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Monthly Wrap Up: January 2023

There's something satisfying about looking back at what you've accomplished. It can inform where to go next or a goal to add or change. It can push you to achieve more, or to change the balance in your life. For me, looking back at what I did on the blog inspires me to keep going. And looking back on what I read actually puts some perspective on my reading life. It serves as a checkmark, a period, an end and a new beginning to start a new month instead of having all the days and months just run into each other.

Here's what my Reading January looked like.

By the numbers:

I read 11 books

2 fantasy

6 mystery

1 memoir

1 general fiction

1 historical fiction


2 were ARCs

2 audio books

graphs from Storygraph

Books by their ratings:

Click link to go to review

Solito by Javier Zamora review pending

Sadly, none this month

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Ten Years Gone by Jonathan Dunsky

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Murder at Haven's Rock by Kelley Armstrong (ARC)

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, review pending

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer, review pending

Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda

The Devil You Know by P.J. Tracy

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin

My Favorite Read of January

Though not my highest rated book, my favorite read of the month was Murder at Haven's Rock by Kelley Armstrong. I just love those characters.

Click image to go the review.

Challenge Progress

Added to Goodreads in January

I added 67 books to my TBR, and read a total of 11 making a net addition to my list of 56. I've made peace with the fact that I'll never read them all, but I know just where to look when I wonder "what should I read next".

How did your reading life treat you in January? If you'd like to share your monthly wrap ups, link up with others at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the monthly round up. Nicole puts up a new linky at the end of each month.

Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.


For your convenience, I use #hashtags in the reviews and when you click on one, you'll find more books with that theme. Hopefully you'll find it a helpful way to navigate the site and find books you'll enjoy. I've also recently added tags that will show up at the end of each review that serve the same purpose.

The review ratings are based on a 5 star  (1/2 stars sometimes) system with a 3 being an average read for me. I hope you find that helpful. Knowing, of course, that all opinions are just that - my opinion!  Let me know if you agree or disagree - I'd love to hear from you.

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