January reads – February update

What did I read & review in January?

I’m trying to organize my blog life buddies, believe me. But I didn’t have a chance to finish this and post at the beginning of the month but such is life. Life happens, while I’m trying to spend time on the weekend catching up on reviews and planning for the next week. Well, I’m sure you understand. This weekend was busy and I’ll get into why in just a bit.

Here on the blog I shared some reviews on the following books and (in case you missed it) ICYMI you click the links below to find my full review.

How did what I read (January) align with my reading goals?

  • Older books shelved : 3
  • Newer books shelved: 2
  • Random Picks: 3
  • Non-fiction: 1

For the sake of simplicity, old books will be books I know have been on my shelves for several years. I was working on a spreadsheet to try and guess when I added them to my shelf but I’ve really only been keeping track of all incoming books for the last 3 years maybe. So since I want to continue to make progress in just going to finish up the inventory of what I have that needs to be read. More on that initiative later.

What I finished recently & plan to review

  • Learning to See by Elsie Hooper
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I keep a book journal so I record thoughts about everything I read so it will help refresh my memory when I need to write the reviews. For some of these mini reviews in one post might be the way to go.

What I have been drinking

I’m planning to share more details in a post later this week about a complimentary tea subscription box I received from a wonderful company called Field to Cup. I mentioned a few of their teas in my last post like this and would like to tell you how I might have changed my mind about tea subscriptions.

What I’m Currently Reading/ Reading Next

Remember when I said this weekend was busy! Of course I needed to go grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, helping my niece learn multiplication tables (math was my other favorite subject in school), and of course, I had to do something with my naturally curly hair (wash and deep conditioning), visit a friend who has been under the weather, blah blah blah, adult trying to get some adulting done. But let’s not forget the buddy reads I told you about for this month, I had to organize my thoughts for 2 books under discussion.

  • Roots by Alex Haley – I’m buddy reading this over on bookstagram but am also enjoying a discussion with Melanie @ Grab the Lapels. I’ve never had a buddy read on the blog but I’ve enjoyed both discussions so far.
  • A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith – I’ve linked to the discussion on bookstagram if you’re interested. A book about belonging to family, your neighborhood, growing up, poverty, and one of my favorite, finding solace in books are just a few things so far. I was so glad to read MORE after the discussion! Can I say, cheers to Aunt Sissy, Johnny, Katie and Francie for so many reasons in Book 3. I didn’t write one single review this weekend but I hope now you understand why.

I’m going to share this quote in conclusion! Have a great week!

“Francie thought that all the books in the world were in that library and she had a plan about reading all the books in the world.”

Published by booksbythecup

Lover of good books and tea

8 thoughts on “January reads – February update

      1. I’ve seen the recent movie adaptation, but not the classic one yet. I’d like to though! 😊

        My favourite Christie so far is probably And Then There Were None. Do you have a favourite?


  1. I’m enjoying doing a buddy read with you, too. 🙂 I know it’s a bit weird because I’m not writing about Roots on my own blog, but so far I’m having a good time just knowing you’re out there somewhere reading the same words I am.


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