Slow January


The other day, as I was doing my very best to be unproductive, I stumbled upon an article over at Book Riot asking their readers what was in their Inbox/Outbox for the week. I thought it’s a great alternative to putting someone’s reading month in perspective. So I decided to adapt this way of recapping Β my month of January.

As you can see, it had been a slow reading month for me. I only read 10 books in total. As I’ve mentioned in my past posts, January got a tad too busy in my mortal world. I neglected most of the books on my reading pile and had weeks when I could barely write a post for the coming week. I was still relatively active, though.



  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda JonesΒ (read in November)
  • Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  • City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
  • He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
  • Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson
  • And Again by Jessica Chiarelli
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  • All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold
  • Status Update by Annabeth Albert
  • Priest by Sierra Simone


Ideally, I should have more books in my OUTBOX than in my INBOX. So any time that number is higher, it spells doom for my TBR pile. Next month, I’m aiming for a negative differential.

How was your January? Did you get all the books you wanted to get for the month?Β 



  • You did great. Almost every one of those books I’d like to read.
    Happy February!

  • I think you’ve still read more than I did Joy. In all fairness though, I did read Passenger and that took what felt like years to get through. I don’t know what it is with her and her books but they just seem to take so much longer to read. I’ve completely taken control of my review pile and only have three titles left to read, 5 including digital review copies. Sounds like you had a massive month for books, now you just have to read them all πŸ˜€

  • I like how you check your new and out going reads.. seems like a great way of keeping in check your growing tbr pile πŸ˜€

  • Definitely an interesting way of recapping your month Joy! It sounds like you had a great January, I absolutely love six of Crows and the Angelfall series so I’ll have to check out your reviews!

    • Thanks, Jeann. Isn’t, though? It gives me an added incentive not to buy any books this month!

  • Other than putting my books on GoodReads as I read them, I couldn’t tell you how many I read In January or any month. So this sounds like a good idea for you to keep track πŸ™‚

    • Oh man. You know you’ve read a lot of books when…Lol.

  • I had a slow reading month too. Will be right now the kids are back at school!

    • That’s good to hear, Naomi! Extra time to read is always good. Lol.

  • Melliane

    10 books is already a good number! don’t we all have more than we read?

    • Pretty much. We acquire more than we read. hahah!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh, I love this idea. Sorry you got five more than you read, but then again, getting new books can’t be ALL bad. haha Good luck reading in February!


    • It’s only bad when they sit in your TBR for months! Lol.

  • Several of these are on my TBR! Love the picture.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I love Uprooted SO MUCH. Ugh. I can’t wait for you to fall head-over-heels for it. I’m also so excited to read The Dark Days Club, not to mention Feverborn! Fantastic post, Joy–thanks for sharing your recent acquisitions with us! I love seeing pictures of books and yours are all so prettyyyyy!(:

    • Thanks, Keertana! I’ve been hearing so many good things about Uprooted so I’m really excited for it. After a while, I couldn’t ignore it any longer. πŸ˜€

  • Adriana C

    My reading month was less productive than yours….IΒ΄ve only read 4 books!!!

    • Oh boo. I hope you’ll have a better month in February, Adriana!

  • After going through a lot of slumps last year, I’m doing pretty well since November after adapting a freestyle-like TBR. I still take note of my books and their release dates, I don’t chase it anymore though so that eased off a lot of stress for me and reading is now enjoyable again. My problem now is writing reviews, that’s my current slump. Sigh, can’t catch a break!

    Hopefully February is better for you, Joy πŸ™‚

    • It’s either one or the other, isn’t it? I’m more determined this month, so here’s hoping I’ll catch up soon. I think I’m a few books behind on the reviewing front as well, so we’re in the same boat on that one. Good luck, B!

  • Jazmen

    I’ve only read about 14 books and I thought that was pretty slow. I haven’t been reading as fast as I used to but I’m getting there. Plus, most of the books i’ve been reading have been pretty meh so I’m not exactly breezing through. Here’s to a better month for you and me!

    • Oh I know! You are on a long stretch of 3-star reads, aren’t you? That sucks. I can only imagine how frustrating that must be for you. I hope your reading luck changes soon!

  • Heh, yay for buying lots more new books πŸ˜‰ I sort of love that you bought more than you read. <3 Hugs. And aw, 10 books is still AMAZING πŸ˜€ I only managed to read 8 :p And aw, I really, really hope you loved Six of Crows. I think you did. But now I'm a bit unsure, lol. Can't wait for your review sweetie πŸ™‚ Hope you had an amazing weekend. <3

    • Gah! In my defence, these are mostly for reviews. i only bought 8 of these, so that’s not so bad. And yes, I did enjoy Six of Crows! I’m dying to get my hands on the next one. OMG. That ending!

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    Good ratio and some good books as well. Burdo! I am so going to read that one this year.

    • Thanks, Melissa! I enjoyed Six of Crows so let’s hope you will as well. Bardugo keeps upping her game! Thanks for visiting!

