January felt like a weird month, a long month that felt like several years nested into the days, and just… L O N G. But I also didn’t get as much reading done as I would have hoped (even though eight books is a respectable number), or anything really, and honestly I’m okay with that. January and the pressure of performing in the first month of the new year is too much sometimes, and I think, especially for me who is currently working in retail, I need that time and space to give myself permission to do nothing at all and just unwind from the stress of the holidays.
I also started off the month with a disappointing read, so I think that threw off my whole reading excitement for a while. I’ve also been really into reading literary criticism/books about books and history, and I have a feeling this trend is going to continue for a while. But I also know I have a tendency to get stuck on certain subjects and genres, so I’ll see where it goes!
In January, I read:
- On Nineteen Eighty-Four, by D.J. Taylor (1.5/5 stars)
- Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, by Stephen Greenblatt (5/5 stars)
- Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd (4.5/5 stars)
- A Beginning at the End, by Mike Chen (4/5 stars)
- Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac, by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky (4/5 stars)
- How to Watch a Movie, by David Thomson (1.5/5 stars)
- What a Difference a Duke Makes, by Lenora Bell (3/5 stars)
- The Map of Knowledge, by Violet Moller (5/5 stars)
I also finally acknowledged that I am 1000% a mood reader and I don’t think I’ll be setting myself monthly TBRs much anymore, unless I do have obligations or definite reads I want to get to. I’ve also been a little better about writing reviews and getting posts ready. I want to try to post at least four days a week, with reviews and other things, and I think I have a few ideas for consistent posts that will help be sure I do hit that four posts a week mark.
How was your January?