I started off 2017 with a bang! I enjoyed some really great reads and made pretty good progress with keeping my 2017 Reading Goals. More on that in a minute. Here’s a list of books reviewed on this blog in January. A few of these were read before January.
- [2 Jan] Down Shift (Driven #8) by K. Bromberg ★★★★
- [5 Jan] Frenched by Melanie Harlow ★★★★
- [6 Jan] Real Good Man (Real Duet #1) by Meghan March ★★★½
- [7 Jan] Full Package by Lauren Blakely ★★★★★
- [8 Jan] Royally Screwed by Emma Chase ★★★★
- [9 Jan] Separation Games by CD Reiss ★★★★
- [12 Jan] Grounded (Up in the Air, #3) by R.K. Lilley ★★★½
- [13 Jan] Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1) by Leisa Rayven ★½
- [16 Jan] Franco (Bright Side, #3) by Kim Holden ★★★★½
- [17 Jan] Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance (Knitting in the City, #1.5) by Penny Reid ★★★★★
- [19 Jan] Virtuous by M.S. Force ★★★
- [20 Jan] Real Good Love (Real Duet, #2) by Meghan March ★★★★
- [21 Jan] Wrong by Jana Aston ★★★★
- [21 Jan] Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid ★★★½
- [23 Jan] Good Boy by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy ★★★★½
- [25 Jan] American Queen by Sierra Simone ★★★★★
- [26 Jan] One with You by Sylvia Day ★★★★½
I know some of you are wondering how I’m doing with my 2017 Reading Goals, so I thought I’d do a little check-in.
- DNF without guilt.
Check! Check! I DNF’d one book last month: an ARC of Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino. An ARC and a DNF is unheard of for me. I think I should get a double check for this one. I just wasn’t feeling it. I still love Renee though. My policy is I don’t rate books that I don’t finish, and reviews won’t appear on the blog. If I have any brief thoughts to share, I post them on Goodreads.
- Have more variety.
Okay, so I need to work on this one. I didn’t read any mysteries, Young Adult, or romantic suspense. There’s always February!
- Give new authors a chance.
Check! Sierra Simone is a new-to-me author. I read American Queen and loved it hard. I can’t wait to read American Prince.
- Go on an ARC diet.
Sort of. I generally read more than six ARCs a month—most of which are through a PR company and not the author or publisher. That means tougher deadlines and more work. I read six ARCs in January, two of which were a duet, and one of which was through the author. In fairness, though, I signed up for all of these back in 2016 before I set my goals so you should cut me some slack. I did manage to fit in a lot of pleasure reads!
- Meet or exceed my Goodreads Reading Challenge.
Looking good. As of today, I’ve read 14 books this year. That’s six books ahead of schedule. Some of the reviews have not been posted on the blog yet.
How are you doing with your goals?