January : My Month in Review + book covers

Posted On 3 February 2019

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Well, January flew by at breakneck speed for me and I hope February puts the brakes on a little.  I can’t even think where I’ve been or what I’ve done, it all feels very hazy almost as though I wasn’t taking part!  Birthdays, lots of seeing friends, a short trip away visiting in-laws and a few books.  So, I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped this month with seven in total but I’ve had some amazing reads that I loved and what’s really surprising is I’ve reviewed them all.  I’ve been catching up with some other reviews too and I read the first of nine SPFBO finalists.  My weekly wrap ups hit the dust this month but I’ll hopefully resume them during February – I find they help keep me on track.  So, here’s my month in review (I usually post my month in covers separately but I’ve added them here as I’m a couple of days later than normal):

Books read:  this month = 7

  1. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  2. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  3. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  4. The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
  5. The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
  6. Murder Theory by Andrew Mayne
  7. Out of Nowhere by Patrick LeClerc

What’ve you been reading??

Backlist books


Unfinished series completed:


Books Bought: 

None – that’s a surprise!

Review Books

  1. The Furies by Katie Lowe
  2. Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
  3. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  4. The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
  5. Murder Theory by Andrew Mayne
  6. The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

Cover compare:

I like the first cover the best of these two – I like the starkness of the second cover but prefer the colours of the first – although I’m not fond of the gold medal!

White is your favourite?

Hope you’ve all had a good month.

17 Responses to “January : My Month in Review + book covers”

  1. Tammy

    I also read fewer books than normal in January, but I blame The Gutter Prayer since it too so long to read (but totally worth it!) Its a toss up for me with The Whisper Man covers, I’m almost leaning towards the second cover, I think.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes it did take me a lot longer than usual to read and yet I really enjoyed it in spite of that.
      Lynn 😀

  2. bostonbookreader

    Great job this month! Happy reading in February!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – of course February is a shorter month – look at me, giving my excuses up in advance.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    Hm. I think 13 books in one month is very respectable! My favourite covers – for completely different reasons – are Murder Theory and The Winter of the Witch. You had a great reading month, even if you didn’t feel you achieved quite enough with a lot of quality reads in there.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I wish I’d read 13 books – although I would never have kept up with that many reviews. Nope, just the seven this month – too busy gadding about. But, I’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing reads this month and I’ve reviewed all seven books – I’ve still got some of the SPFBO review books waiting to be reviewed but I think I’m only 5 behind now so feeling good in that respect.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Jen | Book Den

    I’m really excited to get to The Wolf in the Whale and The Gutter Prayer.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed both. The Wolf in the Whale was really good. The Gutter Prayer has some fantastic world building, feels a little slow for some reason but still a great read. Hope you love them.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    The Gutter Prayer, Winter of the Witch, The Wolf in the Whale…looks like your January was filled with great reads! And Murder Theory, but I still won’t experience that for myself for a few more days! I’ll start it right after I finish my current read!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I did have some excellent books this month – hope February is as good. Currently reading Ruin of Kings – what you onto?
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Well done Lynn for reviewing all the books you read in January – I have made good progress catching up with my back log of reviews too. I am also looking forward to a slower, quieter February. Happy February reading! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I still have some reviews to catch up with from 2018 but I’m trying to write my reviews as soon as I finish the book. We’ll see how that pans out.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    Seven is still quite a few! Sounds like a very busy month, Lynn. Hope you have a wonderful February!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was a busy month – maybe February will be a little quieter – although it’s a shorter month so we’ll see.
      Lynn 😀

  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    Good job with your 7 books! Even if it was a slow month that is still Impressive, especially because you reviewed them all! 😀 And I agree I like the yellow butterfly cover best

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I have this intention to review my books immediately – it’s what I used to do and prefer to review that way. We’ll see.
      Lynn 😀

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