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January Wrap-Up: WHO EVEN CARES

WOW, I THOUGHT DECEMBER WAS BAD.

PRESIDENT-SANCTIONED INSURRECTION? MUTATED STRAINS OF COVID-19? A SECOND IMPEACHMENT?

CAN WE PLEASE CATCH A BREAK? PLEASE?

Last month, I worked even more mandatory overtime.

Oh, and I turned 28 during quarantine.

This is not exactly the fresh start I’d hoped for.

I’m trying to stay optimistic.

“Trying,” of course, being the operative word.

January Life Updates

I turned 28, as I mentioned, my first quarantine birthday.

It was quiet. I felt pretty depressed, yet still managed to wring some joy out of the occasion.

My parents helped me fix up my apartment and my dad put together a bookshelf. Almost all of my books are off the floor now, along with my dishes. I’ve been in this apartment for over a year and it’s starting to look like a home.

We ate very delicious burgers. It was a nice day.

I finally got my unemployment issue worked out and considered using the money to go back to school.

I’m not sure if this is still something I want to pursue.

I deleted OkCupid again to focus on work. For once, I feel good about this decision.

Also, my friends talked me into playing Steam games. I have logged a ton of hours in Undertale, Stardew Valley, Dream Daddy, Hunie Pop, and Death & Taxes.

I’m a GAMER now.

Death & Taxes is my most recent purchase and possibly my favorite game. I’m on my way to unlocking all the endings.

I feel a LOT of resentment toward Undertale, so much that I’m tempted to draft a post about it. So many of my friends love the game and I can (sort of) see why. I feel like some of the game’s elements, though, are antithetical to my personality.

FOR INSTANCE, I don’t find it encouraging when the game tells me, “IT CAN’T END NOW! STAY DETERMINED!”

I’ll have you know I can do WHATEVER I WANT.

On to reading stats.

January Stats

In January, I completed a total of 15 books and DNFed 3 books.

Of the books I read,

  • 61% were fiction
  • 17% were non-fiction
  • 22% were graphic novels
  • 78% were physical books
  • 17% were audiobooks
  • 5% were e-books
  • 61% were Young Adult
  • 39% were Adult
  • 50% were new books
  • 50% were rereads

Thank God for rereads.

I added desired rereads to my physical TBR; so far, it’s helping me stay on track!

I started using different formats last month! I swapped favorite series’ with a friend of mine and opted for audiobooks when I couldn’t find the first book in print.

Now I’m hooked! I listen to audiobooks during work!

I just finished The Silvered Serpents and have Girl, Crushed and In Other Lands queued up.

I think I’ll try catching up on rereads using audiobooks.

As I said before, I’ve stopped calculating my average rating for the month. I’m tired.

I will break down my genres, though.

Pie chart titled "January Genre Breakdown"
Memoir: 5.6%
Spirituality: 5.6%
Sci-fi: 5.6%
Humor: 5.6%
Literary: 5.6%
Horror: 11.1%
Contemporary: 33.3%
Fantasy: 27.8%

I’m honestly shocked by how large that Contemporary slice is.

I blame Meg Cabot.

I have a few poetry books and some horror novels on my Februrary TBR. Expect a VERY different pie chart next month.

Notable Books

I started the month with some graphic novels.

Mooncakes was more action-oriented than I was expecting.

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

There were QUESTS! GHOSTS! MAGIC FIGHTS! And a really cute romance.

The Magic Fish broke my LIL HEART.

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

I love Trung Le Nguyen’s art so much. If you like fairy tales, you’ll love this novel.

SPEAKING OF TALES, I FINISHED LEGENDBORN AND WOW.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: Some legacies are meant to be broken.

I don’t have words for how good this book is. Tracy Deonn is incredibly talented.

I can’t wait for the sequel and highly recommend everyone read Legendborn before it comes out.

On the less positive side of things, I read Clown in a Cornfield.

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

I DON’T agree with the idea that all modern social issues can be boiled down to generational differences.

I don’t even think the AUTHOR gibes with the idea that much.

I REALLY resented the implication that the kids are all right because LOOK, Black and queer teens are invited to parties! NO RACISM OR HOMOPHOBIA HERE! ONLY OLD PEOPLE ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO HARMFUL BELIEFS!

The final straw came when I read the acknowledgments, where Cesare told the reader to reread the book if they didn’t like it.

Surely the reason I didn’t like this book is because I didn’t fully UNDERSTAND it.

THE ARROGANCE.

I reread the first book in The Mediator series and I have…regrets.

The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot

The book contains some VERY aggressive 2000s tropes, including (unfortunately) Not Like the Other Girls.

I listened to the audiobook and my jaw dropped when I heard one of the characters use an anti-queer slur.

I don’t think I’ll continue the series.

I finally read Orpheus Girl and it wasn’t what I expected.

(Minor spoilers ahead)

Orpheus Girl: A Novel by Brynne Rebele-Henry

I thought it used its one trans character solely to up the queer pain quotient.

The teens also crashed their escape vehicle, which INFURIATED me.

Overall, wasn’t for me.

Biggest book news from last month: I finally finished The House in the Cerulean Sea.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

I LOVED the children, especially Chauncey.

In my favorite scene, the children discuss whether they could be villains, a conversation I have ABSOLUTELY had with one of my friends.

I can see why so many people love this book.

That was last month.

Hate to say I’m starting out this month already exhausted.

Just going to keep gaming and hoping for something good to happen.

Author:

Lover of cheese and performative angst. I love to call out, complain, overreact, analyze, and reimagine. This site contains the fruit of that labor.

5 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up: WHO EVEN CARES

  1. Happy (belated) birthday!
    Looks like you had a good reading month! I hope February is just as good readingwise, better in other ways!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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