It’s a Wrap! January Edition

I no longer plan what I read by month as I’m more of a mood reader. If a book strikes me, boom, I’m in the mood to read it. So, planning a to-be-read (TBR) list, like many book bloggers and vloggers, feels like a chore. Besides, when I did plan by month, most of the time, I completely skipped what I thought I wanted to read for greener plots and characters. If it’s shiny, an interesting book cover snatches my attention and my monthly plan goes kaput.

Why bother?

However, I keep track of what I read via because I’m a bit anal about acknowledging what I’ve read. This month, I’ve read twenty books. Usually, in January – for reasons I won’t divulge – I hit about twenty-three. But, twenty books feels right; so, I don’t feel like I missed some odd goal.

As for format, I used twelve audiobooks (They are so convenient), one eBook, one paperback, one hardcover, and four comics. This year, I plan to read more eBooks. They used to annoy my eyes something terrible. But, I cannot deny their convenience and affordability when I don’t want to carry heavy books.

Furthermore, I will continue to use audiobooks. They’re amazing and I recommend them to anyone wishing to up their reading game while running errands, on the job, or possessing available quiet time. Mind you, I still adore hardcovers and paperbacks; however, I like to diversify not only genre and author, but format to avoid missing good material.

Below are the books I read in January. You’ll find the following:

  • Thrillers (The Au Pair; Watching You; Two Can Keep a Secret)
  • A football player’s girlfriend (Intercepted)
  • Magical Realism (The Careful Undressing of Love)
  • Satire on gender roles and serial killing (My Sister The Serial Killer)
  • Dysfunctional families (Seven Days of Us)
  • Mad Men Meets Cosmopolitan in the Sixties (Park Avenue Summer)
  • LGBTQA representation (If I Was Your Girl (Trans girl); Black Enough (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Queer))
  • Stories surrounding black teens in America (Black Enough)
  • A book on a librarian’s love for her tomes (Dear Fahrenheit 451)
  • A tale of “Catfishing” (My Favorite Half-Night Stand)
  • A voodoo queen righting wrongs in 1950s Louisiana (Jook Joint #1 and #2)
  • A group of girls refusing to lay down and get hurt (Betty & Veronica: Vixens: #9 and #10)
  • A Beatles’ fanatic (She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah))
  • A mother’s wish for her baby in today’s crazed social and political climate (Woke Baby)


The Au Pair by Emma RousThe Careful Undressing of LoveIf I Was Your GirlPark Avenue SummerMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteSeven Days of Us by Francesca HornakWatching You by Lisa JewellMy Favorite Half-Night StandIntercepted (Playbook, #1)

  • The Au Pair ★★
  • The Careful Undressing of Love ★★★
  • If I Was Your Girl ★★★½
  • Park Avenue Summer ★★★★ (Favorite!)
  • My Sister The Serial Killer ★★★★
  • Seven Days of Us ★★½
  • Watching You ★★
  • My Favorite Half-Night Stand ★★
  • Intercepted ★★★★ (Favorite!)

Young Adult

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManusShe Loves You by Ann HoodSummer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn BowmanBlack Enough by Ibi Zoboi

  • Two Can Keep a Secret ★★
  • She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) ★★★★
  • Summer Bird Blue ★★★
  • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America ★★★★★ (Favorite!)

Graphic Novels/Comics

Jook Joint #1 by Tee FranklinJook Joint #2 by Tee FranklinBetty & Veronica Vixens #9 by Jamie RotanteBetty & Veronica Vixens #10 by Jamie Rotante

  • Jook Joint #1 ★★★★★ (Favorite!)
  • Jook Joint #2 ★★★★★ (Favorite!)
  • Betty & Veronica: Vixens (Hunted #4) ★★★
  • Betty & Veronica: Vixens (Hunted #5) ★★


Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

  • Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak In The Stacks ★★★


Woke Baby by Mahogany L. BrowneBlack Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne

  • Woke Baby ★★★★
  • Black Girl Magic ★★★★★ (Favorite!)

January’s gone. February knocks upon my door, ushering books I cannot wait to discover. Maybe I’ll go beyond nineteen books in the new month. Maybe I’ll read just one. But, I’m grateful for the chance.

What did you read in January? Did you plan them beforehand or go by mood? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Until Next Month,


Author: Crafty Scribbles

Lover of Words. Mother. Teacher. Traveler. Writer. Bionic woman against ignorance. Finding the balance between words and reality. M.Ed. built to school you.