January 2019 books on my list

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of asbooks-on-my-list the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I missed.

January 1

Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

Series: Endeavor #1

Published by Sourcebook Casablanca

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

416 pages

Synopsis: Captain Tess Bailey and her crew of Robin Hood-like thieves are desperate and on the run. Pursued by a vicious military general who wants them dead or alive, Tess has to decide if she can trust Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous motivations.

Shade Ganavan had oodles of arrogance, oodles of charm, and oodles of something that made me want to kick him in the nuts.

The Hanging Psalm by Chris Nickson

Series: Simon Westow Mystery #1

Published by Severn House Publishers

Genre: Historical Mystery (Leeds, 1820)

224 pages

Synopsis: Thief-taker Simon Westow knows all about lost property. A boy from the workhouse, he now has a comfortable business finding and returning his clients’ stolen possessions. But when John Milner, a successful Leeds businessman, seeks out Simon’s services to find his kidnapped daughter, Hannah, it’s clear he faces a challenge like no other.

Accompanied by his enigmatic and capable young assistant, Jane, Simon takes to the dark, shadowy streets of Leeds for information – streets he knows like the back of his hand. But his enquiries lead Simon and Jane into great danger. Could the answers lie in Simon’s own past, and an old enemy seeking revenge?

January 8

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Series: The Folk of the Air #2

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.


Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs by Aimee Hix

Series: Willa Pennington, P.I. #2

Published by Midnight Ink

Genre: Mystery

312 pages

Synopsis: People move to the suburbs for a better life–nice houses, good schools, safe communities. But there’s no place you can go that’s completely safe from danger. Willa Pennington knows this all too well after her first PI case almost got her killed. Helping her old mentor review a decades-old cold case seems much safer. Then she reaches out to a teenager in trouble, and suddenly a new case rips into Willa’s life in a way she could never have predicted. It seems menace is always lying in wait behind someone’s door. Especially on the dark streets of the cold suburbs.

January 15

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Series: None

Published by Page Street Kids

Genre: YA Fantasy, Retelling

400 pages

Synopsis: Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.

January 29

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

Series: Unknown

Published by Mira Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

336 pages

Synopsis: To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Grand Slam Murders by R.J. Lee

Series: A Bridge to Death Mystery #1

Published by Kensington

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.

She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she’s ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.

What books are you excited about this month?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

5 thoughts on “January 2019 books on my list”

  1. I truthfully haven’t checked out which books I would like to look out for this month yet, but I do like the blurb of the Aimee Hix and Chris Nickson books. My two favorite genres at the moment, historical mystery fiction and contemporary procedurals, would be satisfied by these two books.


  2. I love the cover of ‘Echo North’ – isn’t it gorgeous? And that premise is fascinating – is this one that you will definitely be tracking down? I know what you mean about how expensive some ebooks are becoming – I simply cannot justify £10 for an ebook! Happy reading, Jan.


  3. I loved Nightchaser! I also loved The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, Summoned to 13th Grave by Darynda Jones, and A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot. I’m also going to read Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins, Shattered Vows by Kaylea Cross, Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis, and Flare UP by Shannon Stacey. The audios include The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, and Just for Fun by Erin Nicholas. Those are just the things I am working on for January. Anne – Books of My Heart


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