Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Month in Review for January 2017: There and Back Again

Leia being cute in her Barney colored homemade sweater
January was a busy month for me with a new dog and my first appointment in SLC, but I feel like I managed to remain positive for most of it. Having Leia be an obnoxiously playful pup has a lot to do with that, as I didn't have much down time to dwell on all that is wrong in the world. Add in massive amounts of snow leading to frequent internet-free days, and I've probably had a better month than most.

 Total Posts: 9
  Total Critiques: 2
    Sci-fi: 1
    Contemporary: 1
    Part of a Series: 0 (First time that's happened!)

Most Popular Posts of January:
My Best Reads of 2016
SFF: The 5 Vintage Sci-fi Books You Recommend (For Vintage Sci-fi Month!)
Month in Review For December 2016: Thank God It's Over

Flashback Post (From January of a Previous Year):
"Dawn (Xenogenesis #1)" by Octavia E. Butler

Pageviews for the Month: 1071
Comments: 12

Reading Challenges Updates:

To Be Set

Reading Stats:

Books read this Month: 6

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 2
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 4
Female Main Character: 6
Male Main Character: 0
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 0
 Contemporary Fiction: 1
 Vintage Sci-fi: 1
 Urban Fantasy: 4
Published in 2017: 1
Published in 2000-2016: 4
Published in 1970s: 1
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 0
Traditionally Published: 1
Series Books: 4
Standalones: 2
Ebook Version: 6
Paper Version: 0
Favorite of the Month: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Least Favorite of the Month: Third Grave Ahead by Darynda Jones (not a bad book- I just found it the least interesting of all the three star books I read).
Most Interesting of the Month (or Book I Learned the Most From): Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
From the-pile: 0
From the-invisible-pile: 2
Recently acquired: 4
Added to the-invisible-pile: 3
Books bought:0
Pages Read in 2016 Thus Far (according to Goodreads): 1966 pages

5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 1
3-3.5 Stars: 5
2-2.5 Stars: 0

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 0
Female: 6
Male/Female Team: 0
Diverse: 2
Not-so-Diverse: 4
Living: 5
Deceased: 1

Planning to Read in February:

Now that I've procrastinated about finishing off this post halfway into February, I have to admit I'm scrambling to read whatever catches my fancy. A lot of my usual faves are too heavy for me to read right now, so I'm on a light and fun book spree (as in, pick it up, read a couple chapters, give up on it, rinse and repeat). I'm hoping to keep on track for my Goodreads challenge which is 60 books for this year.

Happy Reading!


  1. It sounds like you've had a pretty meh month, Litha. 5 3-3.5 stars books? At least they aren't worse though! There's nothing wrong with light and fluffy books! After a month of reading long and arduous historical fiction and high fantasy books, I love diving into a month of contemporary romance. Read whatever floats your boat :) I hope you have a lovely rest of February!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. I'm still struggling in terms of getting hooked on books (which is usually no problem for me) so I'm thinking I may attempt some rereads of series books. I hope your last two days of February are excellent- sorry I couldn't comment back before now!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Laura!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Aww... Leia; adorable! I love the purple, too. I just bought Kindred, butI think I already told you. I hope your university visit was a good one. :)

    1. Thanks! We just had an unquiet night with her due to underestimating her "getting into forbidden things" abilities. My university visit was good but I'm a bit nervous about the CT Myelogram I'll be having in March. O_O
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle

  3. It sounds like Leia is keeping you busy. :-) There's nothing like a new puppy to brighten a day. I am glad you have her. I hope you are enjoying your reading. Light and fun sounds about all I can manage right now too--although I am trying to read The Handmaid's Tale at the moment. It's slow going so far.

    I hope you have a good week!

    1. Yes, she is. My reading hasn't progressed much of late- once I finished Zora Neale Hurston's biography, I've been flitting from book to book reading only the first few chapters. I think I'll attempt a reread soon myself in hopes of getting out of this rut.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wendy!

  4. Aww, cute dog! Love the name Leia. And it looks like you had a pretty good month! I liked your vintage SF post too- I just recently read a few CJ Cherryh books and enjoyed them.

    Hope your february turns out to be a good reading month. :)

    1. Yes, that was the only viable name my mom came up with when we were at the shelter and learned her shelter name was "Princess". I think January went better for me than February, but now that my internet is working reliably I can get back into blogging again. I'm glad you like CJ Cherryh too!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Greg!
      ~Litha Nelle


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