January Wrap-Up

And just like that, the first month of 2018 has vanished! How are you all feeling now that we’ve eliminated good ol’ “janvier”?

I feel at once that the dreary month dragged on (Christmas seems like a lifetime ago, and I don’t even remember New Year’s), but at the same time, I have no idea what I did with the time. It’s slipped between my fingers, I think.

I’ve successfully kept up with my bullet journal, and unsuccessfully kept my habit tracker going, even if it’s only measuring how often I DON’T stick to good habits. I didn’t save a single penny, but I did make it through my third month of student loan repayment. I lost four pounds of water weight, and gained over 250 IG followers (god bless you all). I’ve had to delay my poetry project, and my career situation is still stalled, but February is going to be the month of keeping our chins high, no matter what adversity we face!

What I AM super duper proud of is that I managed to read eleven books in January! For perspective, last year, I was working on A Dance With Dragons until March, so…improvements are abundant.

January Reading Recap:

Books Read: 11 / Pages Read: 2,942 / Audio Hours: 11:40 / Average Rating: 4.2

Favorite Read: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / This was a reread for me, so I feel slightly like cheating when I claim it as my favorite. It was the first book I’ve read in months that even ventured into fantasy territory. I think, frankly, this is one of my favorite books of all time, and it was so worth a good reread.

Least Favorite Read: Tell the Wolves I’m Home: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / This book was pleasant, sweet, and unchallenging, and I honestly would recommend it to anyone who’s interested in the premise. However, I just felt totally uncompelled by the characters and plot, and though I wish I liked it more, this book just didn’t do it for me, personally.

The Lineup:All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / This book is hyped as hell, and it’s easy to see why. It’s created a hue discussion surrounding the problematic romance between the young Wavy and her adult guardian, Kellan. I had a LOT to say about this book; that review was a hard one to digest.

Sing, Unburied, Sing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Jesmyn Ward’s book was a classic kind of modern masterpiece. Slightly supernatural and significantly culturally relevant, this book tugged at my brain and my heart.

The Hate U Give: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / This book is at the center of discussions on police brutality, systemic racism, and racial dynamics, from a compelling and sympathetic young girl’s point of view. I loved this book, and I pray that it makes people think.

The Wife Between Us: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / One of the most anticipated releases of 2018 was worth the hype. Thrillers can be hard to distinguish, and this book mocks any reader who predicts the ending too quickly

Hiddensee: A Tale of The Once and Future Nutcracker: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Maguire books are always kind of strange, and though this book wasn’t exactly passionate or thrilling, it was graceful and cute. I loved his imagining of the toymaker’s life and legacy, and he raised some thematic questions somewhere along the way.

My Sister’s Bones: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / I honestly cherished this thriller. It was creepy and fast-paced and full of intrigue, but it somehow managed to remain intelligent and worldly, roping in PTSD and the Syrian conflict in a smooth transition.

The Clarity: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / This ARC was fiercely unique and well thought-out. The premise was authentic, the pace was breakneck, and the literary violence was compelling if you’re a gore-lover like me.

Sharp Objects: ⭐️⭐️ / Gillian Flynn’s debut novel was unsettling and mysterious, but it was equal parts predictable and depressing. Moody, borderline-psychopathic characters made it hard to sympathize or move swiftly through this short novel. However, the resolutions were fairly unique, and the loose ends were all efficiently and enjoyable tied up.

Jessica Jones: Alias, Volume 2 /I might start reviewing comic books at a later date, but at the moment, it was hard enough to even include them in my Goodreads challenge or recap. However, I love Brian Michael Bendis’s arc of the Marvel superfemale. The noir attitude and adult content is so fun to it into, and especially since Bendis’s work on Alias inspired the Jessica Jones Netflix arc, I love getting into the character’s origin.

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