That’s a Wrap: January

Monte Cristo Fan
The Count of Monte Cristo Fan

January was our first full month in our new house. We did a lot of work around the place and enjoyed the company of electricians, plumbers, chimney sweeps, brick layers, and painters. Normally we do our own painting, but there were two rooms that required lots of patching and sanding of paneling, so we hired professionals. Next up: carpenters!

Here’s a recap of my month in books.


Both books were on my Classics Club list, so that’s two down for the year. I’m also happy to have started out the year reading books I own as I’m taking the TBR Triple Dog Dare which is all about reading books you own from Jan – April 1st.

Total pages read in January: 1,449


  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (audio)
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins for #WilkieinWinter hosted by The Estella Society

While I technically didn’t own Orange is the New Black prior to Jan 1st, it was on my TBR list and I had credits due to expire from that needed to be used, so I don’t feel like this is a complete violation of the TBR Triple Dog Dare challenge spirit.

I’ve certainly been visiting my local library and hope to start visiting other libraries in the area to feature on the blog. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Yale. The architect’s intention was to make the building look like a treasure chest and it certainly has that effect. Stay tuned for a post later this week.


One book that I plan on reading is Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. This book will violate the rules of the TBR Triple Dog Challenge as I didn’t own it prior to Jan 1st. Its been on my radar and when I saw that the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center was cosponsoring a screening of the film and panel discussion on February 27th, I decided to make an exception and picked up a copy. If you’re interested in the event, click the link above.

What’s on your bookish agenda for February?


  1. I am impressed that you got through The Count amidst all the other chaos! That one took me forever to read (though I loved it)!

    My plan for February is to finish The Woman in White, read Divergent for a book club, and then I have no idea from there. I want to pick up a graphic novel or two as well, but that will depend on what is at my library.

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