Book’d Out [January 2022]

How was your month in books? Which book was your favorite? Did you participate in any reading events? Work on any of your reading challenges? Here’s a look at what we’ve read this month.

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January was a decent reading month for me. The winter blues hit me pretty hard but thankfully it didn’t translate into a reading slump like it sometimes does. I read 10 books this month with my favorite being (surprisingly) The Charm Offensive, Alison Cochrun.

I’m honestly shocked that a romantic comedy hit the top of my list this month. I don’t typically gravitate to those but as part of a reading challenge to read 12 books recommended by 12 bookstagram followers I picked this one up. @Sarahsyearofbooks pushed me to give it a try and I’m so glad I did. It was fun, heartwarming, and made me laugh. I suspect I liked it so much because it was a bright reprieve from a dull and cold wintery month.

Dev Deshpande has spent his career as a producer on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. Charlie doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. As Dev tries his hardest to break Charlie’s walls and help him fall in love, he realizes that he might be the one whose falling.

Other books I read this month:

  • Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson☆☆☆☆☆
  • One Last Stop, Casey McQuiston ☆☆☆☆
  • Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3), Rachel Caine ☆☆☆☆
  • The City (Scary Stories for Young Foxes #2), Christian McKay Heidicker ☆☆☆☆
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman ☆☆☆☆
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers ☆☆☆☆
  • Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6), Kazu Kibuishi ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Firelight (Amulet #7), Kazu Kibuishi ☆☆☆☆
  • The Madhouse at the End of the Earth, Julian Sancton ☆☆☆☆☆


This was a relatively slow reading month for me as COVID finally hit my family and I was taking care of my parents. Symptoms were relatively mild, thankfully. I read 4 books this month, the best of which was The Unfamiliar Garden, Benjamin Percy.

Meteor fragments have crashed into the Earth and 5 years later, we start experiencing one of the alarming side effects in the Pacific Northwest as the drought caused by the meteor has finally given way and the rains have started back up again. I don’t usually like to go into novels blind, but there’s not much else to know before starting to read this. The characters are amazingly well done, but even more so – the World is so vividly detailed, as is the mystery about the missing girl and what’s happening to the World. How can it be stopped – or can it?! An eco thriller that I would highly recommend everyone pick up.

The other books I read the month …

where the drowned girls go
  • Where the Drowned Girls Go, Seanan McGuire ☆ ☆☆ ☆ (crossing one off my list of 2022 New Releases on Our Radar)
  • Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi ☆☆
  • Night of the Mannequins, Stephen Graham Jones ☆☆☆

I’m also in the middle of several books – it’s just been one of those months where I couldn’t concentrate on reading much … I hope this is not the start of a reading slump!

How was your reading month?


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