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January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

on February 3, 2020

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 2/15
Kindle Books: 3
Books I Owned or Bought: 3
Favourite Book(s): Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, Headliners by Lucy Parker
Least Favourite Books: The House Of Brides by Jane Cockram
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 7

First month of the year, done and dusted! I managed to hit 17 books for the month, which is about my average, despite being on holidays for the first third of the month, including two days travelling back home. It was a solid reading month too, lots of pretty good 4-star reads.

As an aside – one of the books I read in January was American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. I had a very early ARC which I read while I was away on holidays, before it was released, before all of the revelation that it’s not #ownvoices etc. I enjoyed the book when I read it (before I realised, before the stuff like the barbed wire centrepieces, etc) however I’ve taken the time to read some of the criticism on it, especially on the fact that she was given such a huge advance to tell the type of story that she’s not actually a part of, which raises a lot of interesting questions about the publishing industry and what sells and why it sells. One of the pieces I read suggested some #ownvoices immigrant stories and I thought well, I’ve been made aware of some other authors and books now so I can try and find some stories told by people that have lived it, or have some experience with it through family or cultural connections. My local library is amazing, it has five branches, it rarely doesn’t have the book I’m searching for and it often has books I am sure it won’t have. However when I tapped in a half dozen of these authors from one of the articles I’d read, I discovered that none of the works by them were in the system. The only hit I got was one of them was included in an anthology of stories about the immigrant experience, so I requested that. I’m on a sort of book no-spend for 2020 (I’m restricting myself to one book a month) so I’m going to try requesting that the library buy in some of these books and see how I go. If I’m not successful, I shall use my one book a month some months, to buy a couple of them.

Challenge Progress:

I thought as I’m doing a couple of challenges this year, every month I’d track my progress here, so I can see how well I’m winning or failing at them!

Reading Women Challenge: 0/26

2020 Read Non Fiction Challenge: 2/6 (if I continue to do well in this challenge I may boost my participation to include a book from all 12 prompts)

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2020: 6/50

Yikes. Already I can see that I’m behind on the Reading Women Podcast Challenge – I need to read around 2 titles a month + a couple more to hit my target and so far I’ve read nothing that qualifies. Going to have to get onto that pretty quickly and hopefully make some progress there although the TBR I have knocked up for February doesn’t seem to help. Speaking of which…….

These are the books I hope to read this month (plus at least one on my kindle, The River Home by Hannah Richell).

In some ways, this does feel like an ambitious TBR, especially as it doesn’t include anything that will qualify for the RWP challenge and I’ll have to try and find some others that do. I’m finally reading Kingdom Of Ash, which has been on my TBR since it was released, because I had to get through the previous book first. It’s quite sizeable, close to 1000p I think. However, Maas books are always quite a quick read, no matter how long they are, there’s something about them where they never feel as long to read as other books of the same length. I’m hoping to tackle that one over a weekend…… Also at the time of writing this post, I have already gotten a bit of a head start, and I’ve read a couple of books from this pile already as reviews for them are to be posted this week. I’m seriously looking forward to The Good Turn but it’s not out until quite late in the month, so I’ll probably leave that one until closer to the release date. I also have a couple of books to pick up from my local library, so I have to try and squeeze them in somewhere too! Sidenote – how cute is my new little desk plant? I’d been feeling like getting something new to cheer up my desk a bit so I ended up getting two plants, the one you can see in this pic and also a succulent which is in a pot on the other side of my monitor.

Hope everyone had a productive and enjoyable first month of 2020 – if you’ve read something from my TBR pile feel free to let me know your thoughts on it!

8 responses to “January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

  1. Mic says:

    Great TBR, and reminder about The River Home…. must get my hands on that one. but I have had an expensive week or two with books. I think I blew my yearly budget.
    Might be time to invest in a dedicated reader and more digital.
    I really want to get around to all of the Dervla McTiernans. haven’t started yet.

    • Haha I’m really trying to be good this year re: book spending, I just have SO many books to read and an excellent library (the books I’ve been trying to find notwithstanding) and we are taking a holiday this year that I would just rather have my money for.

      You HAVE to get to the Dervla McTiernans! They are SO GOOD.

  2. Those Own Voices authors not being in your library’s catalogue is so telling isn’t it. It really shows that as readers we need to demand more Own Voices be available to us whether through the library or bookstore and that the onus to recognise Own Voices is not just on publishers but on all of us as readers.

    • It is – and it’s a very broad library, I live in a very diverse area so there’s lots of translated fiction and foreign language fiction as well. It was very surprising to me that I didn’t find not only the books suggested but nothing by the authors at all except one contribution to that anthology. I’m hoping that by asking the libraries to buy them in, other people will come to those stories.

  3. Marg says:

    Were any of the books available through inter library loan. It is surprising when they don’t have books. I tried to put a book on hold the other day but I think my card has expired!

    I am really looking forward to the Hannah Richell and of The Good Turn!

    • Oh! It’s been SO long that I used it that I completely forgot that inter-library loan exists. Thanks for reminding me! I can’t even remember how to access it, haha. I’ll have to go and have a look.

      Mine does that every once in a while. It’s like their way of making sure who is still using their card/living in the area etc. Although the last time I went in to fix it, there was nothing wrong with the card, it was just the entire computer system was borked.

  4. I’m so excited to see Kingdom of Ash on your TBR! I really want to jump into it but I’m currently rereading the entire series! Good luck with your reading!

    • Before I bought Tower of Dawn, I read the entire series in like…..6 days haha. I had such hangover after book #5 though and I couldn’t face a whole book of Chaol! But now that I’ve finally got that out of the way, I can find out how it ends 😀 Hope you’re enjoying your re-read!

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