Monday, January 28, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Monday again. And the last Monday of the month. January is almost outta here. January is one of those problematic months for me: I love the energy of fresh starts and new things happening, but don't particularly relish all that goal-setting and resolution-making. And, of course (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere which I do) — it's much too COLD!!

But we've been having some pretty good January weather in these parts — nothing bad enough to make my seasonal depression kick in. Which means that instead of sitting around wrapped in a blanket, cursing the weather gods, I've actually been able to get some reading done. So far this year, I've finished three (count 'em — three!) books:

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1st book in the series), by M.C. Beaton
Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
The Janus Stone (2nd book in the Ruth Galloway series), by Elly Griffiths

I'll be posting reviews of Educated and The Janus Stone later this week. Also hoping to get another book or two read before the end of the month. I've got several advance copies leftover from last year that I really need to get finished and reviewed before we get too much farther into 2019. Mainly...

The Last Romantics, by Tara Conklin (coming in February, from William Morrow)
Old Baggage, by Lissa Evans (the US paperback edition of this is due out in April)
The Water Tower Club, by B.K. Mayo (published this month, by Fir Valley Press)

And that's definitely enough to keep me busy this week. Not much else going on right now (well, just some dental work scheduled for Thursday that I'm really looking forward to). So, it looks like my January will have been a bookish success. Nice.

How's your reading year going so far?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. If you want to let the world know what you're going to be reading this week, head on over to her blog and leave your link. It's also a great way to discover new books and new blogs.


  1. It's going to get colder, too..I hope you're out of the line of fire where this polar vortex is concerned. We in Alabama will get a little snow, though probably not as far south as I am.

    My reading is off to a good start this year...thirteen books done, including two classics. I'm currently reading "The Case Against Sugar".

    1. Stephen -- Wow, thirteen books is great! I'd need at least a few months to read than many.

      Here in Central Texas we're supposed to get some very low temperatures, but no snow is predicted, thank goodness. Just hearing the term "polar vortex" makes me start to shiver. Stay safe -- and warm.

  2. Oh that picture at the top is adorable, I love it. I am sitting here with all the windows open because I am in the southern hemisphere!! Educated is a book I have been noticing a lot and am hoping to read or listen to it at some point.

    1. Hi, Kathryn! Thanks, I love it too -- Kate Greenaway's illustrations were always so cute.

      I enjoyed Educated, but found it really disturbing too. Definitely worth reading, though.

      Enjoy your nice weather! I'm so envious.

  3. I’m glad your weather has been good. I’ll have to look for your review of Educated. I’m on a waitlist for that one. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Hi, AJ -- Yes, we've been lucky lately -- it's been cold but sunny. Not too much rain and NO snow.

      Hope you enjoy Educated. A good read, but some of it is very intense.

  4. It has been chilly but the rain is coming back. That will keep things a little warmer. My weekly updates


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