Monthly Novel Rewind: January 2017

Posted February 2, 2017 by Madalyn || 16 Comments

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our most anticipated February release



venturing around the blogosphere

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every book read this month

What Madalyn Read:


I had such a wonderful reading month! I didn’t read anything this month that I rated below three stars– yay!! In fact, I LOVED the majority of these and gave out more five star ratings this month than I did, like, the entire first half of last year.

life & what’s happening


Honestly, on a national and global scale, this year has gotten off to a rocky start, to put it very, very mildly. I’ve been continuing to call my reps, go to protests, and generally make it known that I won’t stand for the kind of intolerance and injustice promoted by our new president and our largely Republican Congress. It kinda makes me feel guilty, because things in my personal life are going strangely well. My semester is off to a great start– I’m liking my classes and professors so far, and my mental health is 194838642738x better than it was last semester. My choir was invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association’s annual conference last week, and we absolutely KILLED it. Reading-wise, I participated in the second #DiverseAThon and loved it.



I had a blast with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli at their event/signing last month! (Though, I refuse to pick sides in The Great Oreo Debate.)

next month

Madalyn’s Look Ahead:

Next month is looking to be pretty busy– my university’s choirs are contracted by the Atlanta Ballet to sing Carmina Burana for their performances the next two weeks. I also have a kinda big audition coming up in a couple weeks, so good vibes would be appreciated! Oh, and I’ll probably be getting another tattoo this month! 🙂 Look out for pictures on Twitter when that happens. In the bookish world, I’m planning on participating in the Bookentine Readathon, hosted by Ely & Michelle @ Tea & Titles. I also just joined my first round of the #OTSPSecretSister project, so I’m excited to get things going on that front, as well!

king of the month:

Madalyn’s Top Pick:

Noteworthy was the book of my heart. A cross-dressing, bisexual MC + choir + a boarding school setting + the most lovable cast of characters on the freakin’ planet.  I adored it SO much! I will be posting a review closer to release date, but for now, GO PREORDER THIS BOOK!

How was your month? Did you read anything good? Anything exciting coming up? Let’s chat in the comments; we’d love to know!

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Madalyn is a 20-something music student and lifelong lover of reading. When she's not reading or singing, you're likely to find her drinking coffee, traveling, or buying more lipstick than one person could possibly need.
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16 responses to “Monthly Novel Rewind: January 2017

    • Of course! Omg, you HAVE to read Noteworthy soon! It was incredible. And oh man, I have no idea how I managed to read that much last month. I’ve been feeling a little slumpy lately myself– here’s hoping we both get out of it soon!

  1. Wow you look like you had a great reading month!! I so want to read The Underground Railroad, the Anna Kenrick book and Noteworthy for sure. Also glad it was a good month personally. SO cool you got to meet Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. Hope you have an amazing February!!

    • Thanks so much! It’s actually pretty atypical for me to read this much in a month– I think I got so much reading in because I was still on semester break for the first couple weeks of January.

  2. Whoaaa those are some amazing books you read this month! I want to read Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces sooo badly I’ve heard a lot of good things and the covers are so pretty hahaha I’m so jealous you got to meet Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera! It must have been fun haha so sorry about the political situation in your country but good luck with the choir and audition! <3

    • Ahhhh, the Tiny Pretty Things duology is fantastic! I neeeeed more people to read it and talk about it, because it deserves so much more hype than it gets. And thank you! <3 Happy reading this month!

  3. Jordann @thebookbloglife

    You read so many books! I’m so jealous!! I wish every month was like that for me – maybe then my TBR wouldn’t be quite so daunting and scary!

    • Haha trust me, I wish every month was like this for me, too! This is a pretty atypically high number of books for me to read in a month– I think I managed to read so much because I was still on semester break from college the first couple weeks of January. But here’s to tackling those daunting TBRs!

    • I really liked it! I’m torn on my rating– it’s either a 3.5 or 4 stars. I read it in one sitting, though, and I thought it was fun and different! I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel, The Last of August, soon.

  4. That’s awesome that you had such a good reading month, Madalyn. I’m excited to hear that 10 Things was a good one for you too. I want to read Ten Pretty Things because a close friend absolutely loves that book. I need to add it to my library-tbr list.
    I feel you about that guilt. I want to be happy then some shit goes on and I feel guilty. I think we have to remind ourselves that it’s possible to feel both emotions. I have been hearing good things about Noteworthy so adding that to my TBR too!
    Happy reading and I hope Feb is also good for you. 🙂

    • Thanks, Nick! You definitely should pick up Tiny Pretty Things– it’s such a quick, fun, and diverse read. And of course I absolutely adored Noteworthy and want everyone to check that one out! Right? It gets tricky to balance those feelings sometimes, but I totally agree about being able to feel multiple things at once! I hope you have a great February! 🙂

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