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Talk Nerdy To Me: Jan’19 Wrap Up

Happy Weekend & Welcome to February! After dipping down to -32°F (-35°C) and up to +40°F (4°C) within the past two days, I’m ecstatic that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow yesterday!! 🌷 Bring on an early spring! 🌷 But first… I need to wrap up January! I’m really happy with how much I accomplished last month, even with a slow reading start during the first week of the year. (A little perspective: I read 1 book in Jan’18 for a YTY comparison, and 3 Short-a-thon books in Dec’18 for a MTM comparison.)


Reading Challenges


🌸 Devour Your TBR: January Jam Jar 🌸
Hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches


Hosted by Destiny @ Howling Libraries


🐉 Dragons & Tea Book Club 🐉
Co-Hosted by Melanie @ Mel to the Any and Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills


⚡️ Potterhead Readalong ⚡️
Hosted Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura


Short-a-thon (Catch-up) ⏱
Co-hosted by Destiny @ Howling Libraries and Kathy @ Books and Munches


There are half a dozen more challenges I’m considering committing to this year. However, I was a little overwhelmed in January because I basically ignored my TBR until the 11th hour. Therefore, I’m going to keep them in mind and gradually join as I’m ready! (There’s still 11 months left this year and some of the books from January would apply to those challenges I’m thinking of joining.)



9 Books Read in January

☀️ = ARC  //  🏅 = Top 12 Must-Read



⏱  Legacy Lost by Anna Banks ★★½


The Necromancer by Michael Scott ★★★½


⏱ The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan ★★★★


🏅 A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole ★★★½


☀️ Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole ★★★★★


A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn ★★★★


🌸⏰☀️ PLUS+: Style Inspiration for Everyone by Bethany Rutter ★★★★★


🌸⏰☀️ Everyday Yoga Meditation by Stephen Sturgess ★★★★


⚡️ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★



DNF in January



🌸⏰ A Slice of Magic by A.G. Mayes (Comments on GR)


🐉 The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (Comments on GR)



January Reading Stats!


A special shout-out to Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile for the idea to include pie charts in a monthly wrap up post!


On the Blog in January


I’m extremely excited to close my first official FULL month of book blogging!! Wow, this is fun, hard work! I can’t thank all of you in the bookish community enough for the warm welcome! 💕 I was only planning to post a couple times a month up to once a week, so I’m in complete shock by how much my blog has grown, and I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring!


Talk Nerdy to Me 2018 (a.k.a. My Year in Review)

Bookish 2019: Looking Forward

January Book Haul

Featured on New Bloggers Welcome on Avalinah’s Books


Reading Challenges

Short-a-thon Wrap Up

January Jam Jar / Late-a-thon TBR

Fantastic February TBR


Top 10 Tuesday

New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018

Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

Most Recent Additions to My TBR


WWW Wednesday





Tag Thursday

This or That Book Tag

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag


How was your bookish January? What was your favorite book of the month?


  • Meredith @ Books by the Water

    Love the idea of including stats in a monthly wrap up! Congrats on 9 books this month!! I’ve been slumping and had a lousy January in books 🙁 But my fave of the month was definitely The 5th Wave! Can’t believe I waited so long to read it!

    • Ashley

      Thanks Meredith! (Most of mine were short of you look closely 👀 hehe!) ohhh I haven’t read The 5th Wave yet nor seen the movie… are you planning to finish the series?!

      • Meredith @ Books by the Water

        Short books count too, no shame there haha 🙂 I actually saw the movie around when it came out but don’t remember any of it tbh. And yea, I did finish the series! The 5th Wave was amazing and unique and intriguing, but I think the other two (the last especially) fell flat in comparison. I would wholeheartedly recommend the first book, but I’d say continue on with caution haha

    • Ashley

      Oh fun fun! I recommend starting the series as Likotsi is introduced in the first book. I listened to the first book and loved the narrator! It can be read as a stand-alone if you choose and you do not need to read book 2 beforehand. I hope you enjoy if you pick it up!

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