January 2022 Wrap Up

It’s still so weird to write ‘2022’ right there, because it’s not 2021 anymore. It’s not 2021 anymore. How is this possible? (it’s also weird for me to write ‘2022’ there because I really only just started acknowledging that I have to put the year, because I have more than one January wrap up now).

Can we also just acknowledge that it’s now been a year since my ridiculous, insanely long January 2021 wrap up? Like that happened a year ago, and that consists of like…90% of my bookish fame. Right there. (joking, I don’t have bookish fame).

I read fifteen books this month, which is very good for me, and definitely the best reading month I’ve had since school started this year! This month, my reviews were all over the place, and I had more than one rating of 2, 3, 4 and 5 stars.

  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf. I got this book for Christmas, but don’t know much about it, but it was really interesting and I enjoyed about! It’s about the 1969 race riots in Malaysia, something I’d never heard before, but it was good to learn about! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo. I’d read a book by Christo before and enjoyed it, though I don’t see much hype around her books. This book gave off pretty big Six of Crows vibes, it felt like a slightly less-good version of Six of Crows until the climax hit, but I still liked it! ⭐⭐⭐
  • A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger. I loved this one so much. There’s not much a plot for a big part of the book, but honestly I was enjoying the story enough that I didn’t care. The characters are awesome! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: Down Comes the Night: A Novel: 9781250623638: Saft, Allison:  Books
  • The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson. Multiverse books are always interesting and I’m never entirely sure what to think. I enjoyed parts of this story, but I always feel like multiverse books will have plot holes or at least worldbuilding holes. ⭐⭐⭐
  • Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft. I was not entirely sure what I was going to think of this one, because I found the beginning really slow, but it picked up and I ended up enjoying this one! ⭐⭐⭐
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. This book was awesome. It’s been a while since I read such a high-fantasy-esq book (I’m aware I’ve read at least one high fantasy this month…but this one just had such a vibe you know?) and the world and characters in this book were so vibrant. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: Crier's War (Crier's War, 1): 9780062823946: Varela, Nina: Books
The Stonekeeper: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #1) (1): Kibuishi, Kazu, Kibuishi,  Kazu: 0000439846811: Amazon.com: Books
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab. My first book by Schwab! Finally! I can definitely see where the hype came from on this one, though I didn’t really feel the hype myself. It was an enjoyable book, though. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela. This one got better progressively, and I ended up really enjoying it! I’m not a huge fan of sci fi (I say, having read two this month) but this one was super cool. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. This is a graphic novel series, and I usually don’t put graphic novels up here, but it was an entire 8 book series, so I thought I should. This is a super fun series, I’ve read the first few books in the past, but never the entire series straight through. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: Iron Widow: 9780735269934: Zhao, Xiran Jay: Books
Amazon.com: Fable: A Novel (Fable, 1): 9781250254368: Young, Adrienne: Books
  • Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber. Given that I wasn’t a huge fan of Caraval, I didn’t have super high hopes going into this one, and unfortunately I was right and didn’t enjoy this a whole lot. There were definitely aspects of the story that were fun, but overall it was eh. ⭐⭐
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. This is one that everyone’s been raving about. I did end up enjoying it, but less than I expected, which was a little bit of a disappointment to me, since I’d really been anticipating loving this one. ⭐⭐⭐
  • Fable by Adrienne Young. A classic pirate adventure (not a literal classic, for the record). This one felt a bit bland to me, and I also did not like the romance, it came out of nowhere. ⭐⭐⭐
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
Amazon.com: Furia: 9781616209919: Méndez, Yamile Saied: Books
Amazon.com: Iron Heart (Crier's War, 2): 9780062823977: Varela, Nina: Books
  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart. This was a book that I was very much reading on again off again, so I’m not sure that I’m the best person to talk about it, but personally I felt like it was kind of confusing (read above before you take my opinion with a grain of salt) and just overall did not enjoy it very much. ⭐⭐
  • Furia by Yamile Saeid Mendez. Aaah, I love sports books so it’s always a treat to read one! This one was awesome, I’m not a soccer fan but I still enjoy reading about it and I really liked a lot of the plot! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Iron Heart by Nina Varela. Sequel to Crier’s War, I think I enjoyed this one more than the first, actually! It felt like a very different book, but it was still really enjoyable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

January’s goals:

  • Read at least 5 books✅
  • Drink water
  • Keep up with your book google form thing✅

It was January 10th when I finished five books this month, so that was definitely nice. I didn’t end up drinking as much water as I was kinda going for, but I definitely drank some, and I have been keeping up with tracking my books! Hooray!

February goals:

  • Keep up with my posting!
  • Drink. Water.

I don’t have many goals for February, mainly because I don’t want to force myself to create goals that I don’t actually want to do/don’t think I need to do. But I would love to keep posting every weekend as I’ve done this month, so that’s definitely a goal of mine.

