January 2018 Wrap up

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January 31, 2018 by elnadesbookchat

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Sorry, no Top 5 Wednesday this week either.  This week’s topic was good, Hidden gems in a genre I love, I just felt like I was repeating myself with my answers.  So I decided seeing as it is the last day of the month, to do a January wrap up post instead.  Please go and see what the others on the Top 5 Wednesday group have come up with though.  I’m sure there will be some good ones as there always are. 

Looking Back at January!

Things have been going pretty good so far this year.  I have read 15 books, and I have enjoyed many of them.  My three favorites were Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner, Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields and Nexus by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. All of them were exciting, different and very well written.  

As far as blogging goes, I’m keeping to my resolution of at least 3 posts a week.  After some thought, I will probably try to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  I will occasionally do some other posts, but will probably do two review posts and then either a Top 5 or other meme or Book tag every week. This is helping me keep my sanity and helping me to have time to do other things I like. 

I only bought one book for myself this month, Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman.  I started it a few days ago and so far so good.  I did not realize that there will be three books until recently.  I thought it was going to be a duology, so I am thrilled about that.   I have mentioned before that I don’t buy many books for myself.  I usually borrow from the library.  But I occasionally buy them when I love them.  Especially when the covers are so cool like these.  I could stare at them all day!  Can’t wait to see the third book’s cover.  

I reread Scythe in anticipation of Thunderhead and I am so glad I did.   It is making the second book so much more enjoyable.  I used to reread a lot, but since starting this blog, not so much.  I’m adding more re-reads this year, especially when I know that it is the last book in the series.  

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What’s Ahead in February?

February is going to be a busy month.  I already have half of my Netgalley reads done, so that will make things a bit easier.  I have two conferences I’m going to.  I’m conferencegoing to ALA’s Midwinter meeting in Denver from the 10-12th.  I’m mostly going to see what is up and coming in the publishing world and to score some books and ARCs (lots of books and ARCs).  The Midwinter meeting is geared more towards committee meetings and other things that go to running such a big organization.  But the publishers will still be there and promoting their upcoming books.  It is always fun to see what they think will be the next big book.  If I hadn’t got such cheap plane tickets and the fact that it is only a 3hr flight I probably wouldn’t go.  But it will be fun.  I will let you know what I score and who I see. Plus the Youth awards (Newbery, Caldecott and Printz plus many more) are announced at this conference, so that will definitely  be a treat.

The second conference isn’t as fun, but it is in town.  I’m going to the local NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education) conference for one day on the 14th. That day is dedicated to school librarians and they usually talk about new apps and tech for schools and libraries.  It is usually interesting but not as fun as ALA always is.  

BOOKS!

For some reason February is a slow month for new releases that I am looking forward to.  I am looking forward to being able to purchase Nexus, I was lucky enough to get it as an ARC, but I need to complete my set.  I hope they haven’t changed the cover, my ARC had something different than what I posted.  I really hate when they change the covers, but I think I had the Aussie cover on the ARC, keeping my fingers crossed.  Other books I’m looking forward to:

I’m noticing that I seem to be on a SciFi binge lately, but Tess should take care of that.  For those who might not be familiar with Rachel Hartman, she wrote one of my favorite dragon books, Seraphina.  This book is set in the same world and hopefully will have new and awesome dragons!

I also get a week off from work this month, and with no plans to go anywhere, I should be able to catch up on some reading and blogging.  I’m hoping to have posts ready to go for the week of the 12th, but you know how that goes sometimes.  I also hope to make some visual changes to the blog, so keep an eye out for that. 

I hope you all had as good a month of reading and blogging as I had.  What are you looking forward to seeing come out in February?  I’m sure I missed something, so leave me a comment of either your favorite read in January or what you are looking forward to in February. 

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