Monthly Wrap-Up: January

We’ve made it to the end of January! This month has been strange for me, but I got a good amount of reading in. So today I’ll be talking about what I read this month compared to what I said I was going to read at the beginning of this month. I think I did alright when I put the stacks beside each other, but I strayed a bit.

So as a reminder, here is the TBR I was hoping to read in January:

–        Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

–        The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

–        Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

–        A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

–        Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

–        A Raven in My Heart by Kay McCracken

–        Reflection by Elizabeth Lim

–        You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

–        Skyhunter by Marie Lu

And here is a list of what I read in January, in order:

–        Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

–        The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

–        The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

–        Journey to the Light by Juliet Inforzato (reviewed elsewhere)

–        Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

–        How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

–        The Mindset by Ace Bowers (reviewed elsewhere)

–        A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (audiobook)

–        Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Alright, so there are some similarities. I read three of the books on the top list (oh dear; I thought I read more than that) and I added some unique books. If you look at my Instagram post about my TBR, you’ll see that I read some other books that I wanted to read but didn’t feel comfortable adding to my official TBR for the month.

I loved most of the books I read this month and had large issues with others (the ones I reviewed elsewhere). I can’t possibly pick one favourite, so I’ll go over my top three. Now, I loved them all in their own ways, but these three stuck out to me as new favourites that I’ll keep around and reread.

Legendborn, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, and The Wicked Deep are my top three. Legendborn makes the list because of the phenomenal plot and the inclusive diversity it pulls off so flawlessly. I love Arthurian legends, and this novel brings them to life in a way I didn’t know was possible. I have a review of this book coming out in February, so stay tuned for more!

The book that’s getting me back in Science-Fiction is The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. It gave me so many feels about growing up without a lot of friends, reading and writing fanfiction to my heart’s content. Now, I wasn’t born on a spaceship and stranded alone on it for eight or more years, but I felt connected to Romy Silvers through her lonely activities.

The Wicked Deep is about three long-dead sisters who wreak havoc on a small town on the coast of Washington state. The mystery in this book was difficult to figure out–I only guessed part of it by the time they revealed it. I got siren vibes from The Wicked Deep that are making me find more books about the sea and the mysteries within.

I recommend checking out all the books that I read this month, as they were all amazing. Some are here on the blog as reviews, either currently or in the coming month. If you want to see my ratings for books as soon as I finish reading them, please follow or friend me over on Goodreads! I’ll leave the link at the bottom of this post.

In future Wrap-Ups, I hope to update you all on what I’ve written in the month. This month was a struggle to get any sort of rhythm to life, but I’m currently working on ways to make February a much more productive month. Follow me over on Instagram for daily or semi-daily updates on new posts, writing goals, current reads, and so much more! I love posting pictures of books and raving about their beautiful covers. My TBR post for February will be up on Thursday.

Thank you so much for reading!


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