January was a bit of a mixed bag for me personally and in terms of books. On the personal side, my 9 1/2 Labrador was diagnosed with not one, but two different types of cancer. He had a melanoma in his mouth and a mast cell tumor on his side. He’s still a very happy, peppy boy and there was no sign of metastasis so we elected to have surgery and the melanoma vaccine in the hope that he will continue to live to a ripe old age. It’s meant lots of doctor visits and feeding him wet food on a spoon as he recovers (he had to have a portion of his jaw removed) but he’s totally down with that so he’s as happy as he ever was.
On the Blog
I’ve been trying to better manage my time to allow for more blog hopping, reading, and reviewing. Though I didn’t break any records in terms of reading or posting, I have managed to do a lot more blog hopping. I love blog hopping as it makes me feel more connected to the bookish community and it’s the best way to hear about awesome new and backlisted titles. Beginning in February, I will begin to share some of my favorite book reviews and discussion posts in my monthly wrap-up. I’ve found some great blogs to follow this month as a result of others posts love how sharing helps connects bloggers while giving props to their talents and hard work.
What I Read
In Order of Star Power (click titles to be taken to my review):
The Heart’s Invisible Furies – My new all-time favorite book. I can’t describe this book in one sentence.
The Wife Between Us – Bound to be one of the top psychological thrillers of 2018
Girl Unknown – A young woman shows up out of the blue claiming to be her married professor’s daughter.
Sharp Objects – A young journalist, newly released from a mental health facility, returns to her home town to investigate the murders of two young girls.
The Chalk Man – A group of young friends discovers a dismembered body. Years later, their past continues to haunt them.
Deborah Rising – A work of biblical/historical fiction describing the life and adventures of Deborah.
It Ends With Us – A young woman is torn between her new, seemingly perfect love (who turns out not to be so perfect) and a past love.
Every Exquisite Thing – Two teens who don’t fit in are drawn together by their shared love of a book.
For a month with thirty-one days, January seems to have flown by. I hope you’ve had a great month!