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

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January Wrap-Up // ft. Wrap-Ups for Among Us Readathon and Explore-a-thon

January has been a whirlwind of a month! I had school examinations right from the beginning of the month till 15th, then had another really important examination on 26th (I know! Who keeps exams on Republic Day?) so the entire month seemed to pass by pretty quickly.

It was also a pretty good month on terms of reading, but not so much in blogging. I feel like I kinda neglected my blog a little, and just enjoyed reading other’s posts instead of writing my own. I also posted very infrequently and with long gaps, and now at the end of the month, suddenly three posts pop up on three consecutive days. (Atleast that’s how I have planned this post, are you reading this on the 31st, or after?) So sorry about that, I hope to be a little more consistent from now onwards.

Reading

I read 5 books (plus 1 comic, but I don’t count comics in my book count) this month, and a total of 2391 pages which is a quite a lot more than what I read last month. The books I read were (in order) –

Tin by Padraig Kenny [MY REVIEW]

My first book of the year!!

Unlocked by Shannon Messenger [My Rating – 4.5 stars]

The Red Scrolls Of Magic by Cassandra Clare [MY REVIEW]

The Reader by Traci Chee [My Rating – 3.5 stars]

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo [Review to come soon!]

Among Us Readathon Wrap-Up

I took part in this Among-Us themed readathon as a Cyan Crewmate, and to win I had to complete all my tasks, which I did!

Tasks Completed

Required Tasks

  1. Swipe Card – Read a standalone (Tin by Padraig Kenny)
  2. Alien Engine Output 1 – A comic (Tinkle Digest)
  3. Alien Engine Output 2 – A book with greater than 500 pages (Unlocked by Shannon Messenger)
  4. Upload Data 1 – LGBTQ+ Rep (The Red Scrolls Of Magic)
  5. Upload Data 2 – A Recommendation (The Reader by Traci Chee)

Bonus Task

  1. Fuel Engine 1 – Most recent purchase (Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

Points

1200 (for required tasks) + 100 (for bonus task) = 1300 pts in total.

Explore-a-thon Wrap-Up

To successfully complete my first term at the Explorer’s Academy, I had to complete atleast 5 classes for this readathon.

Basic/Required Classes

  1. Human History – A book set in a country outside my own (The Red Scrolls Of Magic)
  2. Technology – A sci-fi or a book with focus on some kind of tech (Tin)
  3. The many Peoples Of The Universe – A diverse read (Tinkle comic)
  4. Magics Of The Universe – A fantasy (The Reader)
  5. Survival Skills – A book over 500 pages (Unlocked)

Extra Class

  1. Basic Combat – A book that includes a battle or a fight (Six Of Crows)
Favourite posts from around the blogosphere

As I said, this month I read lots of posts by fellow bloggers. Here are the links to some posts by other bloggers that I enjoyed reading-

With that, my post is all done! Thank you for staying put and reading my post to the end (I am assuming you did😂).

How did you spend your January? Did you read some great books? Comment below!

January TBR // ft. 3 Readathons and BuJo spreads

Hey guys, happy new year! How’s the new year treating you?

Today I bring to you all my reading plans for this month. First off, I am taking part in not one, not two, but three readathons this month!! Crazy, I know! I have never attempted such a feat before and I have no idea if I will be able to pull it off. The thing is, all three readathons sounded so amazing, and I couldn’t even imagine dropping any one of them. Okay, now the names of the readathons – Explore-a-thon, Among Us Readathon, and Medieval-a-thon. Go check them out on Twitter!

Believe me, it was HARD work creating a TBR to fit in the prompts of two readathons, and then I found Medieval-a-thon, and I really really wanted to take part, but I most definitely did not want to start over from my TBR again, so I have decided I will read the books according Explore-a-thon and Among Us Readathon, and then somehow try to fit them with Medieval-a-thon. Also, Medieval-a-thon takes place from 10th January to 10th February, while the other two are from 1st-31st January, this is another reason I still haven’t decided my ‘profession’ for Medieval-a-thon, and will just go along whatever I read.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my TBR!

Tin by Padraig Kenny

Christopher is ‘Proper’: a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher’s world is changed for ever… What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human.

Unlocked by Shannon Messenger

In this extra special installment of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, the story picks up right from Legacy’s particularly devastating cliffhanger. But chapters alternate between Sophie and Keefe’s perspectives to give readers deeper insights into both beloved characters. New powers will be discovered. Hard truths from the past will come to light. And all of your favorite characters will find themselves tested in ways they never imagined.

OMG, this got delivered today (January 1st), and I am soooo excited!

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand before the cult can cause any more damage. Demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

The Reader by Traci Chee

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

Tinkle Double Digest

I know you might be surprised seeing this on my TBR. I give these old comics of mine a re-read from time to time, and a class for Explore-a-thon required me to read a comic, so I though, why not?

These are the five books on my TBR. I have included synopses as well, so if any catch your attention, do make sure to add them to your TBR as well!

Now for my BuJo spreads. I am making three different spreads for the three readathons, but I am still working on Medieval-a-thon because I still have a some more days till it starts. Right now I am sharing the spreads of Explore-a-thon and Among Us Readathon.

That was it for this post! I would love to know your thoughts on these books if you’ve read any of them, and whether you’re taking part in any read-a-thons this month!