Hello everyone! Happy February!! I’m really happy that this January was a good reading month for me and also I can write a wrap-up post for it too. I was on a break from blogging since a few months and January also became the month I started posting again and more importantly felt happy doing so as well. So I’m very excited to share my January highlights!
BOOKS I READ
This month I managed to read 10 books and it makes me so happy because it’s been a long time since I was able to read these many books in a month. Long enough that I don’t even remember the last time this happened. More importantly, none of the reading felt forced and I was personally enjoying the reading this month. I kept my Goodreads goal for 50 books this year and I’m already 5 books ahead of schedule !!
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh– This magical, soft and atmospheric YA fantasy was my first read of the year and it was the best start to the year! It’s perfect for fans of the soulmate trope, Ghibli movie vibes and well-written characters! // Read my review.
Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee- This was an epic, emotional and satisfying conclusion to the Green Bone Saga! I had actually started reading this in December but once I started again I finished in a few days. Just a simply brilliant book. // Read my review.
A Lot like Adios by Alexis Daria- This second chance romance was super fun and had the perfect amount of angst, yearning and sexy. I listened to the audiobook for this one and really enjoyed it, would definitely recommend for all adult romance lovers! // Read my review.
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean– This was a cute and adorable YA rom-com about Izumi who finds out she’s the daughter of the Japanese monarch and is a princess! It was a good book which made me smile and I would recommend this to all fans of Princess Diaries and cute books! // Read my review.
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado- I picked up this memoir audiobook on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. This was a memoir of the author’s queer abusive relationship written in verse and it was intensely beautiful and I highly recommend this. Please be mindful of the content warning for this one.// Read my review here.
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraido Cordova- This beautiful magical realism book based on the life of Orquídea Divina and her progeny was simply amazing. It focused on the themes of family, loyalty, revenge and intergenerational trauma and I adored it so much and definitely recommend it. The audiobook was absolutely amazing too. // Read my review here.
Kim Jiyoung, born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo- This year I’m participating in the RM Book Challenge to read books recommended by Namjoon and this was one of the books of the month! It was a short but intense read and focused on the generational trauma of misogyny on the lives of women and it’s impact. It was an important read and a good one. // Read my review.
Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin- This was another short read, a literary fiction about a nameless woman in the town of Sokcho in Korea and her encounter with a French writer who has come to find inspiration in the town and is satying in the hotel she works in. It was an intriguing read and I had some mixed thoughts. It was a different read from what I usually read. // Read my review here.
The Heartless Divine by Varsha Ravi- This was a Sangan India inspired fantasy about reincarnated lovers and their past, present and future and how it’s connected. It was a good book and I absolutely loved the author’s writing style which was flowy and pretty. I had some down points too but overall I ended up enjoying this one. // Read my review.
The Forsaken Souls by Varsha Ravi- This was the sequel and conclusion to The Heartless Divine and I had got an arc for this one! I did enjoy the first book so was excited to read this one but unfortunately I did not end up loving it. Even though the plot was intriguing, there were just too many things happening at the same time which confused me and I also found it stretched at some points. // Read my review here.
BLOG POSTS I WROTE
Since this month I just started writing again, I couldn’t put out much as I was still trying to find a schedule which worked for me but I did manage to post two reviews of two of my favourite books and I was happy to get to gush about them!
POSTS I LOVED
- Kate @ Your Tita Kate recommended some amazing romance books right in time for Valentines Day!
- Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea shared a list of 2022 Releases which might have gone under your radar and I absolutely loved this list and found some amazing books!
- Gauri @ A Book and Chai interviewed June Hur who is one of my favourite authors too and I really enjoyed reading it!
- Sahi @ My World of Books shared some amazing anticipated releases list for the first half of 2022!
- CW @ The Quiet Pond shared this wonderful review of a Thousand Steps into Night by Traci Chee and it made me very excited for this book especially because I trust CW’S recommendations so much!
I also started posting on my Instagram again, though still not regularly. I don’t think I would be able to post 4-5 times a week like I usually did but I aim to atleast be able to post once or twice and hype the books I loved! You can follow me on Instagram to keep up with my posts!
I managed to start learning digital art which is something I’m very interested in, I hope I can draw something I’m proud of this month.
I usually don’t have a set monthly TBR since I’m a mood reader but the books I really wish to read this month are :
- Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
- Reread Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko so I can read the sequel Redemptor
- She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
- Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
- Portrait of a Thief by Grade D. Li
I hope you have a good February filled with lots of good books and good vibes!
How was your January? Did you read some good books or watched something interesting ? Tell me about it!