January 2024 Reading Wrap-Up

The first month of the year is over and it was a great month reading-wise. Each month, I do my best to get through as many books from my TBR as possible. One way to accomplish this is to set a monthly TBR and do my best to stick to it. In the January 2024 Reading Wrap-Up, I go over the books I read during the month and what I thought of them. It’s a great way to find new books to read.

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January 2024 Reading Wrap-Up

InuYasha Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

This was a reread. I love InuYasha and have been wanting to revisit the series for some time.

I really enjoyed getting to see the start of the adventure between Kagome and Inuyasha. The two worlds, modern-day and feudal Japan, watching Kagome navigate through a world full of demons, and her interactions with Inuyasha, all combine into the start of an amazing story.

I really look forward to continuing my reread of this series and revisiting everything that happens.

Related: Book Review: Inuyasha Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Days At The Morisake Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

I love it when books are set in bookshops, so that was a big draw for me to pick up this one. It starts strong with Takako’s life crumbing and her moving into a bookshop run by her uncle. Watching her adjust to this new life and rediscover her love of books was great.

The latter half of the book faltered a bit, as the story moved away from the bookshop and focused more on the relationship with her aunt. While still enjoyable, I found myself wanting nothing more than to go back to the bookshop and focus on that.

Overall, a decent little story that was fairly enjoyable and shows the struggle of finding one’s purpose in life after everything has fallen apart.

Related: Book Review: Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 27 by Tomohito Oda

The first half where Komi and her friends are playing a game very similar to Among Us was okay, I felt like it was more filler content than anything else – similar to the battle royale from a couple of volumes ago. Once we got past that, I enjoyed this volume more.

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 40 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Another fantastic addition to this series. There is plenty of action and the ending makes me eager to continue on with the series. I can’t really go into much detail about this one without spoiling the story for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. However, I highly recommend everyone read this series.

Cowboy Up! by Mike Flanagan

Another reread this month. I had a hankering to read something from the western genre and this book filled that need.

This story oozes western feel as it is full of cowboys, ranch life, rodeo, and a dash of action and mystery. It has great character growth throughout and the growing friendship between Clay and Jack is one of the highlights of the book.

The Promised Neverland Vol. 1 by Kaiu Shirai

Went into this one blind, not even reading the synopsis and I’m glad I did. This was such an expected journey and I’m having a hard time figuring out how to talk about this book without giving out spoilers.

All I know is, that it’s got a great pace, an intriguing story, and the characters are quite interesting. I’m looking forward to continuing this series to see how the events unfold and how the characters deal with their situation.

Perfect World Vol. 1 by Rie Aruga

A bit of a slower read but still an enjoyable one. Watching Tsugumi and Itsuki reunite, navigate a world where their differences are more noticeable now, work together on a common project, and rekindle their friendship was wonderful.

This book also highlights the struggles of people with disabilities, namely being in a wheelchair in Japan, how society looks at those people, and how they see themselves. I will be continuing on with this series to see how it goes.

Ultra-Processed People by Chris van Tulleken

This was an eye-opening read. It delves into the world of ultra-processed food, what it is, how it came to be, why it’s everywhere in the store, and how it affects our bodies and health. If you have ever read an ingredient label and wondered what the heck half of the ingredients are and why they are included, this book has the answer.

I highly recommend everyone read this book. It will truly make you look at food differently.

Related: Book Review: Ultra-Processed People by Chris van Tulleken

Spy x Family Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo

Having watched the first season of the anime, I was eager to dive into the manga and get the story in its proper order (since the anime mixes things up a bit).

This was a fun volume to read. We get to see the family come together with Loid, Yor, and Anya meeting each other and starting their life together as a fake family for the sake of Loid’s mission. Of course, they each have their own secrets that they have to hide from each other, which complicates things a bit.

Watching them navigate each other, and of course, attempting to get Anya into a prestigious school was very entertaining. I cannot wait to continue reading this series.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol. 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge

This is another manga I picked up after watching the first season of the anime. Quite a bit happens in this volume from Tanjiro’s little sister, Nezuko, turning into a demon, to his training to potentially become a demon slayer, and so much more.

I really enjoyed the artwork and story in this volume as it sets up much of what is to come. The variety of demons Tanjiro meets along the way and the speed of the story, make it an enjoyable read and I look forward to continuing the series.

The Rise & Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with dinosaurs, so this book quickly caught my attention. This book is half the story of how dinosaurs came to be, their predecessors, and how their reign ended, and half a look into paleontology, its discoveries, and how they have shaped our understanding of dinosaurs and other prehistoric life.

The author does a good job of weaving the paleontology side of the story with the different timelines of the dinosaurs, their movements, behaviors, and evolution.

Serpentus by A.J. Calvin

Though part of The Relics of War series, Serpentus acts as a standalone series. This story pulled me in from the start and kept hold of my attention to the very end.

Though there were a couple of slow parts, the action spread throughout and the discoveries made by the characters along the way make up for them. There are plenty of interesting characters to experience and the worldbuilding spread throughout brings the entire story to life.

Related: Book Review: Serpentus by A.J. Calvin

Rin-ne Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Another reread. This is an interesting start to the Rin-ne series. It has that certain appeal that all of Takahashi’s works have, with a nice mix of characters and settings.

Sakura and Rin-ne are a unique combination of characters with their own quirks that work together quite well. We get to see some of Sakura’s past and eventually an explanation of why she can see ghosts. Rin-ne’s powers and the way he navigates the human world while fulfilling his shinigami duties can be amusing at times.

I look forward to continuing on with this series.

Related: Book Review: Rin-ne Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

War of the Scaleborn by Courtney Alameda

This was a fun read that covered some of the history of the dragonflights, their war with the primalists and the Incarnates, and their effects on the world and the newer mortal species of Azeroth. This is a good book to pick up if you are familiar with the World of Warcraft story and want to know more about the Dragon Aspects and their history.

Month 2024 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 14
  • Books purchased: 4
  • Books unhauled: 1
  • Books DNF’d: 1

I hope you enjoyed my January 2024 Reading Wrap-Up. What books did you read in January?

10 Comments

  1. That’s a great number of books!! I hope you have a wonderful February!

    1. Author

      Thank you, I’m quite happy with how much reading I got done. Have a great Ferbuary.

  2. looks like some great reading pretty entertaining for sure. Suspense can beat boredom any and every day.

    1. Author

      It was a lot of great books. Thank you.

  3. Ultra Processed People is on my TBR list. I find it a fascinating topic!

    1. Author

      That’s great to hear. It was quite a fascinating read and has me looking at food much differently now.

  4. I adore Yona of the Dawn – esp. the anime!

    1. Author

      I haven’t watched the anime yet but I absolutely love the manga.

  5. I love non-fiction books, and I want to read Ultra-processed People book. I`m interested in health, and I have a couple of fitness goals for 2024. Thank you for suggestion.

    1. Author

      You will definitely want to read Ultra-Processed People then. I’m so glad I stumbled upon the book.

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