January 2021 Wasn’t A Wash

Hi friends! Today I’m here to share my January 2021 wrap up. I’m sorry that I continue to be absent from here. I had every intention of starting fresh in 2021 with a goals or anticipated releases post but what had happen was…I don’t really have bookish goals and I’m out of the loop with releases. I did enough research to make an anticipated list (SIX WHOLE BOOKS! LMAO), but the adapter for my macbook went out, the replacement got lost in transit and I ended up having to wait until I was refunded to go buy a replacement in person. By the time I got the new adapter, that “new year, new me. Omg I feel so inspired” energy I felt completely vanished. (Btw, I’m exaggerating the time it took to get the adapter. I think it was only about a week, but my motivation dried up that quickly.) Anyways, let’s talk about the rest of January.

Books

I struggled at the beginning of January for a bit. Couldn’t figure out what I was in the mood to read and everything I picked up didn’t keep my attention. At some point I contemplated purging my entire physical TBR shelf. Basically, I thought the month was going to be wash and I’d start 2021 in another slump, but somehow it turned around and I made it through eight books.

🌿 Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson – First read of 2021. Gut wrenching story about a missing black teen girl. The timeline aspect was a bit confusing but still an emotional read.

🌿 The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – Loved the characters and liked the plot once it got going, but I didn’t love this book as much as I expected to. I’ll probably continue the series though.

🌿 All Systems Red by Martha Wells – I had fun reading this. I loved Murderbot and reading this confirmed what I already knew: contemplative robots and AI characters are one of my favorite elements in scifi. Want to explore more books with this element.

🌿 Almond by Won Pyung-Sohn – I picked this up because Yoongi and Namjoon (BTS members) read it during In the Soop last year (BTS tv show). I really enjoyed it. I wish i knew Korean because it would’ve been interesting to read this in the language it was originally published.

🌿 Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark – Honestly I had no idea what to expect when I picked this up because I didn’t read the synopsis. I saw it on a few people’s end of year list and I thought it was nonfiction. To my pleasant surprise it was speculative fiction/fantasy. I loved the story and the characters were endearing.

🌿 In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren – I thought everything about this book was just okay. The characters and romance were okay. The plot okay. The writing okay. Nothing stood out to make me dislike or love it. I don’t think the time loop did anything for the story though. I expected more chaos and craziness to ensue but it followed the same plot points after a few resets.

🌿 Rent A Boyfriend – So I was going through my Instagram story archive today (February 1) and apparently this is a book I was looking forward to reading last year. I don’t even remember posting that because last year was…yeah. Anyways, I thought the story was cute. Wasn’t crazy about the romance but I liked the characters a lot.

🌿 The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark – A friend recommended this to me either in 2019 or last year. Can’t remember. Finally picked it up and I really enjoyed it. I’m bias here but I just loved the way Haitian history is weaved into this adventure. Wish it had been a little bit longer.


Life

📍 I bought a new tv. I was nervous at first but I’m very happy with the purchase because I had been using a tv my best friend gave me for about 4 years. I love it but being home because of the pandemic made me want a bigger screen to enjoy all the BTS content I consume. Thanks to birthday money from my mom, I upgraded to a smart tv! I’m having so much fun re-watching BTS content on a 55”.

📍 I bought an Apple Watch using a gift card my internet provider gave me for signing up for service when I moved last August. I’ve been absent from here for a long time so most of you don’t know that I challenged myself to walk 10,000 steps a day in October and have successfully done that every day since. (I stopped going to the gym in March because of the pandemic). I was using my phone to track my steps but I felt limited because I had to have my phone with me at all times. The watch is much better for tracking and I’ve since learned that I actually take more steps throughout the day than I thought.

📍 My job re-opened in a limited capacity so I go into the office once a week now and get tested for COVID biweekly. It’s a requirement for anyone who comes into the building. The swab is very unpleasant but it’s not painful.

And that friends is a wrap on January 2021. Feels like 2021 is already flying by. Thanks so much for reading. I hope your days are full of love and you stay healthy. Let me know in the comments how January went for you. Did you read any of the books I mentioned in this post? What’d you think of them?

8 thoughts on “January 2021 Wasn’t A Wash

  1. P. Djèlí Clark quickly became one of my favorite authors last year and I have read most of their work already but have not yet got my hands on Ring Shout, super excited for it. I agree with Monday’s Not Coming, the timeline through me off for the majority of the time that I was reading it but when I got to the end I could not stop crying. Totally adding some more books to my TBR. Stay safe at work! Hope you have a great rest of 2021!

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