January Summary, February Preview

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Farewell, January! I will miss you! Seriously, I will. I like January. It’s a calm month after the madness of the holidays. Sure it’s cold and snowy, but I don’t mind that. It just gives me a good reason to stay inside and read or bake. Or get some good sleep with my cat snuggled up next to me.

It feels like I did nothing but read this month, but I actually some other things, like visit the used bookstore downtown, spend time with friends, see a couple of movies some live theater.

What I watched:

  • Mary, Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie
  • The Favourite directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone
  • Hamlet written by William Shakespeare, local college production
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 1, starring Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, et al. (Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Discovery season 2, episodes 1-3, starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Anson Mount, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, et al. (CBS All Access)
  • Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, season 1, starring Marie Kondo and Marie Iida (Netflix)

What I Read in January:

I read 19 books last month. What. Even? Granted, several of them were fairly short (250 pages or less), but still. That is a lot of books! I even ran out of lines on my bullet journal page for January reads.

Whew! I mostly enjoyed them; there were only a few books I was so-so about, namely The Darkness and Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen. They were fine, but there were some issues that put me off a bit, namely the number of POVs in The Darkness, and the side stories in Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen. There was only one book I disliked: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. No surprises there. It would be difficult to name a favorite of the month, but The Trespasser, Exile’s Honor, Meditations, and The Half-Drowned King would be at the top of the list.

Statistics-wise, 68.4% of the books I read in January were by women, with the remaining ones written by men. This stat was helped by the #ReadingValdemar project I’m taking part in, as four of these titles were by Mercedes Lackey. 52% of my January books were by American authors, while the remaining 42% were by authors from Canada, Iceland, Japan, Australia, Ireland, and one from the Roman Empire. 58% of January’s books were from the library, 31.5% were from my own shelves, and 1 book came from NetGalley. I completed two audiobooks, five eBooks, and the remaining twelve were physical books. I read six adult fantasies, four YA fantasies, and the rest were mystery, historical fiction, literary fiction, poetry, philosophy, and one Icelandic saga.

Just look what happens when I find the charting capability in my spreadsheet program! You get all sorts of fun statistics!

Anyway. I successfully completed the first part of my 2019 reading plan by completing the month’s goals: two unread books from my own shelves, two works in translation, one book of poetry, and one book from Clifton Fadiman’s Lifetime Reading Plan. I don’t anticipate having a problem completing this in February, either.

So much for January.

What’s on the docket for February?

A lot!

I intend to read (or reread) some of the books I got for Christmas:

For my 2019 Reading Plan:

Other books I intend to read (or finish) in February:

That sounds like a lot, but Lackey’s books are such quick reads that I’ll get through them pretty quickly, and I don’t think the Sherlock Holmes short stories will take long, either. It’s the longer books like The Queens of Innish Lear, The Eye of the World, and Jade City that will take the most time either because they’re long, dense, or long and dense.

What I Plan to Watch (or continue watching) in February:

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 1, starring Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, et al. (Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Discovery season 2, episodes 1-3, starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Anson Mount, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Michelle Yeoh, et al. (CBS All Access)
  • Medici: The Magnificent season 2 starring Daniel Sharman, Bradley James, Sarah Parish, Sean Bean, Alessandra Mastronardi, Aurora Ruffino, et al. (Netflix)

I’d also like to get through a few of the titles that have been on my Netflix queue and unwatched for ages, like Bokeh, Mountain, The Tigers of Scotland, Cezanne et Moi, Miss Hokusai, and others. I can’t think of any movies I want to see in the theater this month.

So those are my bookish and watching plans for February. A lot of things I’m looking forward to diving into!

13 thoughts on “January Summary, February Preview

  1. Wow, you really had a productive month! I also enjoyed January so I know I’ll miss it. Wishing a an even more awesome February!

  2. Loved Kondo but there was more psychological discussion than I thought there would be. I’m still wrapping my head around the favorite…..

  3. Ugh, I have SO many movies on my Netflix cue that I haven’t watched and want to! Some titles for me are Mudbound, Beasts of No Nation, The Breadwinner, Alias Grace, Ex Machina, and Unexpected. I’ll occasionally watch Tidying Up in the morning while I’m eating my Cheerios, but I’m starting to feel like no family is really different. I wish they would show more of how people get over their attachment to things. One minute a person doesn’t want to get rid of any papers and the next minute their house is all cleared out. What happened there??

  4. I am pretty good at downsizing and keeping things from getting cluttered, but I enjoy certain home shows like Kondo’s for whatever reason. There’s something kind of relaxing about watching people decluttering their homes.

  5. I can see that. I enjoy watching those shows where they redo someone’s house. They usually seem to declutter to redecorate and somehow it is deeply satisfying.

  6. And I can dream that one day I’ll have a gorgeous mansion designed by a professional, haha! Seriously, why do they only show HUGE homes? People with normal-sized homes aren’t worth redecorating for? And when the couple is trying to look for a new home, they’re always like, we have six bedrooms and four bathrooms, but what we really need is 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and an indoor tennis court because our house is just too small currently.

  7. Oh, I know!! It’s like they can’t fathom living in a normal house, just a mansion. Anything else would be akin to living in a tent in the wilderness, I guess. I suppose it’s like other reality TV, where everything is pushed to 11 for the sake of drama.

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