Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2022

  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (★★★★★)
  • World War Z by Max Brooks (★★★★☆)
  • Juniper and Thorn by Ava Reid (★★★★★)
  • Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho (★★☆☆☆)
  • Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin (★★★★☆)


An okay start to the reading year in terms of numbers, though I’m already four books behind on my Goodreads challenge, alas. But I read some great books, which is all that matters.

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15 Favorite Books of 2021

Last year I enjoyed so many books that I had to split up this post into three — speculative, non-speculative, and non-fiction. This year, The Year of the Reading Slump, I have 15 books in total that have made it onto the list, which is an indicator of how much my reading year kind of sucked, sadly. So, the fact that these books managed to stand out in the middle of one of my worst reading years ever should tell you how good they are!

They are absolutely in no particular order except maybe kind of chronological, going in order from December to January, but honestly, even that’s not accurate. Oh well. Doesn’t matter.

Onto the books!

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Favorite Book Covers of 2021

I got this idea from Rachel, who annually posts her favorite book covers of the year! It’s honestly one of my favorite posts that she does, so I don’t know why I haven’t done my own in previous years, but here we are!

To clarify: these books are all published in 2021, and I have not read all of them, nor do I necessarily want to read all of them. We’re going purely off looks here!

Onto the books!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2021

  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher (★★★★☆)
  • How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith (★★★★★)
  • Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters (★★★★☆)
  • Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (★★★☆☆)


So, I read (1) more book than I had planned, and that book was a novella, so there’s not much to write home about there, but I think it was still a good reading month! I enjoyed all these books, no duds, and three of them are books that have been on my TBR for a long time.

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