2021 January Wrap Up

I might not have gotten a lot read this month, but I managed to read something! And that’s more than I can say for the entirety of the last quarter of the 2020.

Not much has changed in the last month, reading wise. It wasn’t until the very last week of the month that I was able to actually sit down and get a decent amount of reading done. While it’s still a lot less than I usually read in a month, I’m extremely happy to be able to say that I got anything read. Sometimes it’s the small accomplishments that feel the greatest.

I’m also thrilled to be able to say that this marks the end of my reading slump. Though February is far from over, I’m happy to say that I’ve gotten more reading done so far this month than in the last four months combined! (Not that this was hard to do…) Here’s to more great reads in the coming months!

As always, here are some pictures of my pup, Yzma. August was pretty chill for her, September full of hikes and playdates. (Shameless plug for her adorable PupStagram account @YzmaTheHound):

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for January:

For reference: Physical books, eBooks, AudioBooks, and Library books.

Total books completed: 2

Total pages read: 514 pages (avg. 257 pages)

Completed Books:

  1. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children, Book 4)[5 stars] 327 pages
  2. A Conventicle of Magpies by LMR Clarke (The Bloodskill Duology, Book 1)[4 stars] 187 pages


Review Posts:

  1. Wolf’s Curse by Kelley Armstrong

Spotlight Posts:

  1. Debt-Free Asap! by John Nicholas
  2. The Bird That Sang in Color by Grace Mattioli
  3. Year in Review: 2020
  4. Redlined by Richard W. Wise
  5. Takakush by Raine Reiter
  6. The Book of Uriel by Elyse Hoffman

Wrap Up:

In an Absent Dream:

This prequel story tells the tale of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study than live up to the expectations of the world around her. When she finds a doorway to a world founded in logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. But everything has a cost in the goblin market…

I cried reading this. A lot. And it’s not even that sad of a story! I picked this book up to be my January pick for the Buzzword Readothon/Reading Challenge and loved every second of it. I felt that since this story is a prequel to the Wayward Children series there was no harm in reading it before picking up the actual first book in the series. And you’d better believe I plan on reading the rest of this series.

While I’ve heard nothing but good things about Seanan McGuire’s writing, I was still skeptical that this story would live up to the hype. Not only did it live up to the hype, but it became one of the best stories I’ve read in a long while. I adored seeing the ways in which Lundy worked within the rules, stretching them to suit her needs but never breaking them. I can’t wait to see what else this series has in store for me.

A Conventicle of Magpies:

Rook is a thief, and entirely unapologetic about it as she’s determined to do anything to ensure her mother and siblings survive the squalid and dangerous streets of Stamchester. Rook slips in and out of the homes of the ruling elite of Stamchester, the Avanish,like a shadow taking what she needs without regret.

Why should she? Had the Avanish not stolen her own people, the Saouiasei, from their own homes years before and transported them across the ocean to Stamchester to work as virtual slaves? And, now the Avanish had no more use for Rook and her people, where they not determined to dispose of them? The Avanish had already laid waste to a swathe of Saouiasei homes, a region which had become known as ‘The Scar’, in an attempt to drive them out?

However, Rook was not the only person hiding in the shadows. A far more dangerous figure was haunting the filthy streets of Stamchester striking fear into Avanish and Saouiasei alike; Billy Drainer, a serial killer who not only murdered his victims but drained them of every ounce of their precious, life giving blood.

For within blood was a highly sought after commodity, the ability to enhance a person’s natural abilities through the art of Bloodskill. To be faster and stronger than a normal person was something those with money were willing to pay handsomely for.

There’s not much that I have to complain about this story. I loved the steampunk elements, the science of bloodtypes mixed with magic. I loved the warring factions, the character development, the strife. Rook and her gang might be on the wrong side of the law, but they’re fighting for their people. I can’t wait to read more.



Two books for the month is pretty far under the 8-9 books I need to read in order to reach my 100 book goal for the end of the year. Thankfully I have the whole rest of the year to catch up to this goal. 2/100 books doesn’t look good, but when I can read upwards of 15 books in a month, I have not doubt that I’ll be able to make up this difference.

How did your reading go this month? Did the year start off with a bang? I hope so – fireworks are pretty.

Finally, the question of the month: What do you do in order to help yourself out of a reading slump?

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