January 2022 Reading Wrap Up

January 31, 2022

January 2022 Reading Wrap Up

January 2022 Reading Wrap Up

How was your January reading?

My January reading started 2022 off with a bang!
Out of 9 books completed, I had seven (!) 4.5-5-star reads, one 4-star read, and one 3-star read. Sadly, I’m adding one DNF to the monthly stats.

The most compelling fiction read of the month is Black Cake (although all my 4.5-5 star reads were memorable).


Did we read any of the same books?

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ARC=Advanced Readers Copy (complimentary copy for review before pub date)


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

5 Stars. (Reread) Contemporary Fiction. My review of Eleanor.
(I loved it just as much the second time!)


Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a multicolored background of various graphic shapes

4.5-5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction, Compelling Family Drama, Siblings. My review of Black Cake here.


Arborview by Karen Guzman

Arborview by Karen Guzman (cover) Image: white text over a background of trees in the foreground and a green field in the background

4.5-5 Stars. (complimentary copy) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Loved it! My review of Arborview here.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet by Susan Cain (Cover: red lettering on a soft blue background)

4.5-5 Stars. Nonfiction. I feel seen! Review coming soon!


Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (cover) Black text on a yellow background....a young African American boy is running off the page

5 Stars. (reread) Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction, Diverse Read. (review coming in March)


Home by Marilynne Robinson

Home by Marilynne Robinson (cover) Image: a graphic pictures of greenery, a small section of brown fence, and the sun in a cloudy sky

4.5 Stars. #2 in the Gilead collection. Historical Literary Fiction, Family Drama.
(although well written and poignant, I enjoyed Gilead a bit more) Review coming soon.


The Last Grand Duchess by Bryn Turnbull

The Last Grand Duchess by Bryn Turnbull (cover) Image: red text set against the white sleeve of a woman's fancy gown

5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. The Romanovs. Russia. Review coming 2/7.


A Spring Surprise for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

A Spring Surprise For the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett (cover) Image: a young woman with a blue baby carriage stands on a grassy bluff overlooking a coastal village

4 Stars. #4 in a Series. Contemporary Fiction, England. (not reviewed)


A Good Measure by Nan Rossiter

A Good Measure by Nan Rossiter (cover) Image: white text over a background picture of a rustic country barn against a darkening sky

3 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Reviewcoming 4/12/2022.


DNF: Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Before We Visit the Godess by Chitra Vanerjee Divakaruni (cover) Image: against a blue background, a hand releases red flower petals between the gold text

2 Stars. (DNF 68%) Lost interest but others have loved it.



QOTD:

What was your favorite January read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?



ICYMI:

January Blog Posts:

The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite (“Vicarage” series)
The Winemaker’s Wife
Books About Books and The Reading List Review
Arborview
Top 5 Books That Changed My Reading Life
The Printed Letter Bookshop
Best of the Best: 2015-2021
Big Lies in a Small Town
Top 5 Most Anticipated Reads Q1 2022
A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow
Lovely War
Top 5 Bookish Resolutions
#6Degrees of Separation: Rules of Civility to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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28 thoughts on “January 2022 Reading Wrap Up

  1. You had a lot of books that you enjoyed this month, Carol. I love seeing those ratings. I was invited to read Black Cake and did not accept, now I wish I had. I will have to see if my library has it.

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  2. My favourite January read was The Killing Kind by Jane Casey.
    I haven’t read any of your books and none are on my read for review list, but I really do want to read Elinor Oliphant one day . . . Happy reading Carol. ❤📚

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  3. You’ve read a variety of genres over January. I’m happy that most of them were 4-5 star reads.

    I had a really brilliant month reading 7 books and listening to 11 audiobooks. I watched no TV and used my podcast time for audiobooks. My reads ticked four of my reading goals for the year. It doesn’t get better than that!

    Highlights include A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny, the second in the Three Pines series. Now that characters have been developed, I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. I also read Guncle by Steven Rowley. A unique and refreshing read.

    There were two standout audiobooks. I loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Lin-Manuel Miranda did an excellent job with the narration. The other was What Unites Us by Dan Rather. This is the sort of book where you want to read a chapter a day and reflect on his thoughts. Dan Rather narrated the audiobook, and it took me back to the days when I watched him on the evening news. I borrowed both from Hoopla, my new favorite site.

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