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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monthly Reflections (#1)


Monthly Reflections, where we take the time to reflect on the previous month.

My goal for January was...

☐ To read 12 books (including...)
1-2 eBooks
☐ Reread a favorite of mine
☐ 1 "Just for Fun" book

In January, I...

Read 11 books (including...)
2 eBooks (Fire and Ash, Corridor)
1 "Just for Fun" book (Identity: Undercover)
☐ I was not able to reread a favorite of mine...

Books read: 

Fire and Ash by Anne PatrickSummer of Promise by Amanda CabotCorridor by Robin ParrishPhotobucketH2O the Novel by Austin BoydLove Blooms in Winter by Lori CopelandPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

My favorite book I read in January would have to be Corridor by Robin Parrish. It was so good and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up on my top-ten books in 2012 - it was that good! :)


The Maid at Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (CFBA Tour)
Fire and Ash by Anne Patrick
The Keeper (Book One of Stoney Ridge Seasons) by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell Tour)
Corridor (A Mythworks Novel) by Robin Parrish
Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Revell Tour)
H2O the Novel by Austin Boyd & Brannon Hollingsworth
Love Blooms in Winter by Lori Copeland (FIRST Wild Card Tour)
Firethorn, Discarded Heroes #4 by Ronie Kendig (FIRST Wild Card Tour)
Where Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey (Revell Tour)
The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy (Litfuse Tour)
Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot (Revell Tour)
Replication by Jill Williamson (Team Novel Teen)

Did Not Finish:
Sinners and Saints by Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley (FIRST Wild Card Tour)

Austin Boyd & Brannon Hollingsworth - Authors of H20 the Novel!
M.C. Pearson - Author of F.A.I.R.I.E.S.: Baptism by Fire
Precarious Yates (Sarah Smith) - Author of The Elite of the Weak

I started participating in the meme"On My Wishlist" which I hope to continue doing most Saturdays.

On My Wishlist! (#1)
On My Wishlist! (#2)
On My Wishlist! (#3)

Reading Challenges:

I signed up for a few more reading challenges, click here to see them.

My favorite one I signed up for in January is probably Read Your Name. It's where you try to read your name (i.e. a book starting with the letters M, E, L, A, N, I, and E, to spell Melanie). You don't have to read them in order. It is really fun and I've already got the letters L and I completed!

One-Year Blogoversary Celebration!!!

So far, these authors have stopped by:

Brandilyn Collins
Camy Tang

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more of the fun! :)

Looking ahead:

In February, I hope to...

Read 10-12 books, including:
☐ 1 eBook
☐ 1 "Just for Fun" book
☐ A book starting with the letter E
☐ A book starting with the letter N
☐ 1 book from my TBR pile! :)
☐ 1 YA book
☐ Complete another reading challenge
☐ Have 2-3 giveaways! (not including blogoversary)

Now it's your turn! What did you accomplish in January, what do you hope to accomplish in February? 

If you want to do your own Monthly Reflections, feel free to grab the button and post about it on your blog, then leave a comment with the URL - otherwise, please share your thoughts in a comment!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this post! :)

Remember, day three of my One-Year Blogoversary celebration tomorrow!!


  1. You list looks great - except mine would still be on my to be read list! Hope you are having a great week

  2. Thanks Marianne! I hope you are having a great week too! :)

  3. Hi Melanie! Returning the visit that you made to my blog! I like your monthly reflections! I might have to do that. We read one book the same, Firethorn. I am almost finished with my 12th book for the month. I like your goals for next month! I'll definitely be coming around to visit your blog!

    Julie@ My Favorite Pastime

  4. Julie,

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm reading Ellie's Haven right not, but I'm only about a fourth of the way through... that would have been my 12th book and then I would have made my goal of 12 books in Jan... oh well.

    I'm glad I found your blog - it's great! :)

  5. Hey Melanie! What a productive month you had! I really want to read Replication and H20.. they sound so good!

    I think I might join the Read Your Name challenge. It looks like a lot of fun!

    It was great seeing all you accomplished this month. Oh and did you know your threaded commenting works??? I think! =D

    1. Hey Crystal! I just realized today that the threaded comments work! Yay!!! Google must have fixed the problem! I love it! :)

      You should definitely join the Read Your Name challenge - it's so much fun picking the books for the challenge!

      I don't know whether or not you've been reading the blogoversary posts, but there are some GREAT giveaways coming up! :)

      Hope February is a great month for you! :)

  6. Great list! Here's my monthly round up: http://lili-lost-in-a-book.blogspot.com/2012/01/monthly-round-up-1.html

  7. Thanks for the idea-I think I am gonna do this on my blog! I also signed up for the Read Your Name Challenge so thanks for that too!

    1. I'll look for the post!! Feel free to use the button, as well. :)

      I love that challenge! So glad that you signed up! :D

  8. Here is my Monthly Reflection post! Thanks again Melanie!

    1. Just stopped by your blog and left a comment! :)

      You read a lot of books last month... WAY more than I did! Thanks for participating in Monthly Reflections! :)


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