Monthly Recap

January Recap

What do you do to get yourself out of a reading slump? Do you ever have times that you can’t tell if you’re in a slump, or you’re just not reading great books?

This month started off rough for me. Starting 2020 with a funeral, and being thrown right into the new semester before I was ready. The books I was reading I felt like I was forcing myself through them, and while I could see parts I would love, I never became invested.

Throughout the month, I only read two novels, and it wasn’t until the last two days where I read anything else. The last two being a poetry book and a picture book; the first as something lighter to take a break from novels, then the second was a picture book I received from my trip to Penguin’s OLA Book Bash. I’ll be giving away this picture book to a kid, so I didn’t include it in my haul list since it’s only temporarily mine.

Books read:

1) Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
2) Dark and Deepest Red by Anna Marie-McLemore (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
3) After Birth by Elizabeth Ross (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
4) Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

As for the book haul this month, it’s a big one. Before going to OLA Super Conference, for some reason I didn’t think of it as an event I’d be coming home from with lots of books. I knew BookCon and other literary events give out many, but I was mentally associating this just with library networking and professional development with the sessions. Then I realized how big the expo portion of it is, and how many major publishes are getting their books into librarians’ hands.

Makes total sense.

So yeah, I came home with 15 books, plus two picture books (not listed, as I’m soon to be giving away to someone who’ll love them). With this arcs, I managed to snag my most anticipated of the year: Burn Our Bodies Down!! So, I’m hoping this influx of new books will spark my enjoyment in reading again, because I’m certainly excited to dive into many of these.

Books acquired:

1) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
2) Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
3) Followers by Megan Angelo
4) The Betrothed by Kiera Cass (ARC)
5) We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra (signed)
6) The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (ARC)
7) When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (ARC)
8) Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Wen (ARC)
9) Fight Like a Girl by Sheena Kamal (signed)
10) How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian (ARC)
11) Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (ARC)
12) He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman (Signed ARC)
13) The Assignment by Liza Wiemer (ARC)
14) Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham (ARC)
15) Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini (ARC)
16) Music From Another World by Robin Talley (ARC)
17) The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne (ARC)

How many books did you get this month? Which are you most excited for?

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