- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (IL), adult fiction
- Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss (UK), middle-grade fiction
- Dept. Of Speculation by Jenny Offill (NY), adult fiction
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (France, Germany), adult fiction
- Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke, middle-grade graphic novel
- The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart (WA), middle-grade fiction
- 'Round Midnight by Laura McBride (NV), adult fiction - reviewed an outside publication
- The Whip by Karen Kondazian (RI, CA), adult fiction
Wow, 8 books in all! That's a lot for me in one month. It was an all-fiction month for me, with a mix of adult and middle-grade fiction, including one graphic novel. Not a single audiobook because the one I was listening to at the start of the month quit suddenly, and the second one I started went into February. I enjoyed all of these novels - most very much - but it's easy to pick a favorite. I LOVED Dark Matter, as did my husband - sooo compelling & original!
Progress on 2017 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges! I kicked off my Read Your Own Damn Books Challenge in a big way, with 6 TBR books! For the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, January was Diversity month - 'Round Midnight fit that bill, with plenty of diverse characters. No classics yet for the 2017 Back to the Classics Challenge. I slotted all 8 books into categories for my Well-Rounded Challenge. For my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, I kicked off the year with 2 international books, set in the UK and France/Germany. I added 5 states to my 2017 Literary Escapes Challenge.
Finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month! Here is my Bingo card for January, with 12 squares filled in - not very good for 8 books!
Books Read for each square:
Dark Matter - Rated 4 or more stars
The Honest Truth - pets, exercise, winter weather
Mighty Jack - Pictures in a book, free book, zombie/plague/mutations
Dept. of Speculation - blue cover
'Round Midnight - diversity
Friends for Life - shelf-love book (aka TBR)
All the Light We Cannot See - more than 400 pages
What was your favorite book read in January?