Bookish Reflections – January 2021

A monthly round up of all things bookish at Sammi Loves Books…It’s my attempt at becoming more accountable in my reading and reviewing habits…


In a nutshell

This month, I spent a good deal of time editing, which inevitably means I read less.  Sigh.  However, four books is one a week, and so not too shabby for this bookworm, methinks.  Hopefully, I can pick up the pace in February…

January saw me trial my new “review only some books and rate the rest” policy. To be honest, it did feel like it took the pressure off, and I doubt I would have been able to claim the above four books for the month if I was still reviewing them all.  So, a month in, and it seems to be working so far…

I also started my classic reads challenge this month, which I am enjoying at the moment.  January’s read was H.G. Wells’, The Island of Dr. Moreau, which I think will stay with me for a while yet. February’s book is one I’ve been meaning to read for a while, Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, which is supposed to be one of the great sensational novels of the Victorian period…

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Books I’ve Read

Books I’ve Read and Reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

Favourite Read(s) of The Month

  • All of January’s books were rated 4 / 5, so I’m guessing I enjoyed them all equally 😉

Books I’ve Bought or Been Given

  • none this month

Books I’ve Downloaded

  • Lady Audley Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

What I’ve Been Reading on Wattpad

  • Not much as I’ve not had a great deal of time for reading really this month…sigh

January’s “Read and Review” Goals

  • The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
  • The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
  • The Island of Dr Moreau by H. G. Wells

* Light blue = review posted | Blue = read but review not posted | Black = did not read / review

What I’m reading in February

  • Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

The Very Informal Classic Reads Book Club Challenge 2021

  • January’s Book – The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells – Read and reviewed!
  • Next month’s book – Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Basic Book Review Challenge 2021

To read (at least) one book a week, to reach a target of 60 over the course of the year, with the aim of posting a review for some of them.

  • Month started at: 0 / 60
  • Month finished at: 4 / 60

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

I’m revisiting this challenge I started in 2019, to complete the challenges I missed. I’ve completed the following challenges from the list this month:

  • none
  • Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20
  • Total challenges completed in 2020: 8 / 12
  • Total challenges completed in 2021: 0 / 4
  • Total: 16 / 20
  • You can find the complete list of challenges here.

Read, Rate, Review, Rehome

Goal: 35 | Total so far: 3 / 35

  • The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

3 thoughts on “Bookish Reflections – January 2021

  1. Hi Sammi. I read The Island of Doctor Moreau a long time ago. (I seem to be always saying that; it’s because I’m so old!) If you fancy a dramatic, old-fashioned, Victorian classic you could try East Lynne by Mrs Henry Woods.

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