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The Month That Was… January 2018
monthly round-up

The Month That Was… January 2018

+ International Giveaway

New year, new monthly updates! As well as what I’ve been reading I’d like to also track what I watch and other things I do over the month. There is still a chance to win one of the books I’ve reviewed, just keep reading.

I’m enjoying being ahead on my Goodreads goal this year. I think I’d still be on track if I’d set it the same as last year but it is so less niggling when it’s lower. I read ELEVEN whole books last month across a range of genres. I also made good progress on challenge prompts. I thought I was doing well with keeping up with review writing so far this year, but I still have five outstanding. Expect a flurry of them soon.

What I’ve Watched:

I have Hidden Figures on my TBR but I felt like watching the film… so I watched the film. It shows how ridiculous and hypocritical segregation laws were. Who cares what toilet you use?! The toilet issue was a big part of the film, but also shows how important these women were to the success of the US space programme. Plus computers used to be actual human beings! Mostly women too. Laura recently reviewed the book and it sounds like it has enough additional material to still be worth reading (and it would fit a POPSUGAR prompt).

I’ve been continuing with Mad Men and we’re onto season 4. The flashbacks can be a bit weird and I think Don and Roger have lost the plot right now, but I’m enjoying all the other character arcs. It can be uncomfortable viewing at times but it really highlights how far we’ve come with gender equality.



Last year I only listed challenge items when I’d reviewed the book but I got a bit lost and honestly, they should count whether I review them or not. So this is a list of all the prompts I’ve read something for in January.

Space: Gemina by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff
Portal: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

3 The next book in a series you started: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
14 A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
17 A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift: The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett
18 A book by two authors: Gemina by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff
27 A book set on a different planet: Saga volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan + Fiona Staples
30 A book with characters who are twins: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
34 A book that’s published in 2018: Still Me by Jojo Moyes
37 A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to: The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
A9 A book about a problem facing society today: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

Read Harder
A one-sitting book: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Beat the Backlist: 4/30
Goodreads: 11/100

Also blogged about:

#24in48 Readathon
#24in48 Wrap-Up
#SFvsFBingo Linkies!
2017 End of Year Book Survey

Now enter the giveaway:

This giveaway is open internationally (anywhere that Wordery delivers to). The winner will receive a brand new copy of their chosen book, not a used one. Book can be chosen from any of the titles I reviewed last month (pictured above).

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  1. TP

    Love how you got the year started off! I haven't seen the movie Hidden Figures yet, but hopefully I'll get to it soon.

    Tanya Patrice

  2. Reese K Jones

    Thanks for the giveaway, that's a great collection of books so I'm pretty sure the winner will have a hard time deciding!

  3. Sayomay

    Omg I’ve been wanting to read Monstress, Gemina, The Cruel Prince and A Conjuring of Light!! Ooh not sure which one I would choose just yet!!
    Samantha D

  4. snoakes

    I already have The Idiot Brain in my TBR. I'd love to win The Book of Joan – it's getting a lot of buzz.

  5. LeilaB

    Will pick the book of dust as I read great reviews. Would love to read it

  6. Jane Willis

    I'd like to win The Book of Joan – have just read your review and it sounds fascinating

  7. Irma

    This is absolutely amazing, thak ou. I'd love to win The Cruel Prince and I left my comment there.

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