January Wrap Up

Hey guys! I hope you have all had a great January and start to the year. My start has been absolutely terrible reading wise. I really lost my motivation to read and take pictures for my instagram – and even blog, which I am sure you gathered from the sparse posting throughout the month! I am currently 5 book behind schedule on my goodreads goal… I really felt that January just kind of dragged on, and I am so glad that it is finally coming to a close. However, having said that, I finally feel my mojo coming back, so I am hoping to really start getting back into everything and be back more regularly and finally be in the mood for doing what I enjoy the most! Sorry that this post is so short – hopefully next month will be better!


  • Dirty Uncle by Alexa Riley and Jesse Kane – Adult, Reviewed on Goodreads, 4/5 stars
  • Lullaby by L R W Lee – Arc received from the author, DNF, 1 star. Full review still to come!


  • Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk – ARC received through Netgalley. I’m currently about 72 percent of the way through this and I am LOVING it! I highly recommend it.
  • Rock Hard Bodyguard by Alexis Abbott – Adult book, will only review on Goodreads and Amazon.


ARCS Acquired:

Goodreads Monday: 

Book of the Month:


Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk


Published January 16th by Tor Teen


The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

I know I mentioned above that I am not yet finished with this book, however, it is so good, I KNOW that I want to feature it as this months book of the month! It is a Spartacus retelling and has had me hooked throughout. I am hoping to have this done within the next couple of days.

That is it for me. As you can see, my month was pretty terrible, so here is to having a better February! I have a bundle of ARCs to get through and a whole bunch of new releases that I really want to pick up as well 😀

Feel free to add your links to your Wrap up posts so I can see how your month has been.


11 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. Marie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling kind of in a slump with reading and blogging this month! I hope that you will get your mojo back and will post and read again and love it!<3
    I haven't read the red rising series, at all, but everyone is talking about it so much, especially lately with the latest book coming out, haha… maybe I should get to it someday 😉
    Have a lovely month! xx

  2. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh I’m really sorry January hasn’t been a good month for you Lauren. 🙂 I guess sometimes the first month of the year can be a little off for everyone in their own ways. Here’s hoping you get your Instagram, blogging and reading mojo back soon (I need to know what you think of Morning Star when you’ve finished it!) Also I’m sure you’ll be able to catch up on those five books you’re behind on for your GR goal, it is only January after all, there are still 11 months to go. 😀
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you that February is a better month, it certainly seems like you have some good books to get through. 🙂
    Great post as well! 😀 ❤

    • lry93 says:

      Well, I managed to finish a book and start a new one and posted a couple things on Instagram etc. So I’m definitely on the way back in (thank god!) 😂 im hoping that February will be better as well because January was just ugh. Thank you! 😊❤️

      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Oh that’s great to hear, and yep I guess in this case it’s a case of starting slow and letting your inspiration come back in little bits, soon you’ll be back to normal again.
        That’s all right! 🙂 ❤️

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