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January 2018 wrap up (well, I’m late)

Hello fellow booknerds!

So I’m not really sure what happened to the month of February, but seeing as it ends tomorrow (!?!) I thought it would be about time to wrap up January. Yes, I am a whole month and some odd days behind on where I want to be, but on the nice part, that means that during March, you might just get more than one post. (I really am going to try to get better at updating, pinky promise)

So back to January….which was a definitely good reading month for me. But before I start getting into the pics of what I read and what I thought,I wanted to share how I’m doing on my bookish goals:

*2018 goals*

-Read 200 books this year (50 reread, 100 mine/new, 50 library): I read 31 books in January so I think this is one that I will have no problem accomplishing.

-Read 85,000 pages this year: This is a new goal that I decided to start in February because I am joining up with some of my friends that are tracking pages not just books. (I mean I’ll be the first to admit there is something about reading books that are huge but they don’t count for anything more then just one book…so yeah) I read 8,145 pages in January, so this is one that should be pretty good for me too.

-Read all of Charles Dickens works by 2019: This is something that was a slight goal of mine last year but I didn’t get to read all of them, so I’m giving myself one more year to get through them. I’ve read so far, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, the Pickwick Papers and a Christmas Carol. I’ve got Great Expectations warming up on my TBR shelf and will probably get the rest as I go on through the year.

-Read at least one non-fiction book per month: I actually read 3 non-fiction last month so again, a goal that should be easily filled by the end of the year.

-Read at least six books where the author is from outside of the US/is translated from a different language: I read 3 books in January where the author was from a different place, and one that was translated from French. This one takes a bit more to decode and I kinda like the mystery of finding out where an author is from.

So now, with that out of the way: To the books!!

In January I read 31 books, how I’m not exactly sure, I think witchcraft might be involved in some way. I also participated in the #24in48 readathon, which I completed with having read 14 hours and read 6 books I think? (I really can’t remember, it started blurring all together)

 

~Stats~

~The Great (4.25 stars and above)~

 

The majority of these were rereads this month. And honestly I’m ok with that. I would rather reread a fabulous story then get a meh book, which is happening with alarming regularity, and I’m not alright with that.

 

~The Pretty Good (3 to 4 stars)~

 

(Realizing that next month I’ll have to separate the 3 and 4 stars because there is a vast difference between “I really enjoyed this and it was something I would recommend” to “it’s ok and I finished it but there wasn’t much else there” But I’m not doing that tonight because…no…)

Also I’m noticing that my 3 stars are always right on the fence. There are 2 of the books up there that I could easily be talked into as a 2 but I decided to go with a 3. So, yet another reason for me to separate the 3 and 4 stars next month.

~The Meh (2-2.75 star rating)~

 

There are some on there that A LOT of people recommended me to read, stating that I would love them, and sadly…I didn’t. These books got the 2 star rating because they were boring. Or dull. Or too cliche. Or pointless. Or there was no plot. Or too much of one. Basically they weren’t written well enough to rate above a 2 but they weren’t the worst either at below. These books are just ones that aren’t worth it.

 

~The Hard Pass (Anything below a 2 star)~

 

Nope. These books failed me in so many ways.

-The sacred lies of Minnow Bly-This was a book about a girl caught in a cult, who ends up in jail. And I actually should have DNF’d this book because those are 2 things that I’m not into at all. It was graphic and disgusting and I want to really know if the person who designed the cover even read the book because Minnow HAS NO HANDS, and this is something that bugged me through the ENTIRE book when I would look at the cover.

-Brooding YA hero-this had SO MUCH potential. I was hoping that it would be snarky and sassy and hilarious. Instead what I got was…dull and excruciating boredom. Pages about shallow self-adsorbed jerks who I couldn’t care less about. The twitter feed is hilarious…but when you stretch those 280 characters into a full book, yeah the humor is pretty much non-existent.

-Fly on the wall- It’s a retelling of Metamorphosis about a girl who wishes she was a fly on the wall of the guys locker room. And it happens. (I don’t know why because it was never explained, ever). And this is one of the absolute WORST books I’ve read in the entire time that I have read YA. This girl not only becomes a fly but decides to basically become the worst type of voyeur ever. Like I’m talking she went on for almost 15 chapters about the differences between guys “gherkins” (I am not making that up, the author had EVERYONE calling the guys junk “gherkins” and the girls chests “muffins”; like seriously??) this book was disgusting and pointless.

 

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So that’s all the books I read this past month! How is your reading going this year so far? What books have you read that you loved? Hated? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great night and remember, life is too short to read mediocre books!

~Stephanie

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5 thoughts on “January 2018 wrap up (well, I’m late)

  1. barbarabrutt says:

    How do you keep track of pages read? I already struggle to keep track of my reading list, but this seems even more difficult.

    Have you read The School Story by Andrew Clements? I saw that you read another of his in January. I really enjoyed The School Story so I was curious about his other books.

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    • I actually do the Bookly app, which automatically counts the pages (sometimes it’s a bit off) but it keeps track of how long I read and how many pages. It helps quite a bit because I’m always curious about how many pages per books I read. 🙂
      I haven’t yet actually. I actually am a personal reader for my mom so she gives me all the books she’s going to be adding to her school library and I read them and make sure they are good for kiddos. I’ll have to check it out! I love his work! 🙂

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      • barbarabrutt says:

        Does Bookly only work with eBooks or does it work with paperbacks too? There are so many neat apps out there for booknerds! Love it.

        The School Story was recommended to me by a classroom of 4th graders. Super cute. I have a teacher friend, and he had his class write to me. They had just finished the book, and it’s about a girl who wants to get her book published. I share a few similarities with that girl (other than age) so the class wrote to me! And then, I HAD to read it.

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      • Bookly works with pretty much any book but audio (there’s not much of a way to show how long you listened lol) all you do (if you can’t scan the barcode) is just type in the name of the book in the app and search the web. It pulls up the book for you and then you can edit the number of pages and such (sometimes the ebooks have less or more pages in them) and then you just start reading. It’s been one of my all time favorite apps, and it helps me stay super focused on reading. 😊
        Oh that book sounds super cute!! I’ll have to get it from the library now! I love that your a school friend, that’s so cool!

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      • barbarabrutt says:

        Ooooooo that’s so neat. Thanks for giving me the summary of how it works. 🙂 I appreciate that and may have to check it out. My inner nerd would really love to have those page number bragging rights!

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