So the end of January is here and I have had a really good start to the year.
I am writing this blog post on the 29th so there is a chance that I will get a little more completed, however I will add these to the February wrap up and let you know.
So, at the moment I have completed 13 books; of these books there are 2 that I read as audiobooks. I have had a really good reading month and I hope that it continues through the rest of the year.
I have started tracking all different elements of my reading and I am happy with how it shows January. I have read a total of 5087 pages, averaging roughly 160 pages a day. Of these 13 books, 11 books were fantasy and 2 of them were graphic novels; I read 2 children’s/ middle-grade books, 3 adult novels, and 8 young adult novels.
The best books I have read this month is The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid, a clear five star read and I cannot wait until I can get my sticky mitts on The Empress. I found myself wanting more and even after reading more books after this one, I was thinking about the characters. Followed closely by The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, the final book I have completed this month.
The ‘worst’ book I read this month was one of the graphic novels I read this month; The Amulet: Stonekeeper. I found myself browsing over the pages because the art and the story didn’t really hold me, I don’t know whether it was because the start of the series or because I was tired when I read it. I did give this 3 stars but I don’t think I will be continuing the series.
Okay, on to some more stats, because I love stats. About the authors, I have read 11 white authors and 2 authors who were people of colour; something I plan on working on more over the next year- however it was difficult as I am currently only reading from a small selection of my TBR and unfortunately at the moment I don’t own that many from POC and I plan on rectifying this when I finally break my book buying ban.
I read 3 books from authors from Europe, 1 book from South America and the rest from North America. Again, this is something I plan on changing more throughout the year. I did, however, manage to finally read a book in translation.
I did purchase 6 books this month, however, I did not pay anything for these; mainly thanks to the free credits I have collected through audible (since I didn’t know I got one every month and haven’t been using them) and free kindle books. I have learnt to appreciate audiobooks this month, so I have ‘purchased’ some of my larger fantasy books in audiobook format so I can make slow but steady progress on books that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise.
I have done some writing this month, where I have been doing short story pieces almost weekly (okay, I did miss a week) however I have found myself mulling over one and have decided to expand it into a short story.
So, my plan for the next month is a simple one.
I want to read at least 10 books next month, I have set out a TBR trying to make another dent in my physical TBR. I plan on continuing with a few series; The Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson, The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks, The Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan, and The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.
Overall, I am really happy with the first chapter of 2018 and hope that the second is just as well.
How has your first chapter been? Let me know in the comments below!