January Wrap-up

January Wrap-up

Total Books Read: 11



Star Ratings

A good reading month this month. Especially since two of my 3-star ratings were 3.5 stars. It was also a rereading month. Out of 11 books, 4 books were rereads for me. I’m trying to reread all of the Grisha books in anticipation of Rule of Wolves.

Books read:

Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi            3 stars

D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michel Faber 4 stars

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden     4 stars

Seize and Storm by Leigh Bardugo  4 stars

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig   3 stars

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 4 stars

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo  4 stars

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark   5 stars

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 3 1/2 stars

Lore by Alexander Bracken 3 1/2 stars

There is my January wrap-up of what books I’ve read this month. Is there anything that you would like me to include in posts like this? What was your favorite read of January 2021. Mine was Ring Shout. Have a great day!!!

Dawn Bish thedog-earedpage.com

I Heart Libraries and What is on my Holds List.

I love the public library system. I have been using the library since I was a child and my parents would take me and my siblings to the library every Saturday. The library has always been a haven for me. A place that I felt safe and protected, where I could explore my interests and activities without judgement. If I wanted to learn about something, I went to the library and asked a librarian. And it’s FREE! Have I said that. It doesn’t cost anything if you are mindful of returning books on time and keeping track of them.

So, yes, I love the library. You might have to wait a bit for a new book to get to you, but my library has a great hold system. The following is a list of books that I have on hold currently. Can’t wait to read these books!

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Do I need to say anything about this book. I’m so looking forward to reading this book.

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

This book is the basis for the Netflix movie, Midnight Sky.

Malorie by Josh Malerman

A follow-up to Birdbox!

Radiance by Grace Draven

A fantasy love story with an arranged marriage of two people of different species. Sounds interesting.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.”

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

A dystopian, steampunk fantasy!! Yup, I’m into it!

Do you use the public library? What books do you have on hold at your library? What books are you most looking forward to reading?

Dawn Bish at thedog-earedpage.com


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Okay, so this paperback book is 1252 pages long. Probably the longest book on my TBR. Well, probably the longest book on my bookshelf. But, aside from that, Sanderson’s books are full of intricate world building and character development. I will need to create a large space of time to read this. Maybe the next time we travel (I am hopeful this will happen soon!), this would be a good book to read in the car.

Dune by Frank Herbert

What to say about Dune? I have read this before, so this is a reread, however, I still find it quite overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, I love Herbert’s writing, however, you definitely need to be in the right mood to read this book. The world building is extraordinary with it’s detailed descriptions of the terrain of Dune to the comprehensive depictions of each character. This book is well worth the read but I still find it intimidating.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. However, I have also heard that it is quite dense and detailed. I love historical fiction, however, I need to be prepared for the mass of information being conveyed to really enjoy this book. I know this will not be a quick read, but I am looking forward to it.

So, what book/books on your TBR are the most intimidating? Please tell me down below. And if you have read any of the books above, I could probably use some encouragement!!

Dawn at thedog-earedpage.com

Book Depository Haul


So, I finally discovered Book Depository.  I think it was Sanne from Books and Quills who introduced me to this wonderful book seller.  She recommended The Fallen Children by David Owen as part of her End of the World book club and the rest is history. I haven’t stopped ordering from this book seller.  Anyway, this is my third order from the Book Depository and I have had a great experience with them.

The two books that I purchased were:

The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue by McKenzi Lee.  I’ve heard so much about this book from the booktube world and it peaked my curiousity.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone: Slytherin edition.  Just had to get this beautiful edition for my collection.