What I Read in January

If you missed the announcement I made last month, I’m setting out to read 100 books this year.

You heard me.

Before I made up in my mind I was going to go for the goal, I knew in order to stay on track I’d need to read at least 8.5 books a month… or somewhere in that ball park. I honestly thought it was going to be hard, but I succeeded in meeting my goal last month.

I read a total of 10 books last month, which put me ahead of the curve a bit. Of the 10, I listened to 3. While I mentioned that I would be including audio books in my goal, I have since decided I don’t want to do that.

I have nothing against audio books… not one thing. I just don’t like them. I’d rather listen to music. My attention span doesn’t like nice things, like books being read to me.

Here are the books I read in January:

  • “Kindred” by Octavia Butler
  • “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” by Patti Callahan (book club read) (audio)
  • “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • “Hurricanes: A Memoir” by Rick Ross (audio)
  • “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • “Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim
  • “Far From the Tree” by Robin Benway (audio)
  • “Caucasia” by Danzy Senna
  • “Heavy” by Kiese Laymon

As much as I would love to give you all an in-depth review of every book, I don’t have time. I write them as I go on GoodReads, so head over there and give me a follow if you would like my honest opinions on the books that I will read this year.

I will say HANDS DOWN my favorite book for the month was “The Warmth of Other Suns” (affiliate link) it was a story about the great migration of black individuals and families from the south to the north. I absolutely loved this book, and will be purchasing it for my own collection. My least favorite was a tie between Heavy and Americanah.

I’ll be back in a few days with my February wrap-up. If you ever want to chat with me about books, my Instagram DMs are always open!

What are you reading?

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