January Reading

The first month of 2020 has come and gone, I’ve been on my annual Reading Retreat and I’ve had (am still having, actually) a bad cold and respiratory infection. But how did I do? Since August I’m having a reading slump, September was okay, but I did go on a Reading Retreat. And even taking that vacation week into account I did read less than average that month.

The past month has been so-so. Up until my vacation, starting on the 13th, I didn’t do a lot of reading. Which is normal, the first week of year it was still a school vacation and thus busy in the store. Which resulted in less time off, so less time to read. And because it was busy I was tired in the evenings and didn’t have the energy to stay up late to read. The week after I was busy preparing for my vacation and reading a book that was slow going for me.

During my vacation I did do a lot of reading; I finished six books. My cold started on Thursday and by Saturday I was sick enough for it to start slowing down my reading. The week after my vacation I didn’t read; I was too sick to care. I’m still not completely better, but I’m feeling good enough to read.

In the end I managed to read ten book and a total of 2897 pages. Which means that the average book was less than 300 pages. My average since 2012 is 360 pages per book. I also read about 800 pages less than an average January. However, since August I only read this much in September, when I read just over 3000 pages.

I did have some longer books planned for after my vacation, but that didn’t work out due to that nasty cold. I plan to start working on those after I finish my current book.

My favourite book of the month was Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross. Their account of staying in a friend of a friend’s supposedly haunted cabin for several days and nights. I like how they don’t attribute all strange happenings to the paranormal, but also offer everyday possible causes.

My least favourite book was a short story by Carrie Bates, The Haunting of Maple Mansion. Which felt like the start of a nice haunted house/horror story. But instead that the main character would start their adventure from there (fighting the haunting/stubbornly trying to ignore the haunting/getting help/etc) the main character was like: “Nope, not doing this. Bye bye.”. Which I thought was a bit of shame, but the story had potential.

February I started with the second book in The Paper Magician series, by Charlie N. Holmberg. Which I really enjoyed. After finishing that I started to reread Desmond Doane’s Graveyard: Classified Files trilogy. I read the first two books years ago, and although I really enjoyed those I never got the last book until recently. But I first want to reread the first two, since it was so long ago and can’t remember exactly what it was about. After that I’ll tackle one of the longer books I have on my TBR pile. I’m not sure which book, it really depends on my mood.

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