How is it February already? A January round-up

Whoosh! That’s the sound of 2018 already flying by. I was lucky enough to spend a week in Puerto Escondido, Mexico in January. That week off helped me get a head start on my 2018 reading goals, and when I didn’t have my face in a book I was able to see absolutely stunning sunsets like this one:


*Sigh* it already kind of feels like we never went anywhere.

Anyway, I got to read 7 books in January. That’s a pretty good start for me. Last year, I challenged myself to read 50 but I came up short with only 30 by the end of the year. I think this year I’m going to read more, but we’ll see. I always slow down in the summer because I ride my scooter to work instead of commuting on the subway. It’s really fun but makes it a bit hard to read! At the moment it’s mostly put away for the winter, although I do get it out for errands if it’s a warmer day.


It’s a busy time of year for reading for me, with the Canada Reads 2018 longlist coming out close to the beginning of the month. It came out pretty late this year – normally the longlist is out before Christmas, so you can get a headstart with your holiday reading. But anyway, I managed to read 4 titles from the longlist during January:

  • Precious Cargo – loved it! And so excited it made it onto the shortlist.
  • Forgiveness – it was ok. I am glad it made it onto the shortlist.
  • Tomboy Survival Guide – it was also ok. I’m actually surprised this one didn’t get onto the shortlist.
  • Dance, Gladys, Dance – this was really offbeat, but I liked it. I’m not surprised that it wasn’t on the shortlist though. I would really call it thought-provoking or particularly wonderful.

And I was excited that two of those four made it onto the shortlist – Precious Cargo and Forgiveness. So that makes for a bit less of a rush for me to get the shortlist read.

I also start on two other titles from the longlist, but didn’t finish them. I probably won’t bother finishing them or reviewing them now, since they didn’t make it onto the longlist, and I wasn’t really enjoying either of them.

What was my favourite book of the month? Well, I would have to say I had two: Precious Cargo and Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. You can’t even draw very many similarities between these two books, and maybe this is representative of my reading style (a little bit of everything). But Precious Cargo was just so charming and funny and touching all at once. It’s about the author’s year of driving special needs kids to and from school each day on the bus. I have yet to review Nothing to Envy, but I finished reading it this month and I would have to say it’s the best book I’ve read yet about North Korea. And I’ve read a few.

There you have it. My January reading roundup. What did you read this month? Were there any titles that stood out for you?