JANUARY 2020 WRAP-UP
📚 Wow, 2020 has been starting crazy on the reading scene. I have been reading a lot, according to my standards.
📚 Besides The Classics Club, I have been doing the Japanese Literature Challenge (until March), I joined the #Pondathon (a reading competition: I earn points for my #Xiaolong team based on the number of pages I read and the number of books I finish), and the Murakami online Book Club.
Oh and of course at the beginning of January was Bout of Books. It was a busy week, so I didn’t read as much as I wanted, but still it worked fine.
📚 The biggest news for me is that so far, I have managed to review all the books I have been reading this month, and even started catching up on books read last year.
Posting again for the Sunday Post has been very helpful for that, as I post there small reviews when a much longer review is really unnecessary.
I also enjoy doing a Book Journal section in this weekly Sunday Post: I update it every day, recapitulating what I read the night before. Looks like more and more of you have been enjoying this section of my post as well. This helps me keep track and be more consistent.
📚 There were lots of posts in the blogosphere related to the previous decade. In case you missed them, I have a post on my favorite books and one on my favorite book covers of the past decade.
📚 Also, as I am reading a difficult Orthodox theology book, I have been again reposting book notes after a couple of chapters or so on my Orthodox blog.
I suddenly remembered I had lots of Orthodox notes and quotations on a very old book blog, so I’m going to republish these on my new Orthodox blog the coming months.
So here are the titles I read in January:
8 in print
= with 1,862 pages, an average of 60 pages/day
3 in audio
= 11H37, an average of 22 minutes
5 in literary fiction:
- Book of Genesis – audio
- Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki – ebook
- Goddess Power, by Yung In Chae – for review
- And Then, by Natsume Soseki – ebook
- The Gate, by Natsume Soseki – ebook, review will be live on 2/4
What a wonderful experience to read Soseki’s whole trilogy in the same month
4 in mystery:
- Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah – ebook, for review
- Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz
- Pietr-le-Letton, by Georges Simenon – ebook
- The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley – audio
1 in children:
- Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate
1 in nonfiction:
- The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura – ebook
It feels so good to see all these links under the books I read THIS month!
MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN JANUARY
READING CHALLENGES & RECAP
Classics Club: 15/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 4 books read
Total of books read in 2020 = 11/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 9 (less than 10, I deserve some applaud, lol)
OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN JANUARY
Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:
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