Great Start to My Year of Reading

January, I’m glad you’re gone! You rained, you snowed, you chilled, you spread your gloom over the landscape and tried to make me glum thinking about holiday bill-paying…. but instead, I hunkered down and read! I read at a faster clip than I did last year, approximately 3 a week (though who’s keeping score) and I actually enjoyed most of my books very much. Just good luck, or did I make a concerted effort to choose wisely? I put a few books aside but I don’t like to talk about my DNF’s because sometimes I pick them back up later and then I enjoy them. {I would share my total with the GR Reading Challenge widget, but free-WP only allows me to put one GR widget on my blog and I use it for the Books Read Shelf, oh well.}


Books I read, not in exact order:

  1. Year One (#1)– Nora Roberts
  2. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward– Mark Lukach
  3. The Promise Between Us– Barbara Claypole White
  4. The Honeymoon– Tina Seskis
  5. Small Great Things– Jodi Picoult
  6. An Ember in the Ashes (#1)– Sabaa Tahir
  7. Killman Creek (#2)– Rachel Caine
  8. The Vanishing Season– Joanna Schaffhausen
  9. The Wolves of Winter– Tyrell Johnson
  10. The Woman in the Window– A.J. Finn
  11. A Map of the Dark (#1)– Karen Ellis
  12. The Voice Inside (#2)– Brian Freeman


Started Reading/Still Reading:

  • Miller’s Valley– Anna Quindlen
  • Graceling– Kristin Cashore


My reads, loosely classified into genres:

  • fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi/paranormal: 3
  • suspense/thriller/mystery: 6
  • memoir: 1
  • contemporary fiction: 2

Favorite Reads:

  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • The Voice Inside



Final Comments: It seems that I did choose dark, disturbing, melancholy books for the most part, so I would have to say I’m on target when I describe myself as a mood reader.

Some bloggers were discussing this recently: are you a seasonal reader? Sorry– can’t recall where I saw this– if you started the discussion, let me know and I’ll give credit. Many said they were a seasonal reader and chose darker or more intense books in in winter (except during winter holiday season) and lighter, “beach reads” in summer.

Here’s to February– read on!


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28 thoughts on “Great Start to My Year of Reading

  1. Daniela Ark February 1, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I think I’m a seasonal reader! I actually have a post about “wintry” reads coming up tomorrow 🙂 Wolves of Winter is there.:) Isn’t An Ember in the Ashes just so good?? 🙂


    • karireadsandwrites February 3, 2018 / 9:54 am

      I just read your post about wintry reads– good idea to embrace the seasonal mood! I saw the Wolves of Winter on your blog and hope you read it. Well-written survivalist story. Loved An Ember in the Ashes! I’m going to read book #2 next month– downloading it sometime this month for sure.


  2. Aj @ Read All The Things! February 1, 2018 / 10:59 am

    The weather in January was miserable, so I’m glad you found some good books to keep you entertained! I still need to read An Ember in the Ashes. I’ve heard good things about it. Have a great February!


    • karireadsandwrites February 3, 2018 / 9:55 am

      I’m not sure what resonated with me re: An Ember in the Ashes, but part of it was plot and part was the exceptional writing chops of the author 🙂


  3. jenclair February 1, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    I like wintry reads anytime. In the same way I’m attracted to books about lost manuscripts, I’m attracted to books with snow or winter in the title. It doesn’t depend on the season I’m in, though. 🙂


    • karireadsandwrites February 3, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Interesting take on this. But yes, I agree with your comment. I might not want to read a Christmas or Halloween book in July… but I would pick up a story that took place in a winter blizzard then– or rather– I would not discount the book just because it took place in winter. But as far as the moodiness, I think I prefer darker-themed books in winter and lighter “fluffier” ones during summer.


  4. Lark February 1, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    So did you like The Vanishing Season? It keeps showing up on my Goodreads list and I’ve been wondering if it’s as good as it sounds.


    • karireadsandwrites February 6, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Yes, I did like The Vanishing Season, and sorry for the delay in answering. For some reason your comment went into my spam folder.


  5. Tanya Atkinson February 2, 2018 / 6:14 am

    I wouldn’t consider myself a seasonal reader – which is a good thing since Florida often only has two seasons (hot and slightly less hot LOL). But I am 100% a mood reader. I never even bother with monthly TBRs because I never know what I’m going to feel like reading one book to the next.

    I hear so many great things about Jodi Picoult but have yet to read anything by her. Do you have a favorite (or was Small Great Things your first)?

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


    • karireadsandwrites February 3, 2018 / 10:11 am

      I hear you! I am also a huge mood(y) reader. I make book lists and laugh, because I can’t predict what I will want to read 4 weeks from now!

