This is my first Wrap up in forever. This will include what I’ve read for the second half of the month, plus stats. If you want to see my mid-month wrap up for January, be sure to follow the link.
Let’s take a look at what January looked like.
Total Books Read: 14
Total Books DNF’d: 1
Genres Read Most: Graphic Novels (3), Fantasy (2), Mystery (2), and Romance (2)
Average Page Length: 156/day
Total Pages: 4,822
Average Star Rating: 3.79
Star Break Down
5⭐ – 1
4⭐ – 10
3⭐ – 2
2⭐ – 1
1⭐ – 0
Adult – 5
New Adult – 3
YA – 3
Middle Grade – 3
New 2021 Releases – 0
Backlist – 14
Library – 3
ARC – 1
Own – 10
Yes – 2
No – 12
Main Character – 3
Present (meaning side characters, but may not be mentioned often) – 4
Absent – 5 (OMG this is 50% this not where I want to be each month)
Standalone – 4
Series – 10
*finished 2 series already!
POC – 5
Gender – 1 (man), 13 (women), 0 (nonbinary) 0 (genderfluid)
Own Voices – 3
*I am so disappointed with this number – and sadly my TBR for February looks it may not be much better. I will need to keep that in mind when picking out my books for March!
Sanctuary (Sanctuary #1) by Caryn Lix
This was a re-read for me. I still absolutely loved it. The mystery of what’s happening on the space station was tense and I loved the romance. The misfits group of characters we follow are all interesting (well except for a couple, but they kind of…. well doesn’t matter). I did find some extra details here and there that I don’t remember from my first read through. I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series (another re-read).
I gave it 4⭐
✔ Read More Scifi
The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3) by Theodora Goss
This entire series ended up surprising me. It was recommended to me by a friend years ago and I finally picked it up. Fell in love it with and the interruptions of the girls within the story. This one kind of continues with the same idea, just a slightly different mystery. I didn’t feel it felt exactly the same because the main villains from the previous books weren’t involved, but the overall feel of the book, plot, and characters were still really enjoyable.
I ended up giving this one 4⭐
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Owned before 2021
✔ Finished a series
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger
This one you should see a review for. I haven’t decided if I want to read the entire series and do a mini review for each book or just a normal review for each one – time will tell. I can’t wait to see how the romance develops in book 2 though!
I did give this one I gave 3.5⭐
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Owned before 2021
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
This is another one you’ll get a separate review for. I did love the artwork and it wasn’t fully what I was expecting. It ended up with 4⭐
✔ Diverse Reading
Winterhouse (Winterhouse #1) by Ben Guterson
I plan on writing a separate review for this one. I loved it though! This book helped me realize that I do still like middle grade that aren’t based in a fantasy world! I gave this one 4⭐
None – this book wasn’t on my radar before this month.
Brother by Ania Ahlborn
This again is another book I’m planning on writing a full review for – and likely a spoiler one because I feel like most of what I would need to talk about would be largely spoilers.
✔ Read More Horror
The Sea Witch (Wicked Villains #5) by Katee Robert
I started binging this series last year over the summer and fell in love. At that time I hadn’t read many smut books, but wanted to try the subgenre out. What better place to start than sexualizing your Disney childhood favourites lol.
So that’s it. Let me know if you want to know anything else. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to include in the end of month wrap up. Also, please recommend some amazing Own Voices books or books written by POC or LGBTIAQ+ authors that I should prioritize this year.