Welcome to another monthly wrap-up and TBR post!
January has been a slow-ish reading month for me, but I did manage to get 15 reviews up, so still not terrible. I’m hoping I can pick up the pace a little bit in February to make my ridiculous GoodReads goal more easily attainable!
Let’s look back at January. All hyperlinks in book titles will lead to my reviews!
Books I reviewed in January…
- Killing Adam, by Earik Beann
- Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, by Rebecca Traister
- Elevation, by Stephen King
- The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
- The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict
- The Au Pair, by Emma Rous
- American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
- The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
- Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver
- An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
- Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie
- Severance, by Ling Ma
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris
- The Stranger Inside, by Laura Benedict
- The Lost Man, by Jane Harper
The standout book of this month was The Lost Man, by Jane Harper! I read this novel as an ARC and it will be available for purchase February 5th, 2019! This is Jane Harper’s third novel and I’ve enjoyed all three so far. This one is a slow burn mystery that may take a bit to grab you, but trust me when I say the story is well worth it!
And now on to February…
I’m bad at sticking to TBRs, but my main priority this month is to try to get through most if not all of the NetGalley ARCs I currently have. As you can see… that might be a challenge if I’m going to fit in the other reading I like to do (new releases, book club selections, etc.).
I also have a hard copy of The Night Tiger on its way to me in the mail right now, courtesy of BookSparks for their Winter Reading Challenge. This cover is absolutely gorgeous and I’m hoping the story is as well! Here’s the synopsis:
A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.
When 11-year-old Ren’s master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace.
Ji Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in 1930s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is a more suitable occupation. Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother’s Mahjong debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir: a severed finger. Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful owner.
As the 49 days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren’s lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined. Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love. Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading! What was your favorite book that you read in January? Is there anything you’re most looking forward to reading in February? Share in the comments!