January Wrap-Up & February Reading Plans | 2022

January is over and I don’t know if it went by fast or not. Work was hectic as usual but I don’t think it’s ever going to change. However, now that I’m starting to get used to the chaos, I feel less tired after work which means that I’m able to do more things including reading! I guess I had forgotten that reading is a habit that takes time and now that I’ve made time for it again, I’ve been reading a lot more! πŸ˜€

January was an amazing reading month, I read a bit of everything from science fiction and fantasy, to literary fiction and romance and I have been having a lot of fun doing that. I’m going to try to keep my TBRs diverse this year, since I have realized that reading books from the same genre back-to-back is the best way for me to fall into a reading slump.

Books Read

I am usually very stingy with my five-star ratings but I already gave two books five stars in 2022. I don’t even know who I am anymore!

Ranked from the book I enjoyed the most to the one I enjoyed the least:

  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… – A great sequel to The Poppy War, the ending made me fangirl over Rin and I can’t wait to read The Burning God in March!
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… – This book is terribly depressing but I read it at the perfect time.
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† – The premise is ridiculous but damn it, I loved it! I read it in one sitting and I don’t think I have ever laughed so much while reading a book before!
  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† – I didn’t expect that ending for this trilogy but I really liked it nonetheless. And Breq is still one of my favorite characters!
  • Local Star by Aimee Ogden – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… – The polyamorous space opera I didn’t know I needed. It pushed all my Star Wars buttons and it was a ton of fun.
  • The Menace from Farside by Ian McDonald – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† – Not as good as the Luna novels but I liked being back in this world.
  • Clarkesworld #171 edited by Neil Clarke – β˜…β˜…β˜… – An average issue of Clarkesworld with a few good stories.
  • Interzone #285 edited by Andy Cox – β˜…β˜…β˜… – Another average issue with a few good stories.
  • The Fallen by Ada Hoffman – β˜…β˜…β˜… – Amazing worldbuilding but too angsty for me.
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – β˜…β˜… – I probably shouldn’t have read it after The Love Hypothesis, I didn’t buy the romance between the two characters and arranged marriages are not appealing to me AT ALL.

Goals Check-In

  • Number of books read: 10 (Total read: 10/75)
  • Number of books read from my list of 22 Books to Read in 2022: 1 (Total read: 1/22)
  • Number of literary fiction books read: 1 (Total read 1/6)

TV Shows

  • Nobody Knows – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

I was in the mood for a dark TV show and Nobody Knows definitely delivered on the dark aspect. It’s about serial killers, cults, child abuse and bullying so, no rainbows and sunshine here. I liked the acting and the production but the pacing was weird. The big reveals happened way too soon so, I was expecting twists and turns at the end but… they never came? I think the series would have have been at lot better if it had been four episodes shorter honestly.

  • Our Beloved Summer – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

What would happen if two teenagers who couldn’t stand each other had to shoot a documenty together? And what would happen if they dated each other for five years to break-up and meet again five years later to shoot yet another documentary together?

Yes, the synopsis is convoluted but I still loved it. I’m very biaised because I’ve been a Kim Da Mi stan since watching Itaewon Class and I was dying to see her in another drama. I really liked the two main characters, the acting was superb and the ending was exactly what I wanted!

In February, I will be finishing the first season of The Witcher. I have watched the first two episodes so far and I really liked them. The show is not at all what I was expecting! I will probably also watch a K-drama or two (I have Beyond Evil and The Red Sleeve in mind right now) and a few Black Mirror episodes in February!

Post Recap

January was a really good blogging month for me! I always love writing all the end-of-the-year posts, it’s always very fun! I’m also happy with the two reviews I posted. πŸ˜€

February Reading Plans

I think small TBRs are the way to go for me, it’s very satisfying to read all the books on a TBR and, I also like having free room for mood reading.

Since February is Black History Month, I will focus on reading books by black authors. I think it’s important to read from different voices all year-long of course, but I am going to celebrate Black authors even more during Black History Month!

Here are the books that I would like to read this month:

How was January? Have you given your first five-star rating yet? πŸ˜€

5 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up & February Reading Plans | 2022

  1. I’d definitely recommend The Red Sleeve — I went in expecting some cheesy stuff and then got totally hooked by Episode 3. The show is based on a true historical story, so that adds to the appeal and… well, I loved pretty much everything about this show, even the bittersweet ending.


  2. When I saw that you read A Tale for the Time Being and that you gave two books five stars, I thought, “I hope A Tale for the Time Being is one of them.” πŸ˜€ I kind of forgot how depressing it was until I reread it in 2020, but it really is a beautiful powerful story.

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