So, uh, you know how in my December wrap-up I said I was going to take a bit of a blogging break? I didn’t really intend to take almost an entire month off. Sorry about that.
For whatever reason, right now I’m just…not able to do any of the things that I want to be doing? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down to write a blog post (because I want to! I have ideas that I’m excited about!) and nothing comes out. I also haven’t been reading much, I haven’t written a word of any of my WIPs in months, and I’ve been terrible at keeping in touch with family and friends, so I genuinely do not know what I do with my time. 🙃 I’m going to try my best to actually post the things I want to post and be more active in the blogosphere going into February, but we’ll see.
However! Women’s History Month Readathon is coming back this March! Stay tuned for the official announcement later this week.
Anyway…I read a total of six books in January, with an average rating of 4.12 stars. Let’s just jump into talking about those.
Books I read
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
This romance novel was just the right amount of lighthearted and fandom-y, even if I couldn’t completely get into the writing style. Mini review to come.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
release: May 25, 2021
Taylor Jenkins Reid proves yet again that she is the master of writing heart-wrenching character stories. Although many aspects of this book just weren’t for me, I still enjoyed this one. Review to come.
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)
My LOTR reread continues! Escaping into Middle-Earth has honestly been getting me through the last few months, and it’s always fun to catch all the little details that didn’t make it into the movies. Also, this book reaffirmed for me that Sam Gamgee is the greatest character ever.
The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore’s Scores by Doug Adams
Just when you thought I couldn’t get any nerdier, I go and read an entire book on the LOTR music. Look, I just really enjoy learning about how film scores are used as a storytelling device, and the music in LOTR is some of the best, so I found this book fascinating. I can’t wait to be even more annoying to watch the movies with as a I include bits of trivia about the score!
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (reread) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You can read my full series review of the Graceling books for more of my thoughts, but essentially: I love Bitterblue with all my heart, and I think right now this book is my favorite of the series.
Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
It’s here at last and it’s beautiful!! The fourth Graceling book introduced us to new characters and an entirely new land, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I hope to have a full review up soon, but in the meantime please know that I would die for Adventure Fox.
So some Real World things happened this month, wow! Other than the attempted coup that happened in my country’s capitol (still can’t believe those are actual words that I’m typing…thanks 2021!), which was decidedly not a highlight, we finally have a new president and that feels good. And watching a woman of color being sworn in as vice president made me feel some things. Also, can we talk about how freaking amazing Amanda Gorman was??
I know I’m about a decade late on this one, but I’ve been watching Community lately and it’s the perfect amount of stupid and fun and mindless. I’m on season three at the moment and I’m having a great time.
You thought my LOTR nerdiness peaked with reading a book about the movie scores? Guess again, friend, and gaze upon my hand drawn map of Middle-Earth.
This probably took me about eight hours total, which I did in the span of two days because ~I have no life.~ I’m inordinately proud of it. Now it’s hanging above my desk and I kind of want to draw the maps from all my fantasy books. I am an adult.
Some music that I loved this month:
- Better Yet by James Spaite | “It’s about time to say goodbye / detoxify, my only life I will not / just get by, just get by, just get by, just get by”
- More Like You by Orla Gartland | “Oh, I know that I’ve been flirting with the enemy / But please don’t be so perfect right in front of me / I think of all the things that I will never be”
- New Song by Maggie Rogers & Del Water Gap | “I’ll stay steady, but nights are a-blazing and heavy / Alone in my room and I’m ready / To rest for a while”
- Little Joys by Maggie Rogers | “Lunar, solar, thought that things were over / Midnight, twilight, thought that things were alright / And don’t you take my heart away / I’m a big mess of little joys”
February is Black History Month! I have a lot of books that I want to read…let’s see how many of them I can get to.
- Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
- The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
- An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
- Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
- From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
- Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (out: March 9)
- Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
- Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
What did you read in January? Did you do anything exciting this past month? If you wrote a blog post you’re proud of, link it below and I’ll do my best to check it out!