  • Love this idea. Though the ratio part scares me, Lol. I see some super sounding books that I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on. Namely, Uprooted, Dark Days, and Anna and the Swallow Man. Enjoy!! πŸ™‚

    • Ha! I know! Thankfully, there’s not much books that I want to get this month so my pockets will be getting a much-deserved break. πŸ˜€

  • Ooh this is a great idea! I really want to read Six of Crows! Looks amazing! *_*

  • You still managed to read a lot
    of books even in you slow month, Joy!

    • Hi Ksenia! Yes, I did. Despite the slow month, 10 books is still a good number. πŸ˜€ How have you been?

      • My life is hectic at this
        moment, I don’t have much time to read and chat.

  • kindlemom1

    My reading month has been shite! Seriously, worst ever. I’ve read some amazing books too I just don’t feel like reading for some reason, so weird! I really hope I pull out of it soon.

    • Aw. I’m sure you did so much better than I did, Ali. You’re a speed reader!

  • 10 books is a good month for me. I was happy I managed that, because I haven’t in a long time! I am always adding more books than I read, and I need to stop doing it!

  • Jasprit

    Oh this is a great way of checking if you’ve been on track for the month! And I totally get you, work life has once again been killing me and then we have all these family events too, when all I want to do is be anti-social. But 10 books is still good for the month! I hope next month you’re back to binge reading again πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Jas! I hope so, too. Right now, my Goodreads stat says that I’m one book behind! I haven’t been behind in a long time. *sobs*

  • I had a slow month, too. There was a death in the family and I haven’t really felt like reading. πŸ™ Everything’s been so crazy. But with a fresh month comes fresh resolve. Here’s to February.

    • <3 Hugs. So sorry to hear that, Ellen. Good luck to you in February!

  • I read 14 books last month (a few were super short lol) which is unusual for me, I’m expecting it to slow to a trickle in March when I have textbooks to read instead (and those don’t count…or do they *ponders*)

    Good luck getting that TBR number down next month πŸ™‚

    • Hahah. Why wouldn’t they count? As long as you finish the book, it’s still a tick in the right direction.

  • Nick

    I love the idea of Inbox and Outbox, Joy. It’s certainly a great way to keep track of your TBR pile and your reviewing. I’m nervous and excited to see what you thought of Six of Crows. And also He Will Be My Ruin. I wasn’t a big fan of that one but everyone else seems to be enjoying it. Oh and Priest is a book I’ve heard lots of great things about but I’m not too sure if I’m comfortable with the topic.
    I hope you have a great February, Joy and I hope real life calms down for you a bit so you can get your new books read! πŸ™‚

    • Oh I saw your review on Goodreads! I’m nervous now. I haven’t started it, but I’m a KA Tucker fan, so let’s hope I’ll fare better than you did. Priest might just be tipping the unrealistic scale, but Holy Hannah, was it hot!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Love this idea! I did read all the books I wanted to for January, which usually doesn’t happen. I am not sure that will happen with this month–there are so many books on my TBR list. I can’t wait to hear your thought on Dark Days Club–definitely want to read that one!

    • Oh gosh. I haven’t even started it! I’m severely behind on review copies, but I’m feeling optimistic about February. Not much books that I’m dying to read this month, so definitely a month to catch up on review books.

  • The outbox/inbox idea is a good one! And it does put things into perspective. You did read more than me, anyhow πŸ˜€ I am looking forward to seeing those two reviews you mentioned coming up, especially as I am curious to know your take on Six of Crows. It sounds promising but some people are just left confused :/

    • Six of Crows was fantastic! I don’t know how they could be confused it reads pretty straightforward to me. I hope you’ll give it a chance, Olivia!

  • I wish I could read 10 books a month! I actually binge-read books 1-5 of the Fever series in the last week. I heard some not so nice stuff about the more recent books and I’m not sure if I will give them a go. So I am interested to hear your thoughts on Feverborn when you get to it!

    • Fever series was a little Jekyll and Hyde for me when I read them years ago. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to read Iced and Burned, so I probably won’t get to Feverborn for a while yet. :/

  • Only 10! Man, 10 is a miracle for me. I think I read 8 this month and that was a struggle for me. I don’t set TBR’s though because I tend to read whatever I’m enthused by at that moment. I can’t wait to read your Six of Crows review (I’m currently reading it right now). Hope you get to more books in Feb, Joy!

    • I’m typically a 17-20 per month kind of reader, so this is most definitely slow. Oh I hope you’re enjoying Six of Crows, Kynndra!

  • I have done badly with my library pile in Jan, bad bad me. We will do better on Feb πŸ˜‰

  • Brittney

    I love this idea! Glad I didn’t do it for January though since my differential would be really high… lol Hope you have a good February πŸ™‚

    • Hahahah! #bookhoarderproblems! Most of my months will probably have the same ratio, to be honest. πŸ˜€ Thanks for visiting, Brittney!