January Wrap Up

My January

January has been an interesting month both personally and on a global scale. The start of 2021 was marked by a national UK lockdown, the attack on the US Capitol, the Ugandan elections and Biden’s inauguration. Personally, I got rejected from Oxford, celebrated family birthdays in lockdown and went back to online school. It’s been a mixed month for sure! Hopefully you have also had some positives amongst the negatives in January.

For more details of my January, I have weekly updates:

Reading Stats

I read 9 books and 3624 pages, but by the end of today I should have read 10 books!

♡ my average rating was 3.9

3 physical books, 5 ebooks, 2 audiobooks

3 fantasy, 1 sci-fi, 1 classic, 1 contemporary, 1 horror, 1 historical fiction and 2 dystopian!

all adult

I’m shocked by how many genres I read this month! No YA sadly but I have a few I could read in February instead. There’s lots of range in the book format too, and I’m glad I’ve tried some more audiobooks. Overall, I’m really pleased with my reading month.

The Books


The Burning God: A heart-breaking ending to an amazing series! My full thoughts are in my spoiler-free review because I don’t know if I can talk about it again without getting emotional! I’m so ready for anything R F Kuang writes next.

The Fifth Season: This book blew my mind, it’s just genius. The world is very confusing at the start but so interesting to explore and I loved the characters and their relationships. There’s so much depth to it too, with the social commentary on race and climate change. I can’t wait to continue the series!


Piranesi: This book was so fun and intriguing. I love Piranesi’s character – he’s analytical but innocent at the same time. There was a small mystery too which was fun to see unravel. It’s a quiet book with little action but the world was what made it for me!

The Vanishing Half: I gave this 4.5 stars. I love a good character-driven novel and the characters in here were so developed and interesting. The themes were also strong, like colourism, family and identity. I think it’s also a great book if you want to get into historical fiction, because it explores issues we face today and captures the time really well.

Into the Drowning Deep: I gave this 4.5 stars too! I have a review coming soon, but for now all I’m going to say is that it was a tense horror book with killer mermaids and science and great representation.

Passing: I came across the spotify audiobook a few days ago and since it was already on my TBR I decided to squeeze it into the end of January. It was a very accessible classic (does it count as a classic if it was written in 1929?) and explores a range of issues like race, gender and sexuality. It’s definitely a book I would love to read again and pick apart with analysis.


tender is the flesh

Tender is the Flesh: The idea of this book – a society where certain humans are factory produced for consumption – is promising, but it lacked depth and a lot of the book just felt like it was written for shock value. I did not see that ending coming though.


Space Hopper: This was an ARC that took me 2 weeks to read, by audiobook as well. It only got interesting at around 80% and unfortunately it still wasn’t worth the wait. I didn’t care for the characters or the plot, but I can appreciate that it probably wasn’t aimed at me.

Never Let Me Go: Another ARC that didn’t work for me (don’t ask me why it was an ARC when it was published in 2010, I don’t know either!). The characters were bland and the way we move through the MC’s random memories didn’t work for me. I was expecting a much bigger and more impactful ending but sadly I was disappointed!



I’m currently 80% of the way through my ARC of Winter’s Orbit, so I’m determined to finish it by the end of today! I’m loving it so far – the romance is brilliant but I like how we focus on both characters individually, and it’s not the only plot point. There’s a lot of intrigue and mystery and I’m excited to see how it’ll finish! The publish date is 2nd February so I’m going to try and write a review on Goodreads before then!

Thanks for reading! How was your January?


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  1. I’m so sorry about Oxford – just remember that there are plenty of other great universities out there, too!
    On a happier note, it looks like you had a great reading month! I eventually want to get to quite a few of these myself 😉
    And finally, someone else who thought Never Let Me Go was kind of bland! I really liked the premise of the book, but thought the execution was a little underwhelming…

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      1. Well, I didn’t think it was awful, either – just kind of underwhelming. There’s a lot more beneath the surface than what is actually said. I think that’s just part of Ishiguro’s writing style though – I’ve also read The Buried Giant and felt very similarly about that one 😅 But I’m definitely interested in what you think if you do ever decide to read another Ishiguro book!

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  2. I’m sorry to hear about Oxford! Here’s hoping that everything happens for a reason and it’s all going to work out how it’s supposed to! ♥ It sounds like you had a great reading month!! TBG and The Fifth Season are definitely undertakings, that’s awesome that you loved them both! I’m hoping to read The Fifth Season this year, since so many people adore it! Sending positive vibes for February! ♥

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