I managed to read a total of 13 books, thanks to the quieter times between Christmas and New Years.
January is going to be a whole different story though (same as the rest of the year), with moving house & studying for my Associate Degree, I don’t think I will be able to read as much as I would like to.
One of the bookish resolutions I have is that I want to try and stick to a set TBR more often. With building a house, having a full-time job AND studying on the side, reading isn’t my main priority this year, but I do need some relaxing time every now and then. I’ve decided to give myself a TBR of 6 books per month (which should be totally doable), and everything I manage to read on top of that, is just a bonus. This way, I will be able to make a dent in my overall physical and Kindle TBR and allow myself the freedom of reading newer books as well.
So, for January, I have decided on the following 6 books to read. Two of these books are being read either due to a buddy read or a monthly ‘book club’.
- Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
- The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook
- Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
- The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Victor, Mitch, Sydney and Dol are back, and this time Victor is on another mission which is leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. In a secure facility, Eli is planning his revenge, and another EO Marcella has risen up, literally, from the ashes and is taking on the mob from the inside, slowly bringing her closer to an encounter with both Victor and Eli.
The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Is stealing the queen’s jewels going to be the beginning OR the end of everything for the intrepid gang?
Capturing the Devil
In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by an unspeakable tragedy.
The Deathless Girls
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.
On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.
Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.
They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…
Jordan is a nineteen-year-old that doesn’t actually know her own strength, she is independent and is used to relying only on herself and her older sister Cam to get through, she’s living in a small town studying landscape design and making ends meet with her boyfriend Cole who is choosing to be just as unreliable as everyone else in her life and due to circumstances beyond her control they end up living with Cole’s estranged father Pike. They are meant to be staying there until they can save enough money to get back on their feet.
Pike and his son haven’t been getting along for years due to his mother’s manipulation and all he wants to do is be there for him and help him out any way that he can. He is shocked to the core that the girl he met at the cinema was his sons’ girlfriend, trying to deny the instant chemistry that sparks between them from the start and now she’s living with him.
The Starless Sea
Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.
Vengeful and The Girl Who Stole An Elephant should both be fairly easy to get through. Vengeful is going to be a re-read for me (and will probably be my audiobook for January. The Girl Who Stole An Elephant is the book I will be reading alongside the lovely Gavin & Jade for Middle-Grade Monthly.
January is going to be an interesting month reading-wise. We will be super busy with the new house, I have to do schoolwork, and I also have a full-time job on the side. I won’t hold myself accountable for finishing all 6 books (even though I will try my best). If I won’t be able to, then that is fine as well.
What will you be reading in January? Are you joining Middle-Grade Monthly? Let me know in the comments below!