The Month That Was: January 2019

Unpopular opinion: I’m actually quite a fan of January. I don’t mind the cold so much and I like the ‘fresh start’ feeling of a new year. I’ve had a ludicrously busy month at work so I haven’t had as much down time as I’d like but overall I feel like I’ve had a pretty good month!

The Pages

I read a total of 5 books in January, with 1,501 pages between them. My average rating for the month was 3.8 out of 5 stars, which isn’t too shabby. I even had one 5 star read in there and I’m pretty stingy with doling that rating out.

So, the books:

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall (3 stars | Review here)

Ms Marvel, Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson (4 stars)

The Extinction Trials: Exile by S. M. Wilson (3 stars)

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin (5 stars)

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (4 stars)

Book of the month: The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – absolutely no contest, completely loved it and will be reviewing soon

One thing I failed miserably at this month was reading more diversely. I read books by 4 British authors and one by an American author.  Nothing in translation and nothing written by any authors from cultures different to my own. Pretty poor and something I’m definitely going to fix this month.

On the bright side, I have managed to stick to my pledge to not by any books and have bought 0 books in January other than the book that came with my Books and Beer subscription box, which was always going to be an exception because I love those boxes and won’t be stopping them any time soon. I’m really pleased with that and am finding myself genuinely more excited about the books I already own so that’s the biggest win for me so far this year.

I’m also doing pretty well on the challenge front so far, ticking o ff 5 prompts from the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge:

A book I think should be turned into a movieMs Marvel would make a brilliant movie series!

A debut novel The Raw Shark Texts

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature The Extinction Trials (dinosaurs!)

A book I meant to read in 2018 The Wicked Cometh. I got it for review ahead of its release in 2018 and really wanted to read it before it came out and then didn’t…

A book with a two word title Sparkling Cyanide

And last but not least, The Extinction Trials was on my Series to Finish Challenge TBR so that’s one ticked off that list too!

The Miles

I ran 87.14km in January, which I’m sort of happy with.

I managed to give myself an injured foot in the middle of the month, embarrassingly from tying my shoes too tight if the internet is to be believed. That’s mostly healed now but it does mean that my running suffered for a bit.

My furthest run for the month was a 14.27km in 1 hour 27 minutes. It was hard work in relentless wind so I was proud of it finishing it. I’ve otherwise done a couple over 10km and a whole load between 5km and 10km. If I’m being completely honest, I’m struggling for motivation a bit at the moment, in part because the weather is just dire.  One of my resolutions was to try a new running route every month and I haven’t done that and as a result I think I’m finding training a bit…uninspiring. So that’s my focus for this month – actually try new routes and try to get some of my running mojo back!

How was your January? Favourite books? Favourite runs? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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