January was a good month for me! I finished seven, yes seven, books! It was quite the month but it’s not normal or attainable for me to read that much every month. I had some extra time due to vacation, airplane, and car rides, which made it much easier to finish several books. Plus my free trial of Kindle Unlimited ends in February and there was a series I wanted to finally finish!

This year, I decided to track how much I save by using the library or Amazon Prime (and KU while I have the free trial) and in January I read one library book and four KU books for a total savings of $38.44! I use the current price on Amazon for the format I’m reading. I hope this will motivate me to stop buying books and use these resources more.

I haven’t written my reviews yet so trying something new! Listing the book and rating (determined based on SPECS notes). I may come back and add the reviews. I’m undecided if I want to keep writing reviews. I may pull from my SPECS notes and I do plan to do a blog about how I come to a rating and SPECS.

So, what did I read?

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A Holly Jolly Ever After by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
☕☕☕ / 5

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
☕☕☕☕☕ / 5

Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden
☕☕☕☕ / 5

Angel Maker by Morgan Greene
☕☕☕☕ / 5

The Collector Series 2, 3, and 4 by Dot Hutchison
The Roses of May (2)
☕☕☕☕ / 5

The Summer Children (3)
☕☕☕☕ / 5

The Vanishing Series (4)
☕☕☕☕ / 5

I read the first book in the series, The Butterfly Garden, several years ago through Amazon Prime Reading. I wanted to finish the series but they never seemed to come up. I saw they were on KU and decided to use my free trial to finish the series.

My January reading stats:

Goal: 4 books
Books Read: 7
Days Read: 23
Pages Read: 2,387
Physical Books: 1
Ebooks: 6
Audiobooks: 0

Favorite: Fourth Wing

Alphabet Challenge Completed: A, C, F, H, R, S, and V
(Excludes words like The and A/An)

What books did you finish in January? What was your favorite? Do you track any stats or challenges? Let me know how you are doing in the comments!


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.