Does anyone else feel completely shocked by the fact that the first month of the new year is already over? I don’t know where the time has gone, but I simultaneously feel like all of my days drag on. I definitely wanted to write more reviews for the month, but truthfully my personal life has been all over the place so far this year, which has caused some setbacks in not only writing reviews but also in reading.
I’ve also been playing a lot of video games with a group of my friends lately, and I’m not allowing myself to feel guilty for that. Like I mentioned when I set my 2022 reading goals, I want to take all the stress away from reading, which means I don’t beat myself up for enjoying other hobbies that aren’t reading. We’re only a month in, but it feels really good.
That being said, I still managed to read 8 books in January! It might not seem like a huge amount, but one of those was the compendium to the Saga comic series, which was over 50 single issues and 1,300+ pages. Here are all the books I read this month:
Looker by Laura Sims was an extremely old ARC that I received a copy of. It was arguably my least favorite that I read in January, despite being one of the shortest. It was marketed as a psychological thriller, but I was bored as there was little to no plot. I also didn’t enjoy The Push by Ashley Audrain, mostly because I felt it had already been done before. All of my friends ranted and raved about it, but to me it felt like a blatant copy of We Need to Talk about Kevin or Baby Teeth.
Six Crimson Cranes was my favorite read of the month, and I have a full review coming soon, because that book truly deserves all the praise and key-smashing. Saga and The Burning Girls were other top favorites in January for completely different reasons. Saga is arguably the best space opera of all time (I said what I said), and The Burning Girls was a great thriller with twists and turns I didn’t see coming.
The other big project was rebuilding my library! This happened way faster than I was expecting it to, but once I found the perfect shelves I bit the bullet and committed. I was tired of having cheap shelves that bowed with the weight of all my books; I wanted shelves that are more sturdy since I have so many books. I absolutely love the shelves I bought! I also moved my shelves from my office into their own room (complete with reading/lounge chair, naturally) that gets a gorgeous amount of sunlight and is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house.
I don’t know what I’ll do when I inevitably buy more books and run out of room with these shelves, but for now, I’m extremely happy. I do keep my BOTM picks on a different shelf in another room, so that helps clear space as well.
In terms of reading goals for February…I have none! And it’s great! In January I was part of a book club where we get paired with a buddy who picks three books for us to read based on a selected theme. In January I read only one of those books, but honestly I just wasn’t in the mood to read the others, and that’s okay! That’s the approach I’m taking into February with me, and it feels amazing to have no stress about my favorite hobby anymore.