January 2020 reading wrap-up

January has come to an end and so too has the first month of reading of 2020. This was quite an odd reading month. I did not put in as much reading time as I normally would in. Part of that was due to spending a large chunk of my time cleaning up after mother nature’s frequent dumpings of snow. Some days, I just couldn’t hold a book after all of that. Then I went through a bought of struggling to read a book that I eventually gave up on but unfortunately I stuck with it for too long. Even so, I did manage to get through quite a few books thanks to picking shorter ones. Without further ado, here is my January reading wrap-up.

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January reading wrap-up

Kimi ni Todoke volume 1-30 by Karuho Shiina

I’ve been wanting to read this series since I bought it back in October, but I wanted to save it until this month. What better way to start off a new year of reading that with an amazing series. After having seen the anime series, I know what to expect for some of this – as the series covers the first 12ish volumes. What I wasn’t expecting is how much I would come to love the story and characters. I could not put these books down! In fact, I read the entire series in five days!

Now I really wish the anime could have continued because this manga series was even better in the second half. It’s safe to say that Kimi ni Todoke has found its place among my favorite manga series. I will also admit that I read the final volume at least a dozen times. This is a series I know I will reread regularly.

Sword Art Online 4: Fairy Dance by Reki Kawahara

This light novel was really enjoyable. For those familiar with the anime, it covers the last bit of the first season of Sword Art Online. It was really nice to revisit this story, as I have only ever watched the anime, and see where it all started. The light novel does give you a slightly more in-depth look into the character’s thoughts and motivations over what is shown in the anime. A really solid book.

Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir by Tui t. Sutherland

It took me an embarrassingly long time to remember what had happened in the previous book. However, once I did, this book became far more enjoyable. This book focuses on Tsunami and the journey to finding out who she is and where she belongs. I will say that I did miss seeing the other dragonets along with her, though they are in the book, their presence is minimal – and for good reason too. This was a great second book to the series and I really look forward to seeing where the story goes on from here.

January reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 32
  • Books purchased: 5
  • Books purged: 0
  • Books DNF’d: 1

Though January had its ups and downs reading-wise, I am still happy with how much I read. Did you get much reading done in January? What was your favorite read of the month?


  1. Okay so you put me to shame I read none in January. But I have read a book of short stories already (it’s very small) and starting on my next one. I am definitely going to reach for a book this month rather than my phone in my down time. Thank you for sharing your reads!

    1. There is nothing wrong with not reading in a month. Trust me, I’ve had months where I didn’t read. That’s great that you have been reaching for a book instead of your phone this month.

  2. Sometimes I feel like the longer that it takes me to get through a book, I am just doomed. It could be a worthy title, too, but if I take too long, I just lose it. This is partly because I also have a terrible memory…

    I read a ton of nonfiction in January and realized that Rachel Hollis is not for me. lol

    1. I feel the same way too. The only exception being those massive 1000+ page tomes because even reading every day they take me forever to get through.

      I haven’t read any of her books but I do know she’s fairly popular. Admittedly I have no idea who she is outside of being an author, haha.

  3. Wow! This is great 🙂 Reading so much a month is one of my ultimate goals. I’m currently reading 1-2 books a month! Thanks for the inspo.

    – aimlief

    1. Thank you. I live for reading so I do go through a lot of books most months. Reading 1-2 books a month is fantastic! Keep it up and I’m sure that you can increase that number over time if you want to.

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