January 2020 Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Today I’m here to talk about all the books I read in January. January was a long month, but I can’t believe it’s already time for the first wrap up of 2020. Because I didn’t review any books on here in January, I included a few sentences about each of the books I read instead of just listing them. I hope you enjoy!


January was a good reading month despite my two week reading slump. I started the year strong and finished 8 books by January 16th. At the rate I was reading, I thought I was going to read at least 15 books. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way because You by Caroline Kepnes was boring and it made me lose interest in everything I picked up after I DNFed it. Because of that I only managed to read 9 books in January.

I read 1,272 pages across 4 physical books and listened to 48:43:55 hours of audiobooks (equalling 1,571 pages). So, in total I read 2,975 pages in January (including 132 pages I read before I DNFed You).

As for rating, that’s not something I’m focusing on this year so I don’t have an average rating. However, one of my goals this year is to read more adult. All the books I read this month were adult. No YA. I hope this trend continues.

I didn’t buy any books this month so I’m pretty proud of myself on that front.


The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – This is the first book I read this year and I absolutely loved it! The story was witty, well written, and the characters were great. Wish there had been more book club discussions though. I need more.

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West – Super engaging and well written. The footnotes and some of the tangents in the parenthesis were distracting, but one of the most personal and best written essay collection about fatphobia, internet culture, and misogyny.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins – I read an ARC of this and chose not to rate it on Goodreads because I strongly believe this should’ve been own voices. I thought it was own voices when I downloaded the ARC. Please read reviews and critiques of this book by Latinx reviewers/writers. Recommend starting with this review.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire – Interesting premise and enjoyable. Wish it was a little longer.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – Underwhelming and predictable.

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado – Poignant and eloquent, but not a fan of the story’s structure. Didn’t feel engaged until towards the end. I understand why the author made the stylistic choice, but it didn’t work for me. Really wanted to love it and I might’ve as a cohesive narrative. Hopefully, I’ll love CMM’s other work.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center – Great setting, but struggled a little bit with the first half. forgiveness is a major theme in here, but the writing didn’t really give the characters a chance to unpack their trauma. Mini review is up on Goodreads.

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West – My second Lindy West book this year. There were a few essays in the beginning of this one that I wasn’t interested in; however, I still found the collection to be engaging and easy to digest. I think Shrill is better though.

You by Caroline Kepnes – DNF at 132 pages. This book is creepy and Joe is creepy, which I know is the point, but this was kind of boring. Joe is pretentious, insecure and I got tired of the second person writing style. There’s only so many “you” statements one person can take. This put me in a two week slump.

A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole – The ending was a bit rushed, but this was so much fun and hot. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.


In cased you missed it, here are some blog posts I published in January. Hope you’ll check them out if you haven’t read them already.

My Goals for 2020

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had fun bringing in the new year. Today, I’m here to talk about my 2020 goals. I kept my goals this year short, low pressure, and manageable. Reading Goals 1. No Goodreads challenge or readathons – 2020 is the year I live my best mood reading life. That…

How was your January? Thanks so much for reading!

10 thoughts on “January 2020 Wrap Up

  1. Looks like you had a good month, Merline ❤️
    There’s been so much buzz around The Bromance Book Club and I’m super curious to read it, it sounds really good and cute so definitely looking forward to reading that one. I’m sad to see you found The Wife Between Us predictable, I was looking forward to reading it, but I hate predictable thrillers!

    I also recently read You and I definitely prefer the series over the book. Hope you have a good February xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much for reading, Michelle! The Bromance Book Club is a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it!

      I might check out the tv series for You. The book didn’t work for me, but maybe the show is better.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s