  • I finished my English project! I had a giant group project in English that we’ve been working on since November and we finally had our presentation in the middle of January. It went pretty well, despite a slight freak out at the beginning of the day because two of my group members were unable to show up and we had to reconfigure the script.
  • We also had our first snow day of the year, and got quite a bit of snow, which was pretty nice because snow is always fun.
  • The last week of January was finals week, which was semi-stressful but not a whole lot, because I didn’t actually have that many tests. I also got really ahead in homework on the first few days so it was actually kind of chill.
  • COVID kinda blew up at the beginning of January, which I think is pretty much what happened all over, and my school had a lot of cases, but I myself did not get it and I think it’s dying down now!
  • I also started listening to audiobooks again this month, which is not something that I do very often, but so far I’ve been enjoying what I hear! If anyone has any audiobook recommendations, I would definitely enjoy hearing them!
  • Wordle. Do I need to say anymore? Because Wordle has kind of taken over everything, like EVERYONE plays it now. If you don’t, it’s a word game where you have to guess a five letter word in six tries, and there’s one word per day.

How was your month? Have you read any of these books? Do you have any audiobook recommendations?

24 thoughts on “January 2022 Wrap Up

  1. Aah, thank you so much for mentioning my post Phoenix- I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Yay for the good reading month you had! Honestly, I didn’t buy into Addie LaRue’s hype either, but I didn’t like it enough to give it 4 stars either…
    Great post Phoenix- hope you February’s as good as January!

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  2. ooh i think this is the first time I’m seeing a review which is not “I FELL IN LOVE, 5 STARS” for down comes the night haha. I’m pretty excited to pick it up soon, lets see how it goes.
    Ah yes Wordle. It’s EVERYWHERE.
    thank you for linking my post phoenix!!

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    1. Haha yeah I just don’t think that Down Comes The Night is my favorite genre of book, because it’s a fantasy but less like adventure and stuff. But I really hope that you enjoy it when you read it!
      Wordle is indeed taking over the world. It seems like everyone at school plays it, I was really surprised when I found out that so many people play because it seems like a game that not a lot of people would play because it’s a word game.
      Of course, it was such a fun post!

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  3. I’m glad you had a good reading month, there’s so many books here! I read iron widow last year and I had almost the same thoughts as yours. I expected to love it but it fell flat for me, mostly in the second half of the book. But it was fun though, and I loved the vibe of the entire book, if you know what I mean.
    Hope u have a great February as well!

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    1. Yesss thank you, it was a much better reading book than I’d been expecting. Yeah, my problem with Iron Widow was just that it wasn’t at all what I was expecting, and because it was so different I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I might have. Glad to hear that I’m not the only one with those thoughts, since everyone seems to love it! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  4. Happy to see you had a pretty successful reading month in general! Thanks for including my post, I’m glad you enjoyed it 💕 Also, I hope you have better luck next month when it comes to drinking water (an obvious tip is to have a water bottle on you at all times, I find that I drink a lot more just because it’s there)

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    1. Thank you! Of course, your post was awesome! Haha yes, I too hope that I can drink more water this month. That is a good tip; I usually have a water bottle with me because I’m at school so I have it in my backpack, but I guess since I don’t usually see it in my back, I just don’t drink from it much. I do think that I’m doing better this month though!

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  5. Love this post!! Your first paragraph is so relatable, haha.
    15 books? That’s amazing! 🎉🎉
    glad you had a wonderful reading month, and i hope feb is just as great!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Haha yeah starting a new year is always kinda crazy! Yesss I was really happy about the number of books I read as well, it’s the most I’ve read since the start of school! Thank you so much, I hope that you have a great reading month as well!

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  6. sorry you didn’t love iron widow as much as you were anticipating to! i enjoyed it a lot when i read it, but now that a few months have passed, i can see a few things that i didn’t really love about it haha. but black sun is absolutely amazing and i cannot wait for the sequel!! glad that you stayed safe from covid and YES to wordle ❤ have a great february!!

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    1. I’m glad that you loved Iron Widow when you read it! I feel like that happens to me sooo much, I love a book when I read it, and then a few months later I just wonder why the heck I enjoyed it so much. Black Sun is really great, I enjoy a very specific type of epic fantasy that most books do NOT satisfy but Black Sun is one of the few that does. (this specific type is like LOTR-esque but easier to read and more diverse? idek). Wordle has taken over everything lol. I really hope that it doesn’t get paywalled!!! I think a lot of people would get really angry about that haha. Have a great february for you, too!

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  7. You read so many books in January!! Omg
    I only managed to read six 😂😭.
    The only one I’ve read from your list is Addie larue, and it was fun i guess.
    Nice wrap up! Hope you have a nice February!
    Also, i sent a mail to you a little while back. Do lemme know if you got it.

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    1. Haha yeah I was pretty impressed with how much I was able to read. ‘fun i guess’ lol what were your thoughts on Addie LaRue? Personally, I really didn’t see the hype. Thank you so much, I hope you have a great february as well!
      I DID SEE IT. I’m so sorry, I saw the email back when you sent it, but then I completely forgot about it…it says to respond within the next five days of the email having been sent, are you still accepting responses or is it too late? I am so sorry.

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      1. Yes, i think Addie larue is overrated too. I liked the start and the end but the middle just kind of dragged on, but at the same time i didn’t think it was that bad. Just a bit too hyped.
        And oh i see. It’s fine. You can still respond if you are willing to as our posts will be delayed due to certain reasons.

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