January Hopefuls

Here are my TBR choices for January. These have all been on my shelf for a while and I’m going to do my darndest to stick to this list this month. Last month I read 8 of the 9 that I had picked out at the beginning of the month… so go me!!  


My aim this month is to buy no new books and only read what’s on the shelf… although my husband would point out that books still keep arriving… but those are pre-orders and subscription boxes…

I’m gonna go through them in more detail and why I’ve chosen them. I’ll skip Dark Tides since I went on and on about that one yesterday.

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Full confession, I’ve never read Diane Chamberlain before. Eek! Sorry! But, I have this great group of booksta-ladies based in NC who I’ve joined into a book club with and each month we pick an NC author to buddy read together. Diane Chamberlain is from NC and this book is based in NC and the publisher was looking to do some press for the paperback release out on Jan 5th (check my insta for a giveaway). So I’ll be reading this one with them.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

This one has been calling to me since its release. I love sci-fi and the goal is to make sure to read more diversely. Truthfully, I hate starting a series without the second book on the near horizon but I’ve got so much FOMO about this one that I just have to do it!

The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde

First, the cover – how could you not want to know what’s in this book? Plus it’s dystopian fiction centered around an adventurous journey. Totally up my alley. I’m hoping this one lives up to my hopes for it.

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

I discovered Audrey Rose and Thomas in the fall of last year and loved the series so much that I wanted to meter out reading them to enjoy it for longer. I don’t have any particular affinity for magic or Houdini but am interested in whatever scrape brings Audrey into his grasp.

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Two dystopians in one month… can I handle it? LOL yes, 2020 is over so I’m hoping it’s not too disheartening to delve into a terrible future in 2021. This one has serious Handmaid’s Tale vibes and I’m excited for it!

The Rusted Scalpel by Timothy Browne

I was lucky enough to grab a Timothy Browne book on Netgalley and the author offered to send me copies of the whole series. So I’m working my way through them. I reviewed Maya Hope back on November 21st. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3648252083?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 I will soon be posting my review of The Tree of Life soon.

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

Another BIPOC fantasy that I’ve seen rave reviews for. Now that the second book is out and I’ve got both in my hot little hands I’m ready to dive in!

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

So, I’ve been wanting to check out The Witcher for a long time but as a purest, I wanted to read the books before checking out the show. I got the first three books for my secret Santa at work so now I’m ready to check it out.

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

I am a sucker for mind trips through the multi-verse. This one is either going to be amazing or a DNF. I’m mentally prepared for that… bring it on!!

Have you ever put yourself on a book buying ban?

~ Dana

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