Hello beautiful people! I hope you are having a good day today! I’m going to be enjoying a cozy day indoors while the winter weather continues. I’ll be cuddling up with a warm fire, a comfy blanket, several cups of tea, and a good book.
As for my wrap-up this month, I got off to a very slow start because of reasons, but I managed to read a total of seven books, including one DNF.
The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
I started reading this one in the middle of December as an audiobook and because I was so busy I wasn’t able to finish it until the beginning of January. That being said, I really liked this book. I thought it was a cute and heartwarming romance with a mild mystery thrown into it. If you are looking for something adorable to read over the holidays later this year, I highly recommend it. Four stars!
Once More Upon A Time by Roshani Chokshi
This short fairytale is about a prince and princess who have their love taken away by a witch. I thought it was adorable and full of hope, and random talking badgers. It’s mostly about finding love again when you thought you had lost it. It was originally an Audible original, so you can find it there if you are so inclined. Four Stars.
Servant Mage by Kate Elliott
I reviewed a copy of this one, and I wasn’t thrilled with it. It’s the story of a mage who is, essentially, kidnapped by rebels to free some people trapped in a mine. This novella had a lot of potential, and I really dug the magic system, but it just didn’t live up to that potential for me. Two stars.
A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass
Another book I reviewed this month, and my only DNF. This is the story of three witches who get a letter from their cousin saying she is leaving town and taking one of their partners with her. As you could probably guess, I didn’t like this. You can read the review for my full thoughts. One star.
The In Death Series by J.D. Robb, books 1-3
Massive trigger warnings for this series. Please check online for each book, as they differ.
Naked in Death: The start to the series. Eve Dallas is a dective in future NYC. She ends up being called to investigate the murder of a senator’s grandaughter. Along the way she meets Roarke, an intriguing Multi-billionaire who becomes involved in the case. I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this one. Five Stars. Amazon Barnes & Noble Bookshop.org
Immortal in Death: A mysterious and brutal attack claims the life of a world-famous supermodel, and Eve’s best friend is caught in the crossfire. I loved seeing Eve having to balance her duty to the law with her duty to her friend. Five stars. Amazon Barnes & Noble Bookshop.org
On to my favorite part, the stats! As previously mentioned, I read seven books last month, coming in at 1796 pages. Go me!
I foresee a few months of that mysterious piece of the pie being the largest slice. But this month, there were four mysterious books.
That doesn’t seem right somehow. I may have selected the wrong option for this stat here and there.
This is about what I thought, what with so many of the books being novellas.
So it seems that the In Death series is not only a Mystery series, it’s a Romance series too. That’s really going to skew my stats this year.
I don’t think I gave a single two star rating last year, so we are off to a good start this year, I guess.
You can see where I had Covid fog because I read nothing during that period. Go me!
As always, these stats come to you courtesy of The Storygraph. I cannot recommend them enough. For those interested, they have a place under each book for content warnings. So helpful.
How did you do last month?