January in Books

This year, I have decided not to accept Goodreads’s Challenge. Working towards a number seems to dilute my reading experience. So, I have chosen to go with the flow. I was so tempted to try Book Riot’s ‘Read Harder Challenge’, but now that I have decided to join Andi’s Read My Own Damn Books, I cannot afford more books for a while. That’s not a complaint really. 🙂 I am still pleased with my stash.

January was great in two ways — I participated in a readathon for the first time, and I set up a blog for my Zen-doodles. Yay!

#24in48readathon was fun. I managed to read for about 15 hours, and interacted with enthusiastic and intelligent readers across the globe. I am not sure if I would participate in another readathon; Dewey’s Readathon sounds great too. I still have more time to decide.

I began Zen-doodling just a few weeks ago, and realised I should save all my ridiculously defiant ‘artworks’. 😉 Hence, I set up this blog called Short Pencils. I doodle about everything under the sun. But, mostly, my favourite books’s covers, and memorable scenes and quotes. Also, these days, every book-blog of mine is accompanied by a doodle. Zen-doodling is cathartic.

And, I read these in January.


❤ = Favourites, and I intend to reread. 🙂

  1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ❤
  2. The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa ❤
  3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ❤
  4. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  6. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ❤
  7. Binti by Nnedi Okarafor ❤
  8. Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson
  9. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  10. Three Blind Mice by Agatha Christie
  11. Chess by Stefan Zweig ❤
  12. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  13. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
  14. When She Went Away by Andaleeb Wajid
  15. Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags by Judy Balan
  16. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  17. The Children Act by Ian McEwan ❤

I am currently reading The First Bad Man by Miranda July, and I think I would read more books from my Cornered Shelf in February.

How was your January? Please tell me about it. 🙂


12 thoughts on “January in Books

  1. This looks like a great list of future reads. I look forward to your future posts.

    I have never participated in a read – a – thon though I would like to give it a try someday. I am a little afraid that it may by=un me out in terms of reading for a few weeks.

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  2. I haven’t read any of your favourite books from the month, however I have read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Do you think you read the rest of series? I found it rather gripping but perhaps not a series to re-read. Happy reading in February 🙂

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  3. I’ve never joined the GoodReads challenge either. I have some general inner challenges, but none that I set in concrete, none that I let drive my reading. I have reading preferences and reading desires and that’s it. Go with the flow I say too!

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