January 2019

January 2019

January Highlights

  • Successfully recovered from the Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon, running 145 miles for the month and a solid start to a new running year; I’m looking forward to my first race on Saturday!

  • My friend Sarah (of Sarah’s Book Shelves) launched her podcast, Sarah’s Bookshelves Live, and it has made all of my long runs this month the most fun run of the week; if you haven’t checked it out, you definitely need to subscribe right now!

  • Saw Justin Timberlake in the “Man of the Woods” Tour and, for those of you who are fans, it was all I’d expected it to be and more!

  • Watched the first two seasons of Ozark and, as a result, am now behind on all of my other shows (with the exception of The Bachelor, which has made its glorious return); verdict…worth it.

Physical Books

Watching You by Lisa Jewell (my review)

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks (my review)

Remember Us by Lindsay Blake and Layne James (my review)

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (my review)

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (review on Goodreads)

Golden Child by Claire Adam (my review)


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (my review)

Feminasty by Erin Gibson (review on Goodreads)

The Girls at 17 Swann Street - review to come next week!


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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou (review on Goodreads)

Diverse Spines

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An Instagram friend, Jamise (@spinesvines), hosts the @diversespines account and selects books for each month of the year to help readers add diversity to their TBR (to be read) lists; for the month of January 2019, the selection was Well-Read Black Girl by Gloria Edim. This is an absolutely stunning, thought-provoking anthology and I highly recommend it! I’m looking forward to a reread of The Color Purple during the month of February.

My Unread Bookshelf

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Thanks to Whitney of @theunreadshelf, I’m participating in #theunreadshelfproject2019 in an effort to clear out some of the books I own and have not yet read; I was feeling pretty smug and self-righteous about the low number of unread books I own…until I added in the Kindle and audiobook titles I’ve neglected. Whoops!

The challenge Whitney created for the month of January is to read one book from our unread shelves; I chose The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand and it was so much more than I’d expected. I’m so glad I made time for this one!

I’ll be posting an update on my progress every month this year so, here goes:

Starting unread number (as of January 1): 47
Number of books read: 8
Number of books unhauled: 0
Number of books acquired: 2
Total unread books: 39

Looking Ahead

I am excited to read a new release from Sophie Kinsella, one of my favorite authors for fun, laugh-out-loud reading; her new title, I Owe You One, will be available on February 5.

Another February release I’ve been highly-anticipating is The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, a debut by author Anissa Gray; this one will be out on February 19.

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

Golden Child by Claire Adam

Golden Child by Claire Adam