Hi friends! I’m here to talk about my January, which was very unpredictable in terms of both reading and life. But that’s okay, because it makes for an *interesting* wrap-up!
My first read of the year has set quite the precedent for the rest of the year. Portrait of a Thief is a book that I can’t really rate, or even talk about in any sort of objective manner (which is rare for me). It’s a masterpiece of colonialism, art, and discussion on what it means to be part of the Asian-American diaspora. I’m planning on writing my senior thesis on the topic of art repatriation because of it. However, as a narrative…it’s weak. The heist aspect just glides right by. For me, this is mostly a 5 star read. For others, it just won’t be. I can’t wait to talk more about this in my review!
So uh…remember how I started a new manga series last month because the library didn’t have the Yona volumes I needed? Well, when I went back, they didn’t have the next installments of either series available. So I ended up starting another series and guess what? It’s actually really good! Vampire Knight Vol. 1 follows a girl who is part of a duo that makes sure the Night class (vampires) don’t interfere or interact with eh Day class (normal humans) at their boarding school. I’m really excited to see where the story goes next! 4.5/5 stars.
If you’ve been around for a bit, then you’ll know that I’ve been wanting to read Lore for forever. Unfortunately, it ended up being my most disappointing read of the month. The concept is amazing: a modern Hunger-Games-style fight between seven gods, and if you kill one you take their powers. I just really didn’t connect to the writing style, which made me feel bored even during the action scenes. Overall, I’d give this a 3/5 star rating.
January is going to be a nearly impossible month to beat as far as favorite books go because wow. All My Rage is, without a doubt, Sabaa Tahir’s best book yet. It’s so personal, heartwrenching, full of hope and grief and so many beautiful touches. Rarely has a story grabbed my heart quite like this one. We follow two characters, Salahudin and Noor, who are best friends and each are dealing with tragedy in different ways. That’s all I’m willing to say at the moment. Just go read this book if you get the chance. 5/5 stars.
I didn’t think I’d read a classic this month but…here we are I guess? Being a mood reader is really quite the experience. Anyways, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis got off to a terribly slow start but halfway through I was absolutely hooked. This is a fictional story following a man stuck in a town (basically hell) who takes a bus ride to heaven. Lewis presents an extraordinary allegory with really interesting ideas on the concepts of good, evil, and how we think about sin. I can’t wait to reread this and have a deeper understanding of the themes presented because there is just so much philosophical thought packed into this tiny story. 5/5 stars!
Love, Decoded is so funny to me. On the one hand, I obviously loved getting to see Asian girls rocking it in STEM. It was also surprisingly entertaining reading the absolute trainwreck of a plot that this book is. However…it was still a bit of a trainwreck. Our main character Gigi Wong is an oblivious rich girl archetype to a T. We follow her as she creates an app for a computer internship, while also navigating complex friendships and following in her great-aunt’s footsteps in the matchmaking business. I recently finished this one so I’m not totally sure yet, but I think it might be a 3.5/5 star read.
some favorite posts in the blogosphere this month!
Purple Rose shares her word for the year!
Anoushka shares her stats for the year and answers some end-of-year questions!
Sophie also talks about her end-of-year stats, and highlights some great books!
You know that 12 books for 12 friends trend? Riddhi has a post featuring her picks for the year, and a lot of them look so fantastic!
Raji posted a wonderfully written review of Daughter of the Moon Goddess that makes me even more excited to read it!
Aria talked about her top 21 reads of 2021 and there are so many books in such a diverse array of genres!
Lotus discussed goals for 2022 and a reading wrap-up for 2021, complete with beautiful graphs!
Inkwords and Ash wrote a wonderful article discussing why YA dystopia seems to have met its end (sort of). I loved every point!
I loved getting to go see Phil Wickham in concert this month. I did not, however, love getting back to school. I also had a round 2 of COVID (sorta) which messed up both my reading, blogging, and blog-hopping habits. I need to ease back into it, so thank you all so much for your patience! If you have a blog post that you love that I totally missed reading on my mini, unofficial hiatus please drop the link below!
So that’s it! How was your month? Favorite read or highlight?