January Review 2021

I decided to do a monthly wrap-up, in addition to my monthly stack. I keep a messy reading journal to keep track of my reading and my unread books, so I thought I'd incorporate those stats here. 

Start of January: 

148 unread books

completed 7 books

un-shelved (donating)* 5 books

added 3 new books

End of January: 

144 unread books 


Books completed in January:

Stanley: Living in His Sufficiency [no review] ⭐⭐⭐ This is a super short theological study. 

*Yousafzai: I am Malala ⭐⭐⭐ I read the young person's edition for my Zoom book club, and apparently there is a lot missing from this edition compared to the adult edition. However, that was ok because the point was that Malala was a very brave girl, and today is still working toward bringing justice and education to others. 

Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This is a memoir about the author's young life in the American South. Beautifully and honestly written about a difficult set of circumstances. 

*Anonymous: The Song of Roland ⭐⭐1/2  Oh, if only I had a better translator. (I will try a Dorothy Sayers translation.)

Grant: The Patriot's Handbook: A Citizenship Primer for a New Generations of Americans ⭐⭐⭐⭐  Collection of important American works through history.

*Bailey: The American Spirit: United States History as Seen by Contemporaries Vol. 1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐     A more serious collection of documentation with the intent to provoke political and historical discussion.

*Genovese: Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made ⭐⭐⭐⭐  And then there's this tome about slavery. Extensive and comprehensive. And glad to be done.


January's  Best  Reads

Favorite non-fiction: The Patriot's Handbook

Favorite fiction: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


  1. This looks like a nice contemporary, mostly, collection of reading. I'd like to read Sayer's translation of Sir Roland, too.

    1. Have you read any Sayers before? I see her name everywhere, but I've yet to read anything by her.

    2. Oh yes! I've read her Lord Peter Wimsey novels. They fun mystery reads. She later was embarrassed about them and went on to do more "serious" stuff, like translate Sir Roland and some other literature.