Wrap Ups and Hauls

January Wrap Up

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and are staying safe. I know most people have probably already said this but how are we in February all ready. Last month I was definitely feeling pretty slumpy both in regards to reading and blogging. I spent most of the month focusing on a big decision that I had to make which left little energy for much else, while also trying to cope with the cold 🥶 as I am not use to such low temperatures that I have been experiencing recently. Anyway the decision was about whether I extend my time as an au pair America for up to an extra year and whether or not to stay with the same family. Ultimately I have decided to stay as while I do miss home at times an opportunity like this isn’t going to come around like this again. I also decided to stay with my hot family as they have been so kind and welcoming to me, I adore my host kids and couldn’t imagine spending another year anywhere else.

Books

Anyway, on to the books I read this month. So At the end of last year I had gotten into a really bad habit of picking up serval books at a time and then never actually finishing them to the point where I came into 2022 with around 6 books in my currently reading pile which was really stressing me out. So I made it a goal for January not to start anymore books and to focus on finishing those I had already started. I had hoped to get through all of them this month, that didn’t quite happen but I did mange to finish three and I DNFed another.

Starting with the book I DNFed this was A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass and was also a NetGalley ARC that I received. This book follows four witches whose family has been banned from using magic, however not all of them are sticking to this rule and turns things upside down when she decides to bewitch one of the other partners and run off to New York and it’s up to the rest to figure out whose partner has been bewitched and stop her without drawing suspicion from the Grand Council of Witches. This sounded like an interesting and fun read however fell pretty flat for me. None of the characters were that interesting and the overall plot just seemed really petty and I gave up on it around 20% of the way through.

Next was a reread of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, this is one of my favorite books and as always never ceases to put a smile on my face.

Next I finished a non-fiction book this being America’s National Parks by John Boslough. I really enjoyed learning more about the parks and in particular how the landscapes where created over time and I have definitely added quite a few more places to my TBR.

Lastly I finished Bi the Way by Lois Shearing. This was an informative read that covers a lot of different topics and I liked the amount of personal accounts throughout. However, it’s discussion of pansexuality could have been done more respectfully and some of the language used was panphobic.

I still have a few books that I started in 2021 that I’m hoping to finish this month.

Other

In January I finally watched American Horror Story: 1984 and was suprised by how much I enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it since neither Sarah Paulson or Evan Peters are in this season but honestly despite this it’s still now one of my favorite seasons.

Spreading the Love


How was your January?? What was your favorite book??

7 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. Wow! That sounds like quite the difficult decision to make, but I’m glad that you settled on decision that felt right to you.

    I also tried to finish up some reads that I started in 2021, in January of 2022, but I wasn’t as successful as you were. I only managed to get one finished, and make some progress on a second book. And then I didn’t make much progress in February either, since I only read 3 books and 2 were ARCs. But I’m hopeful that in the next few weeks I’ll complete the books that I carried over from 2021!

    Also, thank you so much for mentioning my post! I’m so glad you enjoyed it enough to share it! 💕

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