january reading in review

Books Purchased This Month
2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron
We Are the Ants [IndieBound] by Shaun Hutchinson (Book Riot YA box surprise!)
Ana of California [IB] by Andi Teran (Book Riot YA box surprise!)

Books Received/Acquired This Month
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness [IB] by Jeff Olson
Burn [IB] by Elissa Sussman (Edelweiss ARC)
Down with the Shine [IB] by Kate Karyus Quinn (Edelweiss ARC)
Just Like Me [IB] by Nancy Cavanaugh (Edelweiss ARC)
The Regulars [IB] by Georgia Clark (Edelweiss ARC)
The Memory of Light [IB] by Francisco X. Stork (Edelweiss ARC)
Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire [IB] by Sundee T. Frazier (Edelweiss ARC)
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl [IB] by Mona Awad (Edelweiss ARC)

Books Borrowed This Month
A New Year’s Reunion [IB] by Yu LiQiong and Zhu Cheng-Liang
Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure [IB] by Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers
Uh-oh! [IB] by Rachel Isadora
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song [IB] by Debbie Levy and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Beach Feet [IB] by Kiyomi Konagaya and Masamitsu Saito
Elan, Son of Two Peoples [IB] by Heidi Smith Hyde and Mikela Prevost
Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave [IB] by Shiyima Hall
Max Goes to School [IB] by Adria F. Klein
Max and the Adoption Day Party [IB] by Adria F. Klein
Max Goes to the Farm [IB] by Adria F. Klein
Max Goes to the Fire Station [IB] by Adria F. Klein
Katie Woo: The Big Lie by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo: A Happy Day by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo: Goodbye to Goldie by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo: Katie Goes Camping by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo: Too Much Rain by by Fran Manushkin
Under the Lemon Moon [IB] by Edith Hope Fine and René King Moreno
Jacob’s New Dress [IB] by Sarah and Ian Hoffman and Chris Case
Pecan Pie Baby [IB] by Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall
This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration [IB] by Jacqueline Woodson and James Ransome
The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Bagram Ibatoulline
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad [IB] by M.T. Anderson
Bleeding Violet [IB] by Dia Reeves
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live [IB] by Marlene Zuk
The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer [IB] by Gretchen Reynolds
What Can You Do With a Paleta? [IB] by Carmen Tafolla and Magaly Morales
Fiesta Babies [IB] by Carmen Tafolla and Amy Córdova
Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby [IB] by Patricia MacLachlan and Elizabeth Zunon
The Butterfly’s Dream: Children’s Stories from China by Ippo Keido and Kazuko G. Stone
Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen [IB] by Mary Norris (audiobook)

Books Finished This Month
Show Your Work! [IB] by Austin Kleon {a few thoughts}
Her Dark Curiosity [IB] by Megan Shepherd
The Grasshopper’s Song [IB] by Nikki Giovanni and Chris Raschka
Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers
Uh-oh! by Rachel Isadora {a few thoughts}
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy and Vanessa Brantley-Newton {a few thoughts}
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya and Masamitsu Saito
Citizen: An American Lyric [IB] by Claudia Rankine {a few thoughts}
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel [IB] by Firoozeh Dumas
Elan, Son of Two Peoples by Heidi Smith Hyde and Mikela Prevost {a few thoughts}
A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong and Zhu Cheng-Liang
Max Goes to School by Adria F. Klein
Max and the Adoption Day Party by Adria F. Klein
Max Goes to the Farm by Adria F. Klein
Max Goes to the Fire Station by Adria F. Klein
Katie Woo: Too Much Rain by by Fran Manushkin
This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson and James Ransome
Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine and René King Moreno
The Adventuress [IB] by Audrey Niffenegger {a few thoughts}
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall
Zahrah the Windseeker [IB] by Nnedi Okorafor {a few thoughts}
The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Bagram Ibatoulline [a few thoughts}
Katie Woo: The Big Lie by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo: A Happy Day by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo: Goodbye to Goldie by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo: Katie Goes Camping by Fran Manushkin
Dead Man’s Cell Phone [IB] by Sarah Ruhl
The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size [IB] by Julia Cameron (gave up after a couple chapters) {a few thoughts}
Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall {a few thoughts}
Dietland [IB] by Sarai Walker {a few thoughts}
The Butterfly’s Dream: Children’s Stories from China by Ippo Keido and Kazuko G. Stone
What Can You Do With a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla and Magaly Morales
Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla and Amy Córdova
Sweet [IB] by Emmy Laybourne {a few thoughts}
2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron
Between You and Me by Mary Norris (audiobook) {a few thoughts}
The Bulletproof Diet [IB] by Dave Asprey {a few thoughts}

A lot of those are short reads – picturebooks and easy readers – but I still think the year is off to a decent start, both in the sense that I’ve been reading lots of different stuff and in the satisfying numbers. I still have quite a backlog from the library and a lot of articles to write that go with those books, so I think my reading will get even better. My writing is getting better too, and I’m finally making it a real job, it seems, which is amazing.

I have a few thematic threads going now, partly because I keep coming up with articles to pitch before I’m done getting through them, but I know that I’m going to come back to how amazing Citizen was by going backwards a bit, doing Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, W.E.B. Dubois…. And I have a few more fantasy books that I already have from the library until I can put that to rest for awhile. Reading is feeling a lot less stressful lately, which is great. I assume that’s how other people feel about it most of the time.

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2 thoughts on “january reading in review

  1. Oh my gosh, how do you do it?? I’m pretty thrilled if I get through two books a month. So happy to see my book, The Regulars, made your list — hope you enjoy! Happy reading! xox

    • haha some months are better than others, but I also just try to take any chance I have to read a few pages, whether it’s waiting at the dentist or before a class starts and the like.

      Your book sounds great. I look forward to reading it!

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