January 2024 Recap & Haul Time!

February 7, 2024

❄️ january reading ❄️

It’s time for another wrap-up/haul post and some reading statistics!

It’s time for the first recap post of the year! I wanted to change things up a little, but when it came down to it, I couldn’t actually think of much to change! 😂 I did get rid of a couple of statistics charts that felt unnecessary, though, and changed some color schemes around. I’ve also changed the formatting here at the beginning of the post, so let me know what you think!

✨ month at a glance ✨

  • books completed: 15
  • books DNFed: 0
  • avg rating: 4.1
  • avg pages read per day: 175
  • best book(s): Waltzing with Witches, A Court of Silver Flames
  • worst book(s): Bookshops & Bonedust, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries

✨ ratings ✨

(each title link will direct you to my review for more thoughts!)

emoji key:
🎁 review copy
💞 buddy/group read
🔁 re-read
🎧 audiobook
🫙 TBR jar
🗓️ 2024 TBR
❄️ seasonal TBR

5 stars

4 & 4.5 stars

3 & 3.5 stars

2 & 2.5 stars

1 & 1.5 stars

nothing this month!


nothing this month!

✨ hauls ✨


I’m on a book ban, but pre-orders and book boxes don’t count, plus I’m allowing myself to make a couple of exceptions each month, so… it’s not much of a ban, is it?! 😂

review copies:

The Netgalley and Edelweiss gods truly smiled upon me, because I got review copies of quite a few VERY highly anticipated releases! 😍 I also got new horror novellas (and a collection) from some beloved authors!

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read or hauled, or what was something nice that happened in your life?




More about Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. Great wrap up! Looks like a pretty awesome start to the year 😍 I’m only a little bit jealous about your early copy of Twyla & Frank. Only just a bit, haha 😂 It’s one of my highly anticipated reads and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I hope you love it and have a wonderful February!

    1. We had the exact same average rating for January. We also had 3 of the same 5 star books. I had one more 5 star which was Throne of the Fallen. Now you know why I was having such a difficult time picking my favorite book of January and I still haven’t picked it yet 😂

    1. Ooh, those are some popular titles you’ve got in your 2 and 2.5 star rating section, haha. I haven’t read either – I picked up Emily Wilde at one point but quickly put it down again cos I didn’t care for the structure or style.

      1. I know, it’s always a little nerve-wracking to give poor ratings to multiple popular books at once! 😅 yeah, if you didn’t care for the beginning of Emily Wilde, I don’t expect you’d care for the rest of it either unfortunately!

    1. Glad to see that you liked My Roommate is a Vampire, it’s such a fun, paranormal book 🥰 I need to finally catch up with Crescent City, because I’m seeing the third book everywhere 😂

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