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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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.


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


January Blog Posts:

The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite (“Vicarage” series)
The Winemaker’s Wife
Books About Books and The Reading List Review
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!

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~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. Carol, I love so many of your picks. LOVED Eleanor Oliphant, and Marilynne Robinson is one of my favorite authors.

    • January was good to me! ❤️ brave Eleanor ❤️ I’m determined to get through the Gilead collection this year. She’s a fabulous writer!

  2. 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.

  3. 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. ❤📚

  4. 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.

    • Thanks Adrienne! January has set the bar high for the year! Sounds like your January was great also! 🙌 I’ve read the 3 🌲🌲🌲 series! Enjoy!

  5. If you loved Eleanor, then I bet you would love Molly in The Maid that Anne Bogel mentioned. I loved both books.

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