January Wrap-Up

It’s only February, but how’s your reading progress going for the year?


These are the books I read in January and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in myself. I usually average 5-7 books a month. I thought about why I hadn’t read as much and realized several things: I focused more on self care—reading is a form of coping for me and I needed to balance it with getting more activity and eating better. (Too many instances of sitting and reading while snacking!) I also needed to focus more on revising my draft. My goal is to start querying by summer and I have a lot to do!


So, instead of thinking, “I didn’t read enough books,” I’m switching my attitude to “Wow! You managed to read four books while taking care of yourself and your family!” A bit Pollyanna? Maybe. But I’ll take it! We all could be kinder to ourselves and allow ourselves small victories.


Instead of using a rating system for my wrap-ups, I use categories! Should be easy to do since there’s only four books! 😆


📚Warcross by Marie Lu—Book with a unique setting and exciting pace! I’ll also add an honorary category for best book boyfriend with a dark past to Hideo Tanaka!


📚Princeless: The Pirate Princess Volume 3 by Jeremy Whitley—Series that’s not only highly entertaining but it also teaches subversive lessons in how take down gender stereotypes.


📚Binti: Home, Book 2 by Nnedi Okorafor—Character who is a bad ass because of her brains (Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase have been previous recipients).


📚The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey—Book most likely to make you reconsider your stance on the zombie apocalypse (maybe zombies are beings who just want to live their own life) and other life choices, i.e. leave the cell phone behind and take all the medicines! Honorary category for pretty much getting you to cheer for a little girl who likes to eat people.


Are these categories helpful? Or do you prefer the rating system?


Book sleeves made by me! 💁🏽‍♀️



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