January Wrap Up // apart from the year, nothing new really

Gosh. Let me say it again on behalf of all those like me are confused by the mechanisms of time – How are we already a month into 2022? It’s like I blinked and the year went by. Hold up, does that mean–

*blink* How are we already a month into 2023? *blink* How are we already a month into 2024?

Okay enough of that. Many of you might be kind enough to wonder where my usual bird fact intro is, so let me finally explain. In 2022, we have a brand new category of introductions to my monthly wrap ups – and it is *drumroll* uncommon and weird words! *waits for applause, instead gets the sarcastic slow clap* Hey hey, hear me out at least.

Finifugal sounds like nonsense, but it means “afraid of finishing anything”. (speaking of which, my biology assignment is pending, brb)

If This Gets Out
Sweet & Bitter Magic
Portrait of a Thief

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales Boy bands, secret parties and a glimpse of the stage life with an added dose of heartbreak and identity and fighting back. (Mom squad forever!!) ★★★★

Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley I’m a simple gal. Give me some magical witchy-ness, grumpy-sunshine romance, and perilous journeys leading to epic facedowns, and I’m sold. ★★★★

Portrait Of A Thief by Grace D. Li Not gonna lie, I came only for the heists. And while that certainly did deliver, nothing could have prepared me for the internal conflicts of identity and futures at stake. This one was full of surprises, and I mean that as a compliment. ★★★★

Caraval (Caraval, #1)
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)
Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights, #2)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber No we do not need a reminder on how dangerous the game is and a warning of not being swept away every two pages, thank you very much. Plus Scarlett was annoying and a little dumb. ★★

Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody Uhh I think dark fantasy is just not for me?? ★★½

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong Miss Gong did it again. The number of times I died and got resurrected while reading this is not even funny. ★★★★½

My first post of the year, and what better than to review three books from my newest favourite genre and my newest favourite author? Read my mini reviews of Perfect On Paper, Only Mostly Devastated and If This Gets Out here.

I never knew there were so many Disney fans here until I wrote this post and got an overwhelming response? But anyway, I compare some of my favourite disney movies to some of my favourite books, so it’s a win win really. Read it here!

A random post in which I try (and perhaps fail miserably? but shh) to guess the zodiac signs of some of my favourite characters based on their personalities! Read it here.

I review an ARC of This Last Adventure by Ryan Dalton, a middle grade focused on the grandson of an Alzheimers’ patient. You can read it here.

We have a special guest on the blog in this one, and it’s none other than my friend Anoushka from Dipped In Ink! She cleverly answers a set of (extremely hard, if i do say so myself) questions and i do the same on her blog! Read the whole shenanigan here.

Kaya @A Fictional Bookworm reviews Disney’s latest movie Encanto!
Andge @Down The Rabbit Hole reviews You’ve Reached Sam!
Ritz @Living Loving Reading writes a discussion on banned books!
Charvi @Not Just Fiction recommends books based on board games!
Rania @Rania’s Rambling Reads reviews Portrait Of A Thief!
Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner lists 7 bookish details she misunderstood as a kid!
Suhani @Random Reader’s Rambles recommends books based on zodiac signs!

🪄Academics wise, January was top tier in the sense that I got selected for courses for the next academic year in the institute I’m studying in, with very good ranks (1 and 4 respectively for two different courses) and generous scholarships. Ok now i’m going to stop the bragging.

🪄Not ‘exciting’ per se, and I think I mentioned in one of my earlier posts as well but the third week of January was pure torture, in terms of health at least. I was sick for nearly that entire week, and it was PAINFUL. And I still have a bad cold, which is annoying at the very least.

🪄Some better news is that I’m now paying more attention to my WIP (atleast I was, until I fell ill hmph) which had been pitifully neglected the past few weeks. Progress is still extremely slow though (there go your dreams of seeing a published copy in your lifetime MWAHAHA) but we’re getting there. Slowly. Very Slowly.

🪄I’m also starting to be more active on twitter now, so go give me a follow there! My tag is @callmeabookworm

How did you like the transition from “birds” to “words”?(no it has not escaped my notice that they rhyme) Have you read any of the mentioned books? Thoughts?? And link your monthly wrap ups if you’ve posted, I’d love to read them!

~ Rachel

32 thoughts on “January Wrap Up // apart from the year, nothing new really

  1. I love the new intro hahah, finifugal kind of describes my current scenario perfectly , I mean a stack of incomplete assignments are currently glaring at me while I’m writing this but let’s just ignore that for now 😃
    All those books look so wonderful and I’m hoping to read them someday! Especially portrait of a thief – it seems so interesting!
    And aww thank you so so much for mentioning my post!! 💗💗🥺🥺
    AHH congratulations on the scholarships!!!! That’s so amazing to hear!!
    Loved reading this so much and hoping you have a wonderful February!

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    1. the fact that you’re not coming at me with swords for removing the bird facts is very encouraging, thank you.
      yesss hope u enjoy portrait of a thief when it comes out! no problem, i love your posts ❤
      tysm, same to you suhani!

