My Month in Books & Blogging: January 2018

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Last year, I didn’t really do monthly wrap-ups, but seeing as I track my reading religiously, I thought this year was a good time to start! I’m hoping to track not just my reading life, but also my blogging goals, for a little bit of accountability (note: I’ve not done well in January). Anywho, here goes!

My Blog in January

My goal for blogging this year was mainly consistency. I want to be more consistent in posting, but sometimes my job just wears me out & it’s so hard to get back on track!

Number of Posts: 6 posts this month (I’m aiming for about 2-3 per week–so I was close!)


Readathon/Reading Challenge Posts: 

No discussion posts this month–but I have some ideas swirling for next month!

Most Popular Post: Bout of Books 21 Update Post

My Books in January

Total Books Read: 28

Total Pages Read: 5,721


  • Comics (trades/novel length): 14 (50%)
  • Prose: 14 (50%)
  • Print: 21 (75%)
  • Digital: 3 (10.7%)
  • Audio: 4 (14.2%)


  • General Fiction: 2 (7.1%)
  • Mystery/Thriller: 2 (7.1%)
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 16 (57%)
  • Romance: 2 (7.1%)
  • General Nonfiction: 1 (3.6%)
  • Essays: 1 (3.6%)
  • Memoir/Biography: 3 (10.7%)


  • Female Authors: 15 (53.6%)
  • Non UK/US/Canadian authors: 3 (10.7%)
  • POC Authors/Artists: 13 (46.4%)
  • POC Main Character: 9 (32.1%)
  • Queer authors: 2 (7.1%)
  • Queer main character: 4 (14.3%)
  • #OwnVoices: 6 (21.4%)

My numbers are NEVER this high for one month. I think the abundance of comics I read & 2 readathons in 1 month helped out a lot! My diversity stats are still not quite where I want them to be, and this month I’m focusing my reading on reading black authors for Black History Month, so that’ll help diversify it some. However, I’ll also be reading some galleys & books I started in January that are not by black authors. I’m also working on reading books I already own this year–and in January, I didn’t do so well (reading only 3 books that weren’t galleys or library books).

Highest Rated Books in January: Saga Vol. 8, Days of Blood and Starlight, Hunger: A Memoir of My BodyLet’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, City of Brass

Meh Books in January: Apocalypticigirl

Reading Challenge Tasks Completed:

  • Read Harder 2018
    • Task 4: A comic written and illustrated by the same personScott Pilgrim Vol. 2 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
    • Task 8: A comic written or illustrated by a person of color: Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
    • Task 15: A one-sitting book: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
    • Task 18:  A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson & Brittney Williams
  • Read Bigger (A Book Riot Insiders challenge–I’m aiming for 5 books over 500 pages)
    • City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (533 pages)
  • Long-Term Challenges
    • A Crash Course in Black Science Fiction & Fantasy: Blake or the Huts of America by Martin R. Delany

February TBR

Note: I don’t usually set TBRs. I’m finding making a list of galleys is helping me keep up with those, though, and I do usually have a list of things in my mind to choose from…)


  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr
  • Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

Reading Blackout TBR (or books to choose from–yay mood reading!)

  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
  • An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  • The Lilith’s Brood Trilogy by Octavia Butler
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

I won’t read all of these–but the bonus is that they are all books I already own! Looking forward to this month’s reading? How did January go for you? Let me know in the comments!!


3 thoughts on “My Month in Books & Blogging: January 2018

  1. I think 6 posts in a month is great. Blogging sometimes has to take a backseat to life – also, sometimes you’re just tired and want to veg out with TV – or a good book! 🙂 Good job. Looking forward to your thoughts on your February books. Looks like you’ve got some great reads lined up.


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