Reading Wrap Up: January 2021

I read a lot during January! I’m reasonably certain that I read more in January than I’ve read in a single month for at least the past three years, and I really enjoyed almost everything I read!

Thing is, most of what I read was fanfic. I thought I’d been reading a lot of fanfic in December, but oh boy. I write down everything that I read that’s over 25k words long in my journal, and I ran out of space this past month and had to stick in an extra piece of paper so I could keep going. That hasn’t happened to me before.

I also discovered this month that some fanfics are on Goodreads. Which means that, for the small price of publicly declaring that I’ve read them, I can have them count towards my Goodreads reading goal. Which obviously I did, because I want to give myself as much credit as I can for the reading I’m doing, regardless of what it is that I’m reading.

For this wrap up I’m just going to stick to published works! I can’t really explain it, especially as I’m apparently okay with marking them as read on Goodreads, but I’d feel a bit weird posting about specific fanfics on my book blog lmao. Like I said last month, I’m happy to talk fic, so feel free to drop a comment or DM me if you want to chat!

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was gifted this for my birthday back in October by Alu (thank you so much!!), so I didn’t want to leave it any longer before getting to this one! Brosh does an excellent job of balancing hilarious anecdotes with more serious stories and musings, and her art style brings me a lot of joy. If you haven’t read this, or her first book Hyperbole and a Half, then you’re missing out!

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book! I was able to read the whole thing in just two sittings, over the course of just two days, and when I finished it I found myself in a kind of daze as my brain struggled to readjust back to the real world. It being the middle of the night probably didn’t help with that lmao. So many people have been yelling about this book, and the hype is entirely deserved. You can find my full review here.

The Girl Who… by Andreina Cordani

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This one was a disappointing read. It had the opportunity to explore so many things, such as trauma, revenge, social media, and the intricacies of step-sibling relationships, and it proceeded to explore exactly none of those things. In the end it felt like a whole lot of nothing, with a side order of demonising people with mental illnesses. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read but I wouldn’t recommend it either. You can find my full review here.

Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal by Alex Irvine

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Admittedly I skimmed the parts about monster lore, because there was a lot of it, it wasn’t what I was here for, and a good chunk of it got retconned in the show itself later on anyway. This was published while season 4 of Supernatural was airing, meaning that Castiel, angel of the Lord, had already been introduced, so the constant mention of there being Absolutely No Such Thing As Angels was 100% intended to be dramatic irony, and it cracked me up every time. It wasn’t as funny as the season 2 episode where Dean spends the whole time insisting that angels don’t exist, but hey, I’m easily amused. I can say with complete confidence that I don’t hate any other fictional character more than I hate John Winchester. That man looked at every possible way he could raise his kids and then went out of his way to be as terrible as possible. I despise him, and reading from his perspective as he justifies and/or side-steps the abuse he inflicts on his kids was a trip. This is the first, and most likely last, official Supernatural tie-in novel I’m ever going to read, and it was an accident that I even picked this one up in the first place. It was just something I had to see for myself.

Hopefully I’ll read more actual books next month! I have a huge stack of arcs, and a couple of blog tours coming up, so I don’t really have much choice. Classes are also starting up again, as well as events for my uni’s Pride society, so that will also be taking up more of my time. I might end up having to cut down on the amount of fanfic I read ;_;

What about you? How did your reading go in January?

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El is a 21 year old university student from the UK who loves to read and loves talking about what they read. They particularly like to focus on books featuring lgbtq+ main characters.

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