January Reading Plans

Hello everyone + Happy New Year! January is off to a good start. I recently finished reading Death Checked Out by Leah Dobrinska and I really enjoyed it' It's a cozy mystery set in the small town of Larkspur, Wisconsin. The main character is named Greta and she works at the local library with her two friends Iris and Josie. The three of them work together to solve a murder when Greta is accused of being involved in the crime.


I loved the small town setting and the characters were great. Officer McHenry seemed like a tough cookie at first but I like how he softened towards Greta (and her friends) by the end. You can read my full book review here if you're interested.



Now I'm reading The Golden Spoon, a mystery novel about the contestants on a baking competitions TV show called Bake Week. For the week, 6 contestants will be competing at a Vermont Manor to win The Golden Spoon. I think it's loosely based off The Great British Baking Show. My Mom really likes that show. I've never seen it but maybe I'll have to check out a couple of episodes after I'm done with this book.


It's interesting so far. I'm a couple of chapters in and the story is being told from different perspectives. All of the contestants have different backgrounds and different baking expertise. Some of them seem more competitive than others so if there's a murder going down, I'm sure there will be some prime suspects.

January TBR List

This month I'm working on reading some of my review copies from Netgalley. I'd really like to get to an 80% review rating on their site by the end of the year, so reading and reviewing is going to be a priority in 2023.

Here are the books I plan to finish this month.

  1. The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell (Current read, Book #2 of the year)
  2. The First Date Prophecy by Kate & Danny Tamberelli
  3. Charlotte Illes is not a Detective by Katie Siegel
  4. How Can I Help You by Laura Sims

That will put me at three mysteries, one romantic comedy, and one thriller for the month. A couple of these books don't come out until next Summer but I'm looking forward to checking them out and writing my reviews so that I can schedule them in advance for their release dates.

What are you planning to read this month? We're already halfway through as I type this, but I'm confident that there will be plenty of time to read during the rest of January. Especially because I'm considering using a vacation day on my birthday, which is January 26th.

xo Marian