MONTHLY WRAP UP: A SLOW-MOVING JANUARY

January went by faster than I could say, “Happy New Year!” I haven’t done a wrap-up post in a while, even though I really do enjoy writing them. It feels therapeutic and relaxing to go over my month to celebrate the small wins and reflect on them.

It has been a quiet start to the year; I lit a candle for my cousin, celebrated my mum in law’s 50th, started a new exercise program and got back to work. I’m slowly figuring out my routine for the weekdays – between balancing work, blogging and my writing, it gets a little overwhelming. Finding what works for me also means setting boundaries and respecting the time I have set aside for my goals. It’s a process, and the little steps I’ve made towards them have been making me very happy.

So, here’s a quick look at what January 2022 brought for me. I’m also sharing the books I hope to get to this February 2022!

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I received The Hunger Games series for my birthday in 2020, ever since I have loved the movies! If you remember the ending of the Mockingjay, you’ll understand why it took me so long to pick up this trilogy. It’s telling of the author’s talent that I was still on edge reading the series despite being familiar with the events.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri: I’ve been anticipating The Jasmine Throne for a long time now, but I wouldn’t pick it up cause I wasn’t in the “right mood” for it and wanted to give this book the attention it deserved. I have conflicting thoughts about this book which I’ll go into in my review. For the most part, I did enjoy The Jasmine Throne and would recommend it to readers who enjoy a quiet fantasy with high stakes.

ON MY READING LIST

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: I started the audiobook for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Wow. The audiobook narrators are excellent; the spoken poetry hits really hard. This novel has already stirred my emotions even halfway through the audiobook.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett: Because of Clap When You Land, I wanted to read a book that had similar vibes, so I’ve added The Vanishing Half to my list!

Only A Monster by Vanessa Len: I received this book as a review copy! Not only is the cover gorgeous (I am biased towards red and black palettes!), but I also love a good anti-heroine story.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark: I’ve been meaning to try P. Djeli Clarks’s works ever since I came across Ring Shout. Since I’ve wanted to indulge in more novellas, A Dead Djinn sounded like a good choice! Kudo to Kate’s blog post on SFF Books By Black Authors.

Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: It’s a little ambitious adding Gideon The Ninth to my TBR, but my sister and I have been planning to read this book for ages. So we might as well start it and just read through slowly.

🌸 In January, I shared my list of Anticipated Adult Reads released from January to July 2022! I love sharing anticipated book lists, but I’m always hesitant. Most of the time, I don’t get to read the books I recommend cause my review request gets rejected, and I have been curbing my book-buying habits.

🌸 I joined The Pondathon, a year-long reading challenge hosted by The Quiet Pond! Our goal for this readathon is to nurture a garden by reading books and participating in the side quests. It is a very whimsical readathon that the creators have put A LOT of hard work into. My garden is a little bit bare, so I will try my best this February to get more rewards.

🌸 How was your January? What are you looking forward to this February?

🌸 Don’t forget to link your wrap up post in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “MONTHLY WRAP UP: A SLOW-MOVING JANUARY

  1. Kat says:

    Great reads for January! I had very productive January too! I usually read only 2-3 books a month but I managed to read 9 in January, which is already a huge thing for me! 😀

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  2. Lay @ bookshelfsoliloquies says:

    I’m glad you had a good month! My January was pretty busy, both with university work and because I decided to attempt a 30 books in 31 days reading challenge! I actually managed to do it (which I’m still shocked about) but subsequently have barely read anything in February so far, whoops. I read A Dead Djinn in Cairo late last year and The Angel of Khan el-Khalili last month and can’t wait to continue the other books in this world, I love it so much!

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