Compare Books With My January Reading & Blogging Round-UP

It’s the first reading roundup of the new, or rather, newish year.  It’s fifty percent less than an average month last year, even less than the average month in the past five years; since beginning this blog.

  1. JASON by Laurel K. Hamilton, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
  2. SPICE by Seressia Glass
  3. THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon
  4. THE JOB by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  5. HIS AT NIGHT by Sherry Thomas
  6. BACK TO BEFORE by Tracy Solheim
  7. UNDEAD AND UNWARY by Mary Janice Davidson


  8. A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon
  9. BOUND BY FLAMES by Jeaniene Frost

There are a couple of factors leading to the paucity of my list:

  1. Audiobooks, and within that variable, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I avoided audiobooks for years because I can read faster than the regular speed of audiobooks, and they are rather costly.  I started reading them this past year so I could get stuff done in my house and yard.  I particular In had to pull a bazillion nails out of our porch and it was easier to justify the time spent if I could only figure out a way to read at the same time.  My reaction to previous audio experiments was that it was really hard to listen to them because I couldn’t read at the same time.  But, mindless physical tasks make both the task and the listening a great experience.The two Outlander books in this list were over fifty hours each.  I don’t know how long a book takes to actually read but I know it is less than that.  Even shorter audio books take longer than the equivalent read.


  • My decision to make blogging less stressful and time consuming in order to open my life back up to, well, life, is also a big factor.  I was in a reading and blogging slump and had to break out.  Reading and blogging as a hobby is one thing.  As an obsession it was alienating me from my friends and family.
  • I read longer books this month — fewer novellas.  They made up a big part of my list in the past but I haven’t seen a lot of them recently.
  • I redid my blog which is very time consuming.  I like the new design a lot although I am still tweaking…..




CRRC Icon  I finished two of my goal of twenty-one plus for the Contemporary Romance Challenge.





LITERARY PICKERS BLOG ICON  I got seven items in the Literary Pickers Challenge. I am aiming for fifty plus items.




Cliche Klatch Icon  I am also hosting my first ever challenge: Cliche Klatch that starts on February  second.   I feel like this challenge will make me a more careful reader ad you can sign up anytime RIGHT HERE.  We all want to be more careful readers, right?




Something Completely Different
New Years Day: Strange Images & Bookish Resolutions Holidays are not big days for blog reading so I thought Vintage Postcards would be fun.
Favorite Audio Books from Last Year:  I saw a few people doing a hop around this idea.  I didn’t get in on it but it got me thinking about it.

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The Long and Short of It — Were We Shorter?

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Smile, Smile, Smile: Teeth in Historical Fiction

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It’s A Hairy History Thing





Fiction Related Op Ed
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I Need a Hero:  Is it looks, words, actions or deeds that makes a fictional hero?

Guest Posts

Hot Characters, Hot Spots in Washington DC from Guest Elizabeth SaFLeurLOVELY coverThis was one of my favorite guest posts and prompted me to plan a trip to Washington DC!



Movie Review
GIRL ON FILMS: A Sampling of Recent Reviews
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OUTLANDER Book Series Trivia January Edition


I had four Sunday Posts this month too!
January 4: Feeding the Obsession: The Sunday Post
January 11: Sunday 2, Year 32, Blog Change-Up ? Marked the second Sunday, my 32nd wedding anniversary and I redesigned my blog.
January 18: Sunday Post: Apropos of Nothing — It’s A Chelsea Morning
January 25: An Inward Looking Week: The Sunday Post

And, Saturdays are my Day-Off!

Thanks for visiting!

Question MarkHow do our book lists compare?