January Wrap-Up & February TBR

You know, as old as I am I still fail to spell February correctly. Fact.

So, January has been a prolific reading month for me – 10 books! I’m impressed with even myself. I probably would have managed my initial TBR easily but having the Underhyped Readathon in the middle of the month really challenged me and pushed me that bit further and I’m grateful for it! It’s definitely made me want to read more each month over this year & while my goodreads goal is still at 75 books, I’m tempted to up it to 100.

2015-01-31 21.36.09Some stats for the month. My average rating this month was 3.6/5 – I read a lot of books I liked a lot but none that just hit me in the right place to boost to 5*. A 3 or 4* rating is pretty normal for me – I don’t often read anything less than 3 because I generally only pick up books I have a pretty good feeling that I’m going to enjoy anyway and I rarely persevere with a book long enough to rate if it’s poor, truthfully if it’s bad I generally leave it as ‘unread’! Though in this month, and in reading A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing I have actually changed one of my ratings from a 4 to a 2 because in hindsight I didn’t enjoy it and it’s left a bad taste in my mouth! I did say it would likely change. I’ve read a lot across genre too, but my diversity has been a little slack. 4/10 books were by women – this is unusual for me as I’m usually quite bias towards female authors. Only 1 was by a person of colour and only 3 were by non-British authors. Truthfully, that is quite diverse for me as a reader BUT at present I do feel a little pressure to do more to diversify my reading and that sort of sucks. The page count was 3717 this month which I’m really happy with! So, overall January looked pretty good and has left me optimistic. My favourite book was probably The Loving Spirit though it’s close to The Girl with All the Gifts. My least favourite, while still good, was probably A Girl is a Half Formed Thing – but it was still a 3* just because it made me think!

2015-01-31 22.44.35So on to February. The reading challenge I’m part of has 4 categories that begin in this month; a book written by an author under 30, a book with non-human characters, a funny book and a book by a female author. I also want to throw in a couple of other books to just expand my reading a little more so my February TBR looks something like the picture on the left!

An author under 30 is I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne du Maurier. This was published when she was 23 or 24 and while there were a number of other books I’d like to read, I want to work through her bibliography in it’s entirety this year, in chronological order so this works! Non-Human Characters is pretty obviously Moby Dick by Herman Melville, it’s a new addition to my shelf but I can’t wait to read it. Funny is the first in the Blandings series by PG Wodehouse – Something Fresh and finally a female author I’ve gone for The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. The two books I’ve decided to read for the sake of it are Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation and Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Both of those work for diversifying my reading too, but the main priority with them is they’ve been staring me down since October and I really want to read them both soon!

So, that’s January in a nut shell and my plans for February. I’d like to hear if you’ve read any of these books and your opinions on them and I’d generally just like to hear what you’re reading this month! Expect reviews for each of them over the course of the month & I hope to hear your thoughts too!