I had a great reading month.  I read 16 books.  Vacation helps.

They were set in:

  • Outer Space
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Libya
  • Denmark
  • California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey
  • England
  • Tenerife
  • Italy
  • Kenya

Six were nonfiction. One was on audio but I am in the middle of 2 audiobooks now.

I noticed about two weeks in that although I was reading about characters from all over, the authors of the books were all white.  I looked ahead to what I was going to be reading next and realized that those books had all white authors too.  I shuffled around my mental TBR order and moved up some books by POC authors.  The books I picked though are fairly heavy so I’m moving through them slowly.  I only managed to finish one book by a POC author this month.  That was The Stars Change by Mary Anne Monhanraj.  With several books on the go now hopefully February’s finishes will not be so overwhelmingly white.

I’ve decided to focus on POC authors and books in translation on February. I was going to make it a reading challenge for myself but changed my mind. I have the mood reader problem of not being able to stick to a strict reading plan. As soon as I make one something shiny comes along and throws a wrench in the plans.

I actually went to the library. I’ve been reading ebooks from the library and requesting books to pick up at the counter of a branch library so much that I can’t even remember the last time I went to the main library just to browse.

I added these books to my TBR while I was there. I just love using the Goodreads app scanner to add books. It makes me feel cool.

The Werewolf of BambergThe Werewolf of Bamberg by Oliver Pötzsch

This is a translation of a German book about a family of executioners who are trying to solve a crime that people think is the work of a werewolf. Historical fiction about werewolves? I’m in.




The Pirate's DaughterThe Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson

This is historical fiction based around the time Errol Flynn spent in Jamaica at the end of his life.


7 Replies to “January 2016 Wrap Up”

  1. I just got Thug Kitchen from my public library this week. Really looking forward to it. I did pick it for the Foodies Read challenge. Best, and keep on blogging.

  2. That’s why I don’t really do challenges. I do like your little bar graphs on the side of the blog though!

    I appreciate your thoughtfulness in noting whose voices you are reading. I am trying to track that this year also, so I can be more deliberate in my choices.

  3. I get what you mean about being a mood reader & it throwing a wrench in your reading plans. I’m supposed to be concentrating on a couple of specific books right now, but just picked up a brick of a fantasy book and am already 4 chapters in, more than I read in the 2 planned books combined. But sometimes you just have to be a reading rebel, haha.

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