      Actually I’ve read all but maybe 2 of Jodi Picoult’s books over many years and she has a long backlist to choose from, all stand-alones so don’t worry about grabbing a random title.

      I really have a soft spot for The Pact (teens make a suicide pact)–my first book by her and an early one of hers. Also enjoyed: My Sister’s Keeper (tearjerker about dysfunctional family), Nineteen Minutes (re: a school shooting aftermath), The Storyteller (flashbacks to a family affected by the Holocaust), Perfect Match (possible molestation by priest)… they sound cheesy labeled like this but these aren’t supposed to be Classical Literature. They’re the bookish version of Lifetime TV, basically, each one with a specific theme that she explores. Check out her Goodreads backlist for more info though.


  6. karen blue February 2, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I really need to read Year One. Glad to see January was a good month for you. I hope February is just as good!


    • karireadsandwrites February 3, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Year One starts off with a bang, and keeps going. Not as great as I had hoped it would be, but a good one for me.


  7. carolesrandomlife February 2, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    January has been so cold and dreary. A couple of these books are on my tbr list. I really want to read Killman Creek soon and Year One sounds great. I hope you have a great February!


    • karireadsandwrites February 3, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Yep, a crazy weather month and usually I dislike January anyway for coming on the heels of all the family-oriented fun holidays. Each and every book I read in Jan. was a good one and I recommend.


  8. Annemieke February 4, 2018 / 9:11 am

    12 Is such a great number. I’m not really a seasonal reader to be honest. I mean I might pick a few books I think are better suited towards winter or summer or Halloween for my monthly tbr but most of the time I just end up picking up the books from my tbr that draw me in more haha.


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      That’s the best way to do it– just look at our books waiting to be read and pick the one that appeals in that moment 🙂


  9. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks February 5, 2018 / 3:04 am

    Sounds like a great reading month! Mine was alright as well 🙂 and I wonder if I’m a seasonal reader myself…


    • karireadsandwrites February 5, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      I think many book bloggers are moody and seasonal readers. There has to be some attraction to a particular genre or title that calls to us. Hope you have a good month of reading.


  10. asreadbytina February 6, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    It looks like you had a great reading month! I sometimes pick up a book I DNF and end up loving it. I put down The Young Elites by Marie Lu a couple years ago and then I picked it up and loved the series so much. I would say I am a bit of a mood reader. Right now, I’m in the mood not to read which sucks. I hope you have a wonderful February!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina


    • karireadsandwrites February 7, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks, Tina. I’d say most of us are affected by the weather in some way and it carries over into our reading choices. I don’t like to give up on DNFs either, because sometimes we pick it up again and enjoy it!


  11. ceearrbooknerd February 7, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I’m more of a mood reader than a seasonal reader – I read what I feel like, when I feel like it! 🙂



    • karireadsandwrites February 7, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Lol, I’m certainly both! But I do have some pretty consistent “rules” for myself, such as not liking to read a Christmas book in another season, and scouring the “beach reads” lists for a fluffy book now and again in summer. I don’t predict my next few book choices because, who knows? 🙂

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  12. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard February 7, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    I’ll second CEEARRBOOKNERD. I tend to read based on mood rather than season, except that I prefer to read Christmas-themed books in the months leading up to Christmas. And sometimes I choose Halloween or fall-themed books in October. That’s about the extent of my “seasonal” reading, though.

    Have you reviewed Year One yet? I haven’t seen any reviews and I’m really curious. I love Nora Roberts, but some of her books are too dark or triggery for me, and I’m afraid that might be one of them.


    • karireadsandwrites February 7, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      I didn’t review Year One because I don’t do a lot of formal reviews here– also I read it in the first couple of days of my new blog, but it was okay– not great– for me. This features a mysterious plague that originates from dark powers in Scotland to the U.S. and spreads. I guess this is a “light dystopian” plot. I mean “light” as in, not The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It deals with survival after the tragedy with a lot of mentioned folks dying.

      If you don’t like dark books I wouldn’t choose this one. It doesn’t have a lot of romance and lighter moments, so you might find it depressing.


  13. Literary Feline February 10, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    It sounds like you had a great January in reading, Kari! I feel like I did too. I’m trying to keep it up this month, but we’ll see. It is still early. I hope you have a great month of February!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 8:00 am

      I’m having a good start to my new year reading, and I think it’s because I am spending a lot of time lately scouring blogs, Amazon, book sites for new to me title or authors. I love my known authors, but they only write about once a year, so I need to branch out.


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