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  2. Ahh, loved the new intro! Finifugal is such an amazing word- and it describes the current state of my affairs, especially academically.
    The amount of praise I’ve heard for Our Violent Delights and its sequel, is unbelievable- I really must get to it soon!
    Congratulations on your academic achievements- that’s so cool!
    Awesome post Rachel!

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  3. ahh, everyone seems to be falling ill these days 😦 i hope your better now! i must get to reading chloe gong’s duology – the number of people that’ve loved it, i tell you. just followed you on twitter! i hope you have a great february.

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    1. i know right, the situation is so scary rn.
      yes thankfully I’ve recovered completely now, thanks!
      that’s true, i don’t think I’ve ever come across a negative review for the duology, and trust me it is worth the hype!!
      followed you back, tysm maya :))

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  4. Sorry you got sick, it sounds awful, and I hope you’re recovering now💜 I know, how is it already a month into 2022? Im glad you enjoyed our violent ends, I’m excited to read it!

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    1. thank you, I’m all better now!
      yeah someone has got to do something about the way time is toying with us all.
      ahhh do read ove and be prepared for the pain and angst that comes with it haha!!

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  5. I’m here for the non-bird word facts! 🤗 (And let me tell you, my nerdy brain truly appreciates the way that just rhymed 🤩). However, thanks to years of Latin at school, I can also tell you that since “finire” means “to end” (the Harry Potter spell “finite incantatem” literally translates to “end the incantation” 😉) and “fugare” means “to flee”, I was not very surprised by finifugal’s meaning. Still, you bet I will integrate that into my vocabulary, because I am finifugal regarding just about anything 😅😂

    Also, a huge congrats on all your academic achievements – after the horrible month you had health-wise, I think you get to make up for it by bragging a little, and we’re all really proud! 🎉🎊📚🥳

    Finally, thank you for sharing my post! It means so much that you enjoyed it 🥺💙

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    1. NO WAY. you turned out to be the better word fact giver (and now i can’t show my face around here) because i had no idea finifugal was derived from Latin, thank you for that wonderful explanation!!
      ahh thank you so much, you’re too sweet ❤

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  6. Great wrap up! I’m definitely wondering how in the world we’re already onto the second month of 2022. Didn’t January just start? 😂 Looks like you’ve had a great month of reading. I’m keen to finally pick up my first book by Sophie Gonzales this year! Have a great February 😊

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    1. DIDNT 2021 JUST START? but we’d be here all day listening to me rant about how behind i am so anyway.
      yess sophie gonzales truly is queen of contemporary, hope you enjoy her books! thank you, you too!!

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  7. Yes I like the attempt at increasing our vocabulary (especially since mine is next to non-existent, I truly DO appreciate it) BUT I AM GOING TO MISS THE BIRD FACTS *sobs* THEY WERE YOUR SPECIALTY RACHEL, HOW COULD YOU???!!!!

    MWUHAHAHAHHA I am so glad to find someone else who shares my hatred of Caraval and Scarlet and THE NUMBER OF TIMES WE ARE REMINDED OF THE APPARENT RULES/FACTS OF THE GAME! But the first one… Is the best of the trilogy (at least in my opinions ahahhaha. Like it’s OKAY especially compared to the next two) THE REST TWO WERE SO BAD I remember forcing myself to read them because how could I not like them WHEN LITERALLY THE ENTIRETY OF THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES??? And no offense, Rachel, but it IS funny, the number of times you died and got resurrected while reading Our Violent Ends, I LAUGHED WHILE READING IT (*clears throat* your sentence, I MEAN)

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SCHOLARSHIPS!!!!!!! I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOUUUU! ❤️❤️ YES WE (read: I) VERY EXCITEDLY ANTICIPATE MORE OF ZAYNA PLEASE SO YES PAY MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR WIP THIS MONTH! I SHALL THANK YOU LATER!

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    1. I KNOW 😭 I AM VERY SAD TO SEE THEM GO TOO. oh man i anyway wasn’t going to read the trilogy and now it’s totally on my to-avoid list (although i AM tempted to read the sequels just to see HOW bad they can be). WHY MUST MY TRAGIC DEATH BE HUMOROUS TO YOU?? AND WHY HAVEN’T YOU STILL READ THE DUOLOGY, hmm? more of zayna you shall get!! (check the doc after a couple of hours and you shall find MORE chapters!!)

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  8. I KNOW 😭 I AM VERY SAD TO SEE THEM GO TOO.
    oh man i anyway wasn’t going to read the trilogy and now it’s totally on my to-avoid list (although i AM tempted to read the sequels just to see HOW bad they can be).
    WHY MUST MY TRAGIC DEATH BE HUMOROUS TO YOU?? AND WHY HAVEN’T YOU STILL READ THE DUOLOGY, hmm?
    more of zayna you shall get!! (check the doc after a couple of hours and you shall find MORE chapters!!)

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