January 2021 Wrap Up

Hello! I decided that moving forward I would compile all my thoughts on the books I read into monthly wrap ups. I think personally for me it takes away the stress of doing reviews for every single book because most of the time I don’t have too much to say. I will probably still do book reviews, but I will save those for books that really moved me or deserve more commentary.

My first read of 2021 was The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. I must admit that this book blew my mind. I had seen it around the book community for a bit, but I was unsure if it was my cup of tea. It’s a novella that really focuses on the themes of feminism and the friendship between two women. The queen wasn’t necessarily a nice woman. She did the things she did to protect her friend, but it wasn’t always a good thing. I gave this a solid 5/5 stars.

Lirael was a buddy read that I had started in December and finished going into January. It’s the second book in the series that takes place about 15-20 years after the first book. I honestly really enjoyed Lirael character and her little dog companion. The plot twist caught me off guard a bit because I hadn’t expected that. I’m beyond excited to continue on with the story. I think it’ll be nice to see how it ends and how the new books reinvent the story. I gave it a 4.5/5 stars.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus was for my book server’s readalong book. I went into this book with very low expectations. I am not a huge fan of YA thrillers because most of the time they are predictable. I listened to this on audiobook and it felt like a podcast. I think the resolve of the story happened way too fast. One moment we are approaching the “culprit” and bam it was over. It was still a fun read. I gave it 3/5 stars.

Citizen by Claudia Rankine was actually provided by my university. It’s a poetry collection focusing on racism and what it is like to live with it in modern society. It was a really eye opening experience to see how ingrained racism is even today. Her essays and imagery throughout the book were really bold and powerful. I definitely think it is worth the read especially if you are trying to understand how deep-rooted racism is in today’s society. I rated it 4/5 stars.

Those are the books I have finished in January. I’m in the middle of These Violent Delights and Dune, but I do not need myself finishing them before the end of the weekend. What are some of your favorite reads from the month so far? Leave them in the comments!