January Wrap Up! ’22

Happy February! January was a busy month for me, but surprisingly, I ended up getting a decent amount of reading done! So I’m just gonna start yappin’ about it:

Books

Comfort Me With Apples was my first read of the year, a 10 in 2020 book, and a new favorite. I picked this book up at BN’s half price hard cover sale and was drawn to read it immediately.

I don’t want to say what it’s about – honestly don’t even read the synopsis. Go in blind.

But I loved this novella. It was so unsettling and I still think about it a month later. – 5 stars

Shorefall was a buddy read I finished up with month with Meredith @Allboutthembooks and stuff. We read Foundryside together in early 2021 and both loved it, and then we both loved this one as well! It really expanded on the lore, and the villain is one of my favorite I’ve come across. The third one comes out this summer and I am p u m p e d about it! – 5 stars

So, Lonesome Dove was recommended to me by my mother as part of the 12 Friend Recommendations book challenge I’m doing this year. I decided to pick it up first, as it was the most daunting. I didn’t expect I would like it, but hey, I’ll eat my words. I really, really liked this book.

This book broke my heart, and I’m going to think about it for a long time. I grew to really like all the characters, even the characters that I hated, and they all pulled on my heartstrings by the end of it.

This just goes to show that I shouldn’t judge a book by its genre. – 4 stars

I picked up Dave Grohl’s memoir on audio book after randomly seeing it displayed on a table in my local BN. I didn’t even know he had put out a book until I saw it. So I got a physical copy for my mom for Christmas and I picked up the audio for me and listened to it.

Dave Grohl is the lead singer of the Foo Fighters, one of my favorite bands, so it was neat to hear his stories, especially because he narrated it himself. I liked it! – 4 stars

Manga

I read the entire series of A Silent Voice this month, all seven volumes! I watched the movie of this anime last year and really liked it, and after I received the box set of the manga for Christmas, I buzzed right through it.

I really enjoyed this manga. It was happy and sad and wholesome and sorrowful. It was lovely. – 4.2 stars averaged

So overall I read 11 things – 7 manga and 4 books! Doing good so far! Here’s what else I was up to:

Reading Goals

  • Read a total of 80 books – 11/80
    • 35 novels/books – 4/35
    • 45 manga/graphic novels – 7/35
  • Complete my 10 in 2022 list – 1/10
  • Complete the 12 Friend Recommendations Challenge – 1/12
  • Reduce physical fiction TBR to 115 (currently 157) – 159
  • Reduce physical manga TBR to 100 (currently 146) – 140

Other Stuff

  • I went back to work this past Monday, finishing up my maternity leave (WAH)
  • I created a new reading nook in the living room. It’s nice, especially since my book room is gone
  • My kid giggles now, my heart ❤

And that’s it! Until next time!

 

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