wrap up

January wrap-up

Does anyone else feel like January has flown by? I feel like Lockdown 3.0 and working from home mean that the days have all merged into one for me. I’m not sure I could really tell you what happened in January (I’m not sure anything really did) but at least it was mercifully quick. Still, I had a pretty good reading and blogging month – so that’s something I guess!

Books I’ve finished this month:

So I finished 7 books this month, which is great and puts me ahead of my Goodreads goal by about 3 books; I love getting ahead early because I know I will probably slip at some point this year and go into a reading slump.

  • The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon*: The fourth book in the Bone Season series, which was released this month – and my favourite book of the series! 5 stars.
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: I know I’m a bit late to the party here – but this was my favourite book of the month, and I feel like it could be in contention for my favourite book of the year. It’s taken me a while to write my review, but it should hopefully be posting this week! 5 stars.
  • White Ivy by Susie Yang*: This was a really engaging debut, beautifully written and thought-provoking. 4.5 stars.
  • Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller*: This book really wasn’t for me. I found it quite bleak and boring. 2 stars.
  • The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave: A very atmospheric read, set in the 1600s on a small island in Norway. The novel has a feminist spin, focusing on female independence. 4 stars.
  • The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg & Amy McCulloch: This was my only YA read of the month and I found it quite disappointing, though I do realise I am not the target audience. 2 stars; review to come soon.
  • Open Water by Caleb Nelson Azumah*: I finished this book last night and I’m still thinking about/trying to wrap my head around it. An affecting, poetic and astonishing debut. 5 stars; review to come.

Books I’ve started (but not finished):

  • Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green*: This was an eARC from NetGalley that I was really interested in, thinking it sounded a bit like the Boy series by Meg Cabot (where the story is told through emails, texts, tweets, etc). However, I had to stop reading this book because it wasn’t very funny and I was 25% in and the main character was just sending long emails to her plumber. Not for me.
  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall: I’ve posted about this a few times this month – I’m still reading this and learning a lot from it.
  • Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan*: I started this book last night, and I’m enjoying it but I feel like it’s too soon to tell whether I will find it great or just entertaining.

(Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a copy of these books in return for honest reviews.)

Post round-up

Here’s a round-up of my January posts, in case you have missed any and would like to catch up!

How has your month been? What was your favourite book of the month?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your own January wrap-up so I can check it out!

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