Erin’s January Reading Wrap Up

Y’all. It is already February and I CAN’T HANDLE IT. I mean, I can totally handle it and warmer weather is on the way, but it is a little nutty that we’re already a month into this year. And while this year hasn’t been the best already because of He Who Will Not Be Named, give in to a little distraction and check out my January reading wrap up.

Finished in January:
Pull Me Under // Kelly Luce
–Rating: 4/5 stars
Don’t You Cry // Mary Kubica
–Rating: 3/5 stars
The Wonder // Emma Donoghue
-Rating: 4/5 stars
Olive Kitteridge // Elizabeth Strout
-Rating: 4/5 stars
Lucky You // Erika Carter
-Rating: 5/5 stars
Charlotte, Wander On // Matt Cubberly
-Rating: 3/5 stars
The House on Mango Street // Sandra Cisneros
-Rating: 4/5 stars
The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6) // Tana French
-Rating: 4/5 stars
Problems // Jade Sharma
-Rating: 2/5 stars
The Princess Bride // William Goldman
-Rating: 3/5 stars
The Wangs vs. the World // Jade Chang
-Rating: 4/5 stars

Currently Reading:
The White City // Karolina Ramqvist
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu // Joshua Hammer

2017 Goodreads Challenge:

2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:
I am doing really well on this so far! I’ve got 4 tasks completed:

  1. Read a debut novel (Lucky You by Erika Carter)
  2. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location (Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica)
  3. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country (The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros)
  4. Read a collection of stories by a woman (Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout)

I am hoping to do better this year in regularly completing tasks…hopefully not 2016 repeats and end of year scrambling!

Book of the Month Club Pick: January 2017
I just about died with this month’s picks…I want ALL OF THEM. Thankfully, I got The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker in my Quarterly Literary box but that still means I have to narrow my pick down. I think I’m going to pick Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson (I literally cannot pass on anything involving communes) and I’ll be splurging to also get The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy.

Erin & Kirsten’s Year of Pulitzers, 2017:
Last month we read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. We both agreed that while it was an enjoyable read, it was a bit underwhelming for a Pulitzer prize. Our February book is The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau, which won the 1965 prize.

January was a strong start to this year – I read 12 books, completed 4 Read Harder tasks, and am ready to take on February. This will be a lighter reading month, not only because its shorter but also because I have a major work event at the end of the month, but I am hoping to knock out at least 5 or 6 books.

As always, I am a diligent Goodreads user so you can read detailed reviews of all the books I read at If you have any thoughts about any of the books I’ve read this month leave a comment or tweet me @GameandRead.

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Until next time, happy reading!


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