Hello, hello! So, the year started with me sobbing about The Dragon Republic and then starting The Burning God broke me all over again. Since then, I have had a fairly good month. I might not have read a lot of books this month but I have been happy with the books I did read. According to my reading goal for the year, I am one book behind already. I am not too worried but I am also kinda disappointed in myself? I don’t know it’s a weird feeling at the moment. Oh, well.
In any case, let’s get into what I did on the blog during the month, shall we?
I didn’t deviate much from my routine of these except for the fact that I forgot/ chose not to post once in each of them. I didn’t post the weekly meme because I wasn’t feeling well and I kinda forgot the timing of the Down the TBR Hole in a monthly schedule and it just never happened. Oops? Hopefully, I am better next month.
I did quite a lot of different posts than usual because it is generally good to set some goals for myself so that I can judge myself at the end of the year. Of course, a little bit of leftover from last month did come up because there simply wasn’t any time for me to post Top Book Series of 2020. However everything else is, perhaps, a very generic list of books/series/genres I want to read during the year.
Books on my TBR by Asian Authors
Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2021 (Science Fiction)
Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2021 (Fantasy)
So, yeah. I did what every other person in the bookish world does at the start of the year. It’s good because it works and I just like to gawk at the book covers.
I wrote up the reviews of the series as soon as I read and finished it? Who even am I? This trilogy consumed my life for the time I was reading it and even at the oddest of times, I remember bits about it and just feel heartbroken okay? I had to blab about it here and maybe on Instagram.
As usual, I also bought a few books and they are all here on the post! Who would I be if I didn’t? I might be about to find out soon. I am hoping to curb this buying impulse and setting some goals for that as well. Let’s see how those pan out. I will talk about the goals after I have accomplished them because book buying is a thing I do not want to jinx, okay?
I didn’t read a lot this month and part of the reason could be the hangover from The Poppy War trilogy that kinda hit me near the end of the month. It was ridiculous but I kept thinking about that trilogy and how things could have been different if some of the characters had made different choices. Ugh. It’s the worst.
The Burning God by R. F. Kuang
Kuang gave this trilogy the only perfect ending she could have given if I am being honest and while she was doing that, she also hurt my heart in various ways. That was to be expected though. Kuang, I think, always set out to be wrench people’s hearts out and she succeeded so thoroughly. I can’t even say I loved the series or the concluding book because god, can you love something that gave you heartbreak/heartache and made you cry?
The Drowning Faith by R. F. Kuang
It’s the fifteen page extra from Nezha’s pov from The Poppy War trilogy and that also broke my heart. Is anyone surprised?
The Last Lies of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides
I loved this trilogy as well! The concluding novel might have let me down a bit and made me a bit sad but overall, I think this series can definitely be fun and if you haven’t read it already and you are a fan of heists and dragons and such, then give it a try. It’s seriously fun.
The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick
This was one of my anticipated books for the year and while it was good, it didn’t blow my mind. I didn’t love it and I am kinda sad about it. There’s so much I wanted out of this book once I started understanding what was happening and those things never happened. Oh, well. You can’t always get what you want, I suppose. I still gave it 3.5 stars though so it’s a good book overall!
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
The most delightful book of the month award goes to this one. My god, I loved it so much and I was ready to devour it in one day but I stopped myself from doing that because I didn’t want this book to end. There are tropes by the dozen and did I care about them? God, no! They were done in a way where they worked perfectly within the story for me. Everything just worked for me, you know? It was awesome and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
I know, not too many books were read but the ones I did read were great, okay? Also I totally blame The Poppy War trilogy for the almost slump that came over me at the end of the month. I did write the reviews as soon as possible once I was done with the trilogy though, I should get cake for that, as a treat or something.
Also! I know a few places are going back to normal but there are many countries that are still struggling because of the virus. So, please, take all the precautions. Stay safe and take care of each other. Second waves are a thing and they are happening, please, don’t think it’s okay to let go of the precautions just yet, okay?
What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it the most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.
4 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up- January”
Don’t be too hard on yourself, January has been rough on everybody. I think it’s a combination of hitting the second year of this pandemic and knowing it’s not going to get better any time soon. I want to make summer plans and I don’t know what my country (UK) will be like then.
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Gosh, so sorry for the late comment but I thought I already did! And yeah, it’s possibly the combination of that and January feeling like it was still 2020 for some reason. Ah, hope you get to make some summer plans!
The Burning God broke me too but I can’t believe you read it straight after The Dragon Republic?? You are braver than I am 😂. Winter’s Orbit is so cute and I hope February is better for you!
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I had to know what happened next because I am impatient like that. Oops! Also, yes, Winter’s Orbit is very cute! Thanks for stopping by!
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