Monthly Wrap-Up – January 2021

Usually in these posts I am wondering how the month can be over. Not this month! This had to be the longest month ever! It just dragged by, and the weather certainly didn’t help much. We had almost 8″ of rain this month! I know Seattle has a reputation of being very rainy, but trust me this is a lot for us. I was really hoping for some snow this month, but no luck yet. Hopefully we will get some soon.

Well the rain certainly made for a good reading month, as there was very little else to do. I managed to get 18 books read, which is above my average for January. There were a couple that were just not my thing, but the rest were excellent and some even made me smile and feel happy! I am going to list them in reading order so hold on to your seat as we take a look back…

Book titles with an * have reviews attached. All other titles are linked to their GoodReads page.

Ever Cruel Kingdom* was an excellent ending for this duology. I really enjoyed it!

Tilly and the Book Wanderers was a bit of a dud for me. It was ok, just not as special as I wanted it to be.

Crush* was awesome and I loved every second of this really long book! Can’t wait till March when book three finally comes out!

One Jar of Magic was also a bit underwhelming for me. I need to write the review soon as it was an ARC. I’m kind of struggling with it though.

Talk Nerdy to Me* was the perfect read for a rainy Saturday!

Among the Beasts and Briars* was also a nice read that I enjoyed quite a lot. Loved Fox!

Ancestor Approved* was a great middle grade short story collection that I really enjoyed.

White Trash Warlock* was really fun with a great main character and an interesting world hidden behind ours.

Crucible of Gold is the 7th book in the Temaraire series and I really enjoyed this one. South America developed a really interesting culture with their dragons, whose scales look like feathers!

Vampires Never Get Old was another anthology and unfortunately most of the stories fell a little flat for me.

The Wood* was better than I was expecting. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The ending was different and not what you typically find in YA stories.

A Fatal Lie* is a historical mystery with lots of twists and turns in very intricate and layered mystery involving murders and a kidnapped child.

Get a Clue* was just adorable and another great rainy day read.

The House on Vesper Sands * was really good, just wish I could have given it the attention it deserved. I think I will reread it at some point.

Blood of Tyrants was also really good, Japan and China and Russia. Laurence and Temeraire are quite the globe trotting pair. Really enjoyed the Japanese dragons.

The Dreaded Cliff was a fun middle grade book about a pack rat that goes on a big adventure. I hope to have review up for this one soon.

Wolfhunter River was really good, although I was a bit disappointed that the child kidnapping was not the focus of the whole book.

Never and Forever is the final book in the Wizards of Once series and it was really good. A fun time and a really interesting ending.

Well I doubt I will be able to top 18 books in February with it being a short month and all. But I do have a week off with not much else to do, so maybe I will get close. Especially if it continues to be as rainy as it has been. Which it will be, at least for the next few days anyways.

6 comments

  1. Great wrap up! Looks like you had a great start to the reading year 😊 I love the sound of the Book Boyfriends book–I’m definitely in a romance mood so might just have to give this one a go! Hope you have a great February 🙂

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