Tuesday, February 3, 2015

January Reading Recap (2015)

(Me and my beautiful family-picture not taken in January lol!)

January has already come and gone which is kinda crazy when you think about it.  Above is one of the rare family pictures when everybody is actually looking at the camera.  Rare but priceless!  This was a really good month of reading for me in terms of quality.  Every book that I read I would rate (if I actually rated books that is) at least four stars.  I had hoped to finish more books but maybe in February.  Overall I am pretty happy with my reading progress even if I am constantly one book behind in my Goodread's goal of 80 books for the year.  Here are the books that I finished in January:
  • Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman
  • Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep
  • Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
  • India Black by Carol K. Carr
  • The Girl With a Clock For a Heart by Peter Swanson
My favorite read of the month was my first book finished for the year, Fear The Darkness.  One of the best thrillers that I have read and one that I want to recommend to just about everyone.  All of these were really good though so I have to admit that this one won out just by inches.  I've managed to write up my thoughts on two of the five books so that is a pretty good start as well.

I've gotten a good start on a few of the challenges that I've joined although there are also some that I haven't even started yet.  Oh well, they are for fun so no need to worry too much.  I've managed to read books for the following challenges:
  • New Author Challenge (3 books)
  • Snagged @ the Library Challenge (1 book)
  • NetGalley & Edelweiss Challenge (1 book)
  • Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 book)
  • Cloak & Dagger Challenge (3 books)
  • Official TBR Challenge (knocked Web of Lies off of my list)
  • COYER Challenge (2 books)
Overall, I am calling January a success!  I could have worked out more but I got started so I just need to continue on with it.  I have been cooking more and even tried out a few new recipes.  I just need to get back on my quest to learn how to crochet and I will be a happy camper.  I'm leaving my February plans completely open.  I have a few upcoming blog tours this month.  I also need to figure out which book I am reading off of my TBR Challenge list.  Decisions, decisions.

Bring it on February!!


  1. What a big, happy family :) I hope you enjoy Slave to sensation as much as I did, gotta love Nalini Singh !

  2. I love the family photo, Samantha. You have a beautiful family. :-)

    I added Fear of Darkness to my wish list, where I noticed I already had the first book in the series there because of you. Hopefully I can get to both of them sooner than later.

    Have a great week, Sam!

  3. What a beautiful family picture, Samantha! Thanks so much for sharing with us! :)

    I'm definitely adding Fear of Darkness after reading your review. And I'm glad to hear you've a great reading month in January.

  4. Great picture! It does look like your year is off to a good start. :)

  5. Great family photo! You had a wonderful reading month, I've had my eye on The Girl With a Clock For a Heart.

  6. What a great pic! Yay for a successful start to the year and here's to a wonderful February too. Looking forward to your review of the Masterman book.


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