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! 😀
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.
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 – ★★★★★ – 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 – ★★★★★ – This book is terribly depressing but I read it at the perfect time.
- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – ★★★★☆ – 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 – ★★★★☆ – 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 – ★★★★ – 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 – ★★★☆ – Not as good as the Luna novels but I liked being back in this world.
- Clarkesworld #171 edited by Neil Clarke – ★★★ – An average issue of Clarkesworld with a few good stories.
- Interzone #285 edited by Andy Cox – ★★★ – Another average issue with a few good stories.
- The Fallen by Ada Hoffman – ★★★ – Amazing worldbuilding but too angsty for me.
- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – ★★ – 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.
- 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)
- Nobody Knows – ★★★☆
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 – ★★★★★
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!
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. 😀
- Reading Updates
- Book Reviews
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